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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

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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…

 

 

The Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice

By , 29 August, 2010, No Comment

Wheatgrass Juice

Wheat grass is a natural, living, dark leafy green vegetable and has certainly become the number one health food supplement in the U.S.  Wheatgrass contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll, all the things your body needs for optimal health.  Wheatgrass juice provides an abundance of energy while cleaning harmful substances from your body.  Unfortunately, most of the foods we eat today contain a number of unhealthy substances and this build up of unhealthy elements is not limited to our food.  Every day, with every breath we take and every glass of water we drink, we are taking in toxins which are harmful to our body.  Wheatgrass juice will help remove this toxic build-up and leave you feeling great.

There are numerous nutritional experts and health care professionals who are convinced that wheatgrass is absolutely “the perfect food.”  This powerful wheatgrass juice contains a wealth of natural nourishment, providing your entire body with optimum health and strength.  Wheatgrass juice offers an incredible energy source, as well as high quality vitamins, minerals, protein and enzymes which are ideal for young and old alike.

Wheatgrass juice is simply the fresh juice that is extracted from the young wheat plant.  In their early stages, all grains are grasses, such as barley, oats, rye and wheat, and of course, the grass of the young wheat plant is called wheatgrass.  After growing for approximately seven days, the grass reaches its optimum level of nutritional value.  It is at this point that the green leafy vegetable is harvested and the wheatgrass juice is squeezed or extracted.

Some of the great benefits of drinking wheatgrass juice include:

  • Provides increased energy and stamina
  • Reduces cravings for addictive substances; this includes sugar
  • Helps relieve pain
  • Inhibits the growth of many disease causing bacteria
  • Protects the body against carcinogenic chemicals and other toxins
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Provides an anti-aging effect
  • Helps to heal wounds, sores, infections and rashes
  • Freshens the breath

 

Many advocates claim that fresh wheatgrass juice contains all of the essential nutrients necessary for sustaining life.  It is easily assimilated by the body and requires minimal digestive activity because all of the proteins, vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients occur in their most basic forms and is naturally balanced in just the right proportions for maximum nutritional benefit.

Wheatgrass juice:

 

  • Contains as much vitamin C as most citrus fruits
  • Has as much Vitamin A as carrots and dark green vegetables
  • Provides a good source of the B-vitamins (as well as laetrile)
  • Contains every mineral found naturally in healthy soil, in excess of 100, including:  –Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium and Sodium
  • It also includes a large array of trace minerals, like:  — Zinc and Selenium
  • Contains all 8 essential amino acids, which are commonly referred to as “the building blocks of proteins”
  • Is extremely high in enzymes which are only found in living foods
  • Contains glucose which is a simple sugar which gives a sweet taste to the juice
  • Is composed of approximately 70% fresh chlorophyll—often considered condensed sun energy.  This chlorophyll is purported to be the world’s greatest and most effective protector and healer for the body.

 

The most common way to obtain the benefits of wheat grass is by simply drinking the wheatgrass juice.  A wheatgrass juicer is used to extract the juice from the wheat grass, leaving the pulp behind.  It is important that the juice extractor used is capable of handling the specific requirements needed to juice the leafy greens of wheat grass. Individuals will have varying needs and preferences as to the amounts they should drink; however, the average person will typically drink 1 to 2 ounces each day.  Some people who wish to use wheatgrass juice as a therapeutic remedy will drink 4 to 6 ounces per day.  Most people consider 2 ounces, three times per day, on an empty stomach, to be the best way to benefit from wheatgrass juice.  When you first start drinking wheatgrass juice, it is wise to start with a small ½ ounce serving, and work your way up from there.

Wheatgrass Juice

By , 30 July, 2010, 2 Comments
Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass Juice

You’ve probably heard of all the great benefits of wheatgrass juice, but do you know specifically what those benefits are?  One of the most beneficial aspects of wheatgrass juice is that it’s immediately absorbed into the bloodstream and assimilated by your body.  Many people claim that they get an immediate energy boost!

Two ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice is equivalent to approximately three pounds of organic produce, in the amount of vitamins and minerals it can provide.  This is an amazing amount of essential nutrients and a wonderful source of vitality.  Drinking two ounces will leave you feeling energized and refreshed throughout the day.

Wheatgrass juice provides a remarkable source of nutrients; vitamins, minerals and living enzymes.  It is a complete protein with about 30 enzymes and most of the vitamins and minerals your body needs.  Wheatgrass contains approximately 70% chlorophyll, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. 

Studies suggest that wheat grass juice can help build red blood cells, normalize high blood pressure and stimulate healthy tissue growth.  Consuming wheatgrass helps the lymph system drain and carry toxins away from body cells.  The chlorophyll in wheatgrass can help release toxins stored in cells or fatty tissues into the bloodstream, filtered and removed.  Wheatgrass juice should be taken on an empty stomach.  Start with a one ounce serving and work your way up to two ounces a couple of times a day.   Use a wheatgrass juicer to juice wheatgrass, your typical vegetable juicer will not be able to effectively juice this fibrous grass.   Keep the wheatgrass juice refrigerated and drink it the same day it is juiced.

