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How to Grow Wheatgrass

By , 5 June, 2011, No Comment

Growing your own wheatgrass is one of the best ways to ensure that you are able to get the highest quality wheat grass plants. These plants will then provide the most nutritious and beneficial wheatgrass juice possible. We always recommend starting with organic seeds and soil to eliminate any risk of unnecessary or harmful additives or ingredients that can detract from the beneficial effects of the wheatgrass juice.

 

Growing Wheatgrass

Growing Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass juice is so packed with nutrients and other healthy compounds that it is frequently referred to as liquid sunshine. The best and most healthful compounds found under the sun are packed into the wheatgrass plant and the simplest way to get the most out of this ultimate blood purifier is to drink the extracted wheatgrass juice.

Finding a reliable source of fresh wheatgrass juice is not always easy. In fact, the only way to really ensure that you have a steady supply of fresh, organic wheatgrass juice is to grow your own plants and juice them yourself. This process is not as difficult as it may sound at first. Growing wheatgrass is easy and takes very little space; just a sunny window or area on the deck and you can grow your own wheat grass plants.

 

 

Here’s a step-by-step guide for growing wheatgrass at home:

 

Gather the Necessary Supplies


Seedling Tray

Seedling Tray

 

These standard sized 11″ x 21″ x 2″ Seedling Trays
are made from 80% recycled polystyrene with drainage slots for the perfect moisture balance. They are reusable and recyclable and come in a pack of 5 trays or flats. Perfect for growing wheatgrass from seed to harvest and the trays can be reused over and over again. One standard tray will typically yield about 14 to 18 ounces of wheatgrass juice. The amount of wheatgrass juice you need will depend on a number of factors, but most people start with one to two ounces per day, per person.

 

Organic Potting Soil Mix

Organic Potting Soil Mix

 

An exceptional blend of Organic Potting Soil
that is ideal for new seedlings, complete with everything your wheatgrass plants will need. It is ready to be used directly from the bag and has a light texture that has proven most effective for drainage and aeration.

 

Organic Wheatgrass Seeds

Organic Wheatgrass Seeds

 

One pound (16-ounces) Organic Wheatgrass Seeds
. Seeds are certified organic and have a high germination rate and long shelf life.

 

Spray Bottle for Plants

Spray Bottle for Plants

 

This Pressurized Plant Mister
is the easiest way to spray/mist your wheatgrass plants. No risk of over-watering, no-mess and much easier than a hand spray bottle.

 

 

How to Grow Wheatgrass:

 

Step #1 – Germinating your Wheatgrass Seeds

Use organic wheatgrass seeds for the freshest tasting and sweetest wheatgrass juice. Organic seeds also help ensure that your wheatgrass has no residual chemicals or other contaminants that will affect the wholesome and nutritious benefits of the juice. Germinate your seeds for the best results.

Germinating Wheatgrass

Germinating Wheatgrass

  • Place enough seeds to plant one layer in whatever tray you are using. Place these seeds into a bowl; about 1-1/2 to 2 cups.
  • Using clean water, rinse and drain the seeds. Next, place the seeds in a clean container with approximately two or three times the amount of cool water to seeds. Cover and place in a cool location.
  • Let the seeds soak in this water for approximately 8 to 10 hours.
  • Drain the water, gently rinse and again place in a container with approximately two to three times cool water to seeds, ratio. Again, soak for eight to ten hours. Keep covered with a clean towel or plastic wrap while soaking.
  • After this second soaking, drain the water and repeat the gentle rinsing and soaking for a third period of eight to ten hours.
  • Check to see if the seeds have begun to sprout roots; the roots should be at least 1/8” to 1/4”. The seeds will usually sprout within a day or two; once they have reached this point they are ready for planting.
  • If after the third soaking, the seeds still have not sprouted roots of at least 1/8”, continue rinsing and soaking the seeds until they germinate. Be sure to rinse and give the seeds fresh water at least twice each day or they will turn sour and won’t germinate.

Step #2 – Preparing the Seedling Tray

  • Line the tray with paper towels that are unbleached. The towels will prevent the roots from growing out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the tray.
  • Set the tray on a liner or something that will catch any water that may drip out form the drainage slots.
  • Next, fill the tray with approximately 1-1/2” of organic potting mix that has been pre-moistened. Be sure that your potting soil is organic and has no added chemicals or artificial fertilizers.

