The husked seeds of Hordeum distichon. Britain.

Characters. - White, rounded, retaining a trace of the longitudinal farrow.

Composition. - Starch, albuminous matter, cellulose, and a small quantity of fixed oil.

Preparation.

Decoctum Hordei. Barley Water. - Pearl barley, 2 oz.; boiling water, 30 fl. oz. The barley is first washed well in cold water, which is thrown away, and then the barley is boiled for twenty minutes and strained.

Use. - The decoction is used as a demulcent drink.