The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, guided them to foods that lower the level of stress after facing an affliction
` that when someone from her family died, the women would gather together because of the death. After they left, her family and closest friends would remain and she would order that a pot of Talbeenah (soup made from barley flour and bran4 ) be made, then Thareed would be made (a dish made of meat, bread and broth), and the Talbeenah would be poured over it. Then she would say, “Eat O you women, for I heard Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, say: ‘Talbeenah relieves the heart of someone who is ill, and does away with a bit of sadness and worry.’”
Some medical benefits of Talbeenah: Dr. Zaghlool An-Najjaar said: “Barley soup does away with thirst, is a diuretic, is easily digested, and is beneficial for coughs and sore throats. It benefits those with breathing difficulties, cleanses the stomach, benefits kidney and urinary disorders, has a cooling effect on the body in general, and boosts the immune system.”
Scientific studies have shown that barley lowers blood cholesterol:
In 1985, Lipids magazine produced an article about the benefits of barley and other plants in curing high blood cholesterol levels, which mentioned studies conducted by experts from the Department of Agriculture in America who found that it consists of three elements, all three of which lower blood cholesterol.
Dr. Zaghlool An-Najjaar said: “Modern studies have shown that these chemical compounds (that make up barley) have a very positive effect on the conductors between the neurons, in a way that helps reduce episodes of grief and sorrow, and causes the person’s disposition to lean more towards being happy, relieved, and tranquil.
Episodes of grief and sorrow these days are diagnosed as being the result of chemical disorders in the human body. Its cure is through consuming foods that cure this disorder, such as barley soup, which is rich with beneficial nutrients.”