Step #3 – Plant the Germinated Seeds

  • Rinse the germinated seeds one final time before planting.
  • Evenly layer your sprouted wheatgrass seeds over your damp potting soil, be sure you cover all dirt and make a dense layer. Very gently press the sprouted seeds onto the soil.
  • Thoroughly water the seeds until water drips out the bottom of your tray.
  • Cover the sprouted seeds with a sheet of damp newspaper or paper towels. You want to keep the seeds dark, cool and moist until they develop green shoots that are about 1” tall; about one or two days.
  • Once they have developed green shoots, remove the damp newspaper and place the wheatgrass tray in indirect sunlight; preferably near a sunny window with adequate ventilation. You do not want your wheatgrass to be in direct sunlight.
  • Keep the wheat grass plants cool, moist and in a sunny location.

Step #4 – Keeping your Wheatgrass Plants Watered

You will want to water the young shoots at least once or twice a day depending on where you live. If you live in a humid environment, you will water less than a dry climate. The important thing is to be sure that the soil does not get dry which will cause the wheatgrass shoots to die off before they have a chance to take root.

The best way to water your wheatgrass plants is to use a light to medium setting on a spray bottle. Once the shoots are approximately an inch tall, you can reduce watering to maybe once per day; again, this will depend on the climate where you live. Always be sure the soil remains just damp enough to keep the roots moist, but avoid over-watering.

Step #5 – Harvesting Your Wheatgrass

From planting to harvesting, your wheatgrass will take about seven days. You should harvest the wheatgrass when it is about 6” to 7” tall; this is the point when the wheatgrass is at its peak of nutritional value. After this point there is a rapid reduction in its nutritional content.

When you harvest the wheatgrass, you will want to use a pair of sharp scissors and cut as close to the soil as possible. You will want to be sure that you keep planting new trays as you are harvesting, so that you always have a fresh supply of wheatgrass to juice. If for some reason you can not juice the wheatgrass plants on the day you harvest them, wrap them with a damp paper towel and keep them in the refrigerator. The plants will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week; just be sure you do not let the plants get too tall or you lose the nutritional benefit.

A standard 11” x 21” tray will yield approximately 16 to 20 ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice.

Step #6 – Juicing the Wheatgrass

To juice the wheatgrass, you will need a wheatgrass juicer. The important thing is to pick a juicer that will be able to extract the juice without causing the machine to clog or breakdown. Most lightweight home juicers are not adequate to handle the fibrous wheatgrass plant. There are several great models of juicers that will do an excellent job of juicing wheatgrass plants.

Before juicing, be sure to rinse your wheatgrass plants. Place the plants in your juicer top down; this will help you get the most yield from your plants while maintaining maximum nutritional content.

 

 

Choose a complete wheatgrass kit and you’ll have everything you need to get started.

 

Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit – Grow & Juice Wheat Grass: Trays, Seed, Soil, Instructions & More

Contains 5 1 lb. bags of wheat, 5 trays, 2 5 lb. bags soil, 1 azomite, Book : Wheatgrass, Sprouts, Microgreens and the Living Food Diet” by Living Whole…

 

Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit w/ Hurricane Stainless Steel Wheat Grass Juicer- Everything to Grow & Juice Wheatgrass

If you need a great kit with a juicer that will juice grasses, then the Wheatgrass Growing Kit w/ the heavy duty Hurricane Manual Juicer is everything…

 

CocoTek Hydroponic Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit – Grow Wheat Grass without Dirt / Soil

Each kit comes with simple easy to follow growing and harvesting instructions that will have you juicing healthy super-nutritious juice within ten days…

 

Pet Greens Garden Wheat Grass Self-Grow Kit

100% certified organic and gluten-free wheatgrass

 

Tribest Wheatgrass Grower

Sproutman’s Soil-Free Wheat grass Grower so that anyone can easily grow and enjoy the health benefits of fresh wheat grass in their own home. The Sproutman…

 

Certified Organic Hard Red Wheat – 5 Lbs – For Growing Wheatgrass to Juice, Sprouting Seed, Grinding to Make Flour & Bread, Growing Ornamental Wheat Grass & More. Makes Excellent Food Storage. Outstanding Germination Rate.

