When I was first exposed to wheatgrass juice, I must admit I was seriously thrown in at the deep end! I had a weeks stay at a Hippocrates Health Center and wheatgrass juice is one of the major components of the whole Hippocrates Diet and Health Program.
I can remember sitting at the table with the other newly arrived guests the first evening. And the absolutely horrified looks on our faces and we sat looking at each other with total incomprehension, just stunned. We were all totally immobilized!
This was right after being told that we were expected to (and please pardon my phrasing here but nothing else fits) not just drink it – but to also stick it up our bums! WHAT??? None of us had any inkling that enemas were a part of the Hippocrates program. Heck, most of us didn’t even know what enemas were. And “implants”? What the …!
It was a rather life-changing experience for most of us, which came with a lot of confusion, interesting experiences and a great deal of hilarity. Did I mention that laughter is the best medicine?
However, more of that entire experience will be for a different article – at another time. Here, in this article, I just want to go over the range of benefits wheatgrass juice has on our health. Below are listed some of the important functions of this incredibly healthful superfood of all superfoods.
Some Benefits Of Wheatgrass Juice:
- Proven to lower blood pressure
- Helps the digestive system by flushing toxins from the system
- Slows the graying of hair and removes dandruff
- Suppresses appetite, curves cravings, and stimulates metabolism and circulation
- Protects the body from outside pollutants by building up the white blood cells
- Gives an anti-inflammatory effect on arthritis, ulcers, bug bites and skin disorders
- Builds blood by building red blood cells quickly
- Energizes and reduces fatigue
- Promotes regularity and helps fight constipation
- Reduces or eliminates offensive body and breath odors
- Has antibacterial properties that reduce symptoms of sore throats
- Is a topical antibacterial useful for burns on the skin including sunburn
- Aids in stopping tooth decay
- Chewing wheatgrass is said to enhance alertness
- Helps in cleansing the liver
- Calms the nervous system
- The chlorophyll in wheatgrass stabilizes blood sugar levels
- Reduces fever & irritability in children
- Fades blemishes and sunspots by stimulating the growth of healthy new skin and tightening of older skin
- Effective in clearing sinus congestion when inhaled through the nose
What is Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is the new growth of the wheat plant. It is made into a juice by putting the grass blades through a “masticating” juicer, which uses a squeezing action to extract the juice.
How Do You Grow Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is a very easy plant to grow at home. You only need some low trays with drainage and a high quality soil. The wheat seeds are soaked initially, then spread over the damp soil in the tray. Newspaper or fabric can be used to cover the seeds until they start to sprout. Once sprouted, remove the covering. Make sure to keep the tray watered but not sodden. Once the trays are uncovered, it is important for the new shoots to get sunlight.
Wheatgrass can be harvested by cutting it with scissors when it is around 6″ tall. Cut as close to the soil as you can, because a lot of the special nutrients are stored in the lower parts of the wheat blade.
A second harvesting is usually able to be taken before the soil – which will now be choked with roots – is discarded. This matted soil can be composted and used for growing more wheatgrass trays.
Above is a tray of my growing wheatgrass. I harvest the grass usually when it is around 5 to 6 inches or so tall, by just snipping it off with scissors close to the soil. Note – I do not use any trays for juicing that have been given to my kitties! The cats do not eat it at all – they do not particularly like the cereal grasses. But they like to sniff and nuzzle it, and they all line up to get a nap on it!
The tray I have used here is an old kitty litter tray, with some holes punched in the bottom for drainage. Any similar, low sided tray will do great for growing wheatgrass in.
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