Wheatgrass juice is an excellent for weight control.  The wheat berry contains starch that is stored energy which is converted to a simple sugar for a quick energy source.  The nutritional value of wheatgrass is so high; many people don’t experience any “cravings” that tend to lead us to overeat.  Because a singe dose of wheatgrass contains the nutritional value of approximately 3 pounds of produce, it naturally shuts off the appestat in the brain, controlling hunger and helping you to lose weight. 

Another of the many great wheatgrass benefits is its ability to stop the growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.  Rather than taking direct action on the bacteria itself, the wheatgrass juice produces an unfavorable environment for bacterial growth.  The water-soluble chlorophyll in the wheat grass inhibits the action of proteolytic bacteria, which breaks down protein into simpler substances.

Because of its high levels of beta-carotene, some studies suggest that wheatgrass can help reduce your risk of certain types of cancer.  The National Cancer Institute reported in 19 out of 21 studies, that diets high in beta-carotene contribute at least a 40% reduction in the risk of developing some kinds of cancer.  Dr. Chiu-nan Lai, Ph.D., at the University of Texas Cancer Center, Dept. of Biology in Houston, Texas has determined that chlorophyll is the active factor in wheat sprout extracts, which inhibit metabolic activity of carcinogens.

Chlorophyll is also beneficial in the treatment of many skin diseases and as a burn treatment.  Either applied as an ointment or by using a wheat grass juicer to extract the beneficial juice, the effects of chlorophyll can alleviate discomfort and minimize the possibility of infection due to skin diseases or burns.  Wheatgrass powder can be purchased for use as a topical agent, or mixed into an ointment.  The wheatgrass ointment is very soothing and provides relief to the itching and flakiness associated with many skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis.

Isn’t it time you tried wheatgrass juice to restore your health and boost your energy?  All you need is an ounce or two to receive these benefits and provide your body with an abundance of essential nutrients.

You’ve probably heard of all the great benefits of wheatgrass juice, but do you know specifically what those benefits are?  One of the most beneficial aspects of wheatgrass juice is that it’s immediately absorbed into the bloodstream and assimilated by your body.  Many people claim that they get an immediate energy boost!

Two ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice is equivalent to approximately three pounds of organic produce, in the amount of vitamins and minerals it can provide.  This is an amazing amount of essential nutrients and a wonderful source of vitality.  Drinking two ounces will leave you feeling energized and refreshed throughout the day.

Wheatgrass juice provides a remarkable source of nutrients; vitamins, minerals and living enzymes.  It is a complete protein with about 30 enzymes and most of the vitamins and minerals your body needs.  Wheatgrass contains approximately 70% chlorophyll, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. 

Studies suggest that wheat grass juice can help build red blood cells, normalize high blood pressure and stimulate healthy tissue growth.  Consuming wheatgrass helps the lymph system drain and carry toxins away from body cells.  The chlorophyll in wheatgrass can help release toxins stored in cells or fatty tissues into the bloodstream, filtered and removed.  Wheatgrass juice should be taken on an empty stomach.  Start with a one ounce serving and work your way up to two ounces a couple of times a day.   Use a wheatgrass juicer to juice wheatgrass, your typical vegetable juicer will not be able to effectively juice this fibrous grass.   Keep the wheatgrass juice refrigerated and drink it the same day it is juiced.

Wheatgrass juice is an excellent for weight control.  The wheat berry contains starch that is stored energy which is converted to a simple sugar for a quick energy source.  The nutritional value of wheatgrass is so high; many people don’t experience any “cravings” that tend to lead us to overeat.  Because a singe dose of wheatgrass contains the nutritional value of approximately 3 pounds of produce, it naturally shuts off the appestat in the brain, controlling hunger and helping you to lose weight.

Another of the many great wheatgrass benefits is its ability to stop the growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.  Rather than taking direct action on the bacteria itself, the wheatgrass juice produces an unfavorable environment for bacterial growth.  The water-soluble chlorophyll in the wheat grass inhibits the action of proteolytic bacteria, which breaks down protein into simpler substances.

Because of its high levels of beta-carotene, some studies suggest that wheatgrass can help reduce your risk of certain types of cancer.  The National Cancer Institute reported in 19 out of 21 studies, that diets high in beta-carotene contribute at least a 40% reduction in the risk of developing some kinds of cancer.  Dr. Chiu-nan Lai, Ph.D., at the University of Texas Cancer Center, Dept. of Biology in Houston, Texas has determined that chlorophyll is the active factor in wheat sprout extracts, which inhibit metabolic activity of carcinogens.

Chlorophyll is also beneficial in the treatment of many skin diseases and as a burn treatment.  Either applied as an ointment or by using a wheat grass juicer to extract the beneficial juice, the effects of chlorophyll can alleviate discomfort and minimize the possibility of infection due to skin diseases or burns.  Wheatgrass powder can be purchased for use as a topical agent, or mixed into an ointment.  The wheatgrass ointment is very soothing and provides relief to the itching and flakiness associated with many skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis.

Isn’t it time you tried wheatgrass juice to restore your health and boost your energy?  All you need is an ounce or two to receive these benefits and provide your body with an abundance of essential nutrients.

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.