All Wheat is Not Equal We have had the experience of growing wheatgrass and being in the commercial wheatgrass business over the last 14 years. During…

 

Healthy Juicer – Manual Hand Powered Wheatgrass Juicer – Wheat grass juicer

Healthy Juicer, the affordable manual wheatgrass juicer Features & Specifications The Healthy Juicer is the easiest, most efficient and most affordable…

 

Omega 8005 Juicer and the Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit – Combo Includes Juice Machine & Wheat Grass Grow Kit – Grow & Juice Wheat Grass for Pennies a Day. Includes: Electric Juicer, Trays, Seed, Soil, Azomite Trace Mineral Fertilizer, Instructions & a Book; Wheatgrass, Nature’s Finest Miracle By Steve Meyerowitz

Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit and the Omega Model 8005 Now Available, FRUIT JUICE EXTRACTOR Omega 8005 Nutrition Center efficiently juices hard and soft…

 

The Wheatgrass Book: How to Grow and Use Wheatgrass to Maximize Your Health and Vitality by Ann Wigmore

The Wheatgrass Book: How to Grow and Use Wheatgrass to Maximize Your Health and Vitality by Ann Wigmore Features & SpecificationsThe Wheatgrass Book…

 

Wheatgrass : Superfood for a New Millennium

Wheatgrass authority Li Smith describes the outstanding nutritive and therapeutic benefits of consuming wheatgrass juice. From a holistic perspective…

 

 

Wheatgrass Juicer

By , 2 November, 2010, No Comment

Wheatgrass juice has continued to gain popularity due to the remarkable health benefits it provides. However, juicing wheatgrass is not quite as simple as juicing other types of produce. Wheatgrass is very fibrous and can easily clog many types of electric juicers. Another thing that needs to be taken into consideration is the speed of the juicer. Many of today’s high speed juicers are fine for most types of produce, but the juicers with extremely high speeds can be counter-productive for a wheatgrass juicer because it will oxidize the enzymes in the wheatgrass juice.

A citrus juicer will not be powerful enough to extract the juice from the wheat grass plant and while manual wheatgrass juicers can do a great job, not everyone has the strength, or the determination to want to go this route.

There are several great wheatgrass juicers including the Power Juicer, which is a Jack LaLanne juicer. The Jack LaLanne juicer is a powerful juicer capable of standing up to the particular demands of juicing wheatgrass. The Jack Lalanne Power Juicer is a reliable juicer machine that has a long reputation of delivering quality juicing.

Jack Lalanne’s JLSS Power Juicer Deluxe Stainless-Steel Electric Juicer

$124.99

Jack Lalanne PJP Power Juicer Pro Stainless-Steel Electric Juicer

$149.95

Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain

$77.00

Other popular juicer machine options are the Norwalk Juicer, the Juiceman Juicer and the Breville Juicer Juice Fountain, both excellent choices that have proven their ability to consistently deliver top-quality results at an affordable price.

There is nothing you can do that will improve and alter you health as much as implementing a juicing regimen into your daily life. Drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables every day will dramatically improve your health and well-being.  Making the decision to begin juicing can be one of the most important decisions in your life. Not only is a juicer an investment, a juicer is also an investment in your future health.

Whichever wheatgrass juicer you choose, be sure it is a high quality juicer and it will certainly become a favorite appliance in your healthy kitchen. Many wheatgrass juicers, as well as all-around juicers, will come with a couple of juicer recipes included with the machine. However, it is always a good idea to pick up one of the many good books for juicer recipes; this will help get you started and show you the versatility of your new machine.

Wheatgrass Growing Kit W-400 by Back To Basics

$39.95

Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit w/ Hurricane Stainless Steel Wheat Grass Juicer- Everything to Grow & Juice Wheatgrass

$132.95

Healthy Juicer – Manual Hand Powered Wheatgrass Juicer – Wheat grass juicer

$44.95

Breville Juicer

By , 19 July, 2010, 2 Comments
Breville Juicer
Breville Juicer

 

The Breville Juicer

A juice extractor is designed to break down the cellulose barriers in the cells of the fruits, vegetables, grasses and herbs you process with your juicer.  By breaking down these barriers the abundance of healthy nutrients and enzymes are easily released and absorbed quickly by the body.  Juicing makes it possible to ingest large quantities of nutrients that would otherwise be impossible given the massive amounts of food you would need to consume.  These vital nutrients are then made available immediately to the cells in your body when consumed in freshly extracted juices.

Drinking fresh juice daily will help the body detoxify and rebuild through the assimilation of the vital life-giving enzymes and nutrients.  This inpouring of essential nutrients provides enormous health benefits and can aid in the healing and prevention of many illnesses.

When choosing a juicer there are several important factors to take into consideration:

  1. You want to receive the most juice from the produce used.
  2. The juice needs to retain the highest quality nutritional value possible.
  3. The juice you extract needs to maintain reasonable stability with all the nutritional benefits, freshness, and enzymes retained; even during extended storage.
  4. The juicer should be easy to set-up, use and clean.
  5. Your juicer should be high-quality offering you years of dependable service.

 

There are many quality juicers available and choosing a juicer need not be complicated.  If you’re looking for a wheatgrass juicer, you want one with the lowest RPM available to avoid oxidizing the wheatgrass juice.  A wheatgrass juicer is a specially designed juicer equipped to handle the fibrous nature of wheatgrass and its unique juicing requirements.  Likewise, a designated citrus juicer will not be able to accommodate juicing other fruits and vegetables.  Regardless of your needs, a Breville juicer or Jack Lalanne Power Juicer will always be a good investment and give you the quality juice necessary for good health.

Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice FountainThe Breville Juice Fountain Compact has a patented 3 inch centered feed tube which juices whole fruit without cutting. The easy clean central pulp container…

$99.95

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice ExtractorThe Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite with 1000 watts is super efficient. This model has an Italian made electronic motor that increases power under…

$280.00

Breville JE900 Juice Fountain Professional Juice ExtractorPrepare delicious, vitamin-rich juices in seconds, thanks to the extra large feed chute and efficient stainless steel micro mesh filter. No need to pre…

$99.95

Breville JE95XL Two-Speed Juice Fountain PlusBreville’s two speed juice fountain plus with 850 watts and 14,000 RPM’s is beautifully designed in Chrome color and has a transparent smoked pitcher

$149.00

Breville 800CPXL Stainless Steel Citrus Press* A no compromise product formed in Diecast Zinc and Stainless Steel, with breakthrough innovations including an arm mechanism that provides clearance…

$189.95

Jack Lalanne PJP Power Juicer Pro Stainless-Steel Electric JuicerLalanne has redesigned its best selling juicer with a new, sleek stainless steel finish and some great new features, such as a non-drip spout and stainless…

$149.95

 

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The Breville Juicer – BJE200XL

The Breville Juice Fountain Compact BJE200XL is a heavy-duty juice machine with a 700 watt motor with a center blade assembly that operates at 14,000 RPM for maximum extraction.  The Breville Juice Fountain BJE200XL features an extra-large center feed tube which juices whole fruits without cutting, micro-mesh stainless steel filter, dishwasher safe components and a custom cleaning brush.  Its unique cyclonic juicing system gives 8 ounces of juice in 5 seconds for maximum extraction and results.

The Breville Juicer – 800JEXL

The Juice Fountain Elite 1000 Watt Juice Extractor.

The Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL is a super efficient juicer featuring a round 3 inch center feed tube to accommodate whole fruits and vegetables.  This 1000 watt juicer comes with two speed controls, high (13,000 RPM) and low (6,500 RPM), to accommodate both hard and soft fruits, as well as a die-cast steel housing, stainless-steel micromesh filter and a titanium-plated cutting disk.

Breville Juicer – JE900

The Breville Juice Fountain JE900 is a juice bar in your own home!

This is a juice machine for the juicing enthusiast.  The Breville JE900 juicer is primarily designed for the serious juicer.  While it’s a good value for its price, it may bee too much if you’re simply looking for a citrus juicer for your morning OJ.  If you’re a juicing enthusiast, this machine will be right up your alley.

The JE900 features a powerful 600 watt centered motor, so no power is lost in electrical transition or resistance; patented center knife blade cutter assembly; Italian-Made Stainless Steel Micro Mesh Cutter and Filter; large 3 inch wide feed tube; extra large pulp container; dishwasher safe parts; and a bonus juice pitcher with froth separator.

Breville Juicer – JE95XL

The Breville Juice Fountain Plus Two-Speed JE95XL

This professional juice extractor easily adjusts to any juicing load while maximizing juice extraction.  Its powerful 850 watt, computer controlled 14,000 RPM motor extracts an 8 ounce glass of juice in 5 seconds!  Complete with a patented micro-mesh Italian stainless-steel filter; 2-speed electronic control; extra large centrifugal feed chute for juicing whole fruits and vegetables; dishwasher safe parts.  Includes a one liter juice jug with froth separator and a large capacity, removable pulp container.

Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Pro PJP

The Jack Lalanne Power Juicer PJP produces juice quickly and easily with its whisper quiet 3,600 RPM induction motor and patented extraction technology that protects vital nutrients and enzymes.  Complete with an extra large round feed chute, surgical quality stainless steel blade and mesh filter, large capacity pulp collector, non-drip spout and dishwasher safe parts.  This Power Juicer comes in a sleek stainless-steel finish and some great new features.

Breville 800CPXL Citrus Juicer

The Breville 800CPXL is a professional-grade brushed stainless-steel citrus juicer.   This is a wonderfully functional juicer with an excellent design.  The industrial strength, whisper quiet motor with revolutionary active-arm system provides maximum juice extraction with a non-drip juice spout.  Two filters allow for variable juice pulp.  Complete with dishwasher safe parts and dust cover.

Visit our selection above for a high-quality juicer delivered straight to your door!  You’ll soon be enjoying the many health benefits of your new Breville Juicer.

  

 

What is Wheatgrass Juice?

By , 25 May, 2010, 3 Comments

Wheat grass is simply the young wheat plant (Triticum aestivum).  It is commonly used for its extensive health benefits and is now one of the most widely used natural food supplements.  It has also been shown to be a highly effective natural remedy for many conditions.  Extensive medical and scientific research since the 1930’s has shown that wheatgrass juice can facilitate and hasten the natural healing process.

Wheatgrass can be easily grown at home, which is part of its huge appeal.  Wheatgrass seeds or a small flat of wheatgrass can often be purchased at health food stores.  It requires very little maintenance and can provide a ready supply of fresh wheatgrass for juicing.  A flat of wheatgrass should be kept in sunlight and watered regularly.

Chlorophyll, protein, and most of the vitamins found in wheatgrass reach their peak concentrations just prior to the plant’s jointing stage (the point at which the intermodal tissue in the grass begins to elongate, forming a stem), this is when the benefits of wheat grass are at their highest.  The wheatgrass should be harvested at this stage for optimum nutritional value.

Wheatgrass by nature is too fibrous for humans to digest and needs to be liquefied or juiced with a wheat grass juicer prior to consumption.  Juicing releases the nutrients and provides a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and enzymes. When choosing a wheat grass juicer, be sure you get one designed for the rigors of this type of juicing.

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A typical dose of wheatgrass juice is about two ounces, once or twice a day, for regular maintenance.  If you’re looking to do a deep cleanse or to detoxify, a slightly larger dose can be taken three or four times a day.  Two ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice is equivalent in nutritional value to approximately four pounds of organic green vegetables.

Wheatgrass juice contains approximately 70% chlorophyll, which is said to help heal tissue and flush toxins from the body.  It can also clean the lymphatic system, build red blood cells and  provide an antibacterial agent, protecting the body from illness.

In “The American Journal of Surgery” (1940), Benjamin Cruskin, M.D., recommends chlorophyll for its antiseptic benefits. The article suggests the following clinical uses for chlorophyll: to clear up foul-smelling odors, neutralize strep infections, heal wounds, hasten skin grafting, cure chronic sinusitis, overcome ear inflammation and infections, reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal sores, successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal infections, reduce typhoid fever, and cure advanced pyorrhea in many cases.

The antibacterial benefits of wheatgrass can be used both internally (when consumed as a juice), or externally when applied directly to the body or used for soaking.

Wheatgrass benefits are also found in the form of wheatgrass powder which has been used for over 50 years as a vitamin and mineral supplement.  Wheatgrass powder is considered one of the most potent green leafy vegetables available.

Whether you’re looking to supplement your diet with a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, or you’re in need of an effective natural remedy for a particular health condition; wheat grass juice may be what you’re looking for.