Freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice has become a real hit nowadays for those who care about body and soul health. A great deal of research has shown that this juice contains huge amounts of nutrients that have an almost unimaginable effect on the human body. Before I go on to describe its properties, I will briefly present its stories.
Wheatgrass juice and its history
Wheatgrass juice has been valued as a source of nutrients for decades. Wheatgrass was first identified as a plant with outstanding properties in the 1940s, and this was done by Dr Charles Schnabel, who studied the plant for its properties compared to broccoli, alfalfa and spinach. The same research at that time was carried out by the Japanese doctor and pharmacist Dr Yoshihid Hagiwar. Both unanimously concluded that wheat grass has an extremely balanced composition full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and enzymes. Today, we also know that wheat grass is filled with chlorophyll, whose structure is almost identical to that of human blood.
The first person to start producing juice from young wheat was Ann Wigmore, who suffered from many diseases, including bowel cancer, most of her life. According to her grandmother’s teachings, Mrs. Wigmore began to use wheatgrass juice, believing that this rich drink would allow her to at least partially deal with her health problems. As it later turned out, she got rid of her diseases in this way. Mrs. Ann Wigmore is a co-founder of the Hippocratic Health Institute in Boston, USA, which deals with treating people without medication.
How does wheatgrass juice work on our body?
* restores red blood cells and lowers blood pressure,
* cleanses blood, organs and digestive tract,
* wheatgrass has blood-enriching properties, thus stimulating the metabolism and enzymatic system. It also helps to reduce blood pressure by expanding the body’s bloodstream,
* I stimulate the thyroid, prevent obesity, indigestion, and many other ailments,
* contains a lot of alkaline minerals, which helps to reduce excessive acidity of the blood,
* supports the detoxification of the entire body and the liver and circulatory system,
* the enzymes and amino acids it contains protect against carcinogens,
* wheatgrass juice strengthens our cells, detoxifies the liver and blood,
* many active compounds contained in wheatgrass juice purify the blood and neutralize toxins contained in the cells,
* wheatgrass contains beneficial digestive enzymes, which are responsible for the decomposition and absorption of nutrients supplied in the food,
* contains chlorophyll, which is extremely similar to haemoglobin, a blood component,
* applied externally to the skin can help eliminate itching almost immediately,
* rubbing the juice into the scalp before using the shampoo will help repair damaged hair and relieve itching and flaking.
* wheat grass is soothing and healing for burns, scratches, rashes, poison ivy, mycoses, insect bites, boils, ulcers, open ulcers, tumors,
* placed in the bedroom close to the head above the bed is able to improve sleep, by enriching the oxygen from the air and creating healthy negative ions,
* Rinsing your throat with wheatgrass juice will sweeten your breath and strengthen your gums,
* neutralises toxic substances such as cadmium, nicotine, mercury and polyvinyl chloride,
* adds energy,
* consumption of this juice every day is an ideal cosmetic treatment that slows down the aging process.
Home-grown wheat grass cultivation
In order to start growing wheat grass for juice, we should prepare the following things:
* organic wheatgrass grains (remember to keep them fresh because they germinate best and the grass from them is the best quality),
* organic soil (do not use ordinary potting soil),
* a flat container (4 to 6 centimetres high and with holes to drain excess water),
* container pad (for collecting water),
* sprinkler, watering can… * (I personally use an ordinary mineral water bottle with a cap with small holes),
The process of wheat grass cultivation:
1. we start the breeding by soaking the seeds for 10 – 12 hours in boiled water. For this purpose, we use a vessel from which we can easily pour out all the water after soaking the seeds. I recommend a clean jar with small holes made in the cap.
2. After soaking, pour out all the water leaving only the seeds, which we pour over with fresh water for another 2-3 days. After this time small petioles should appear, which means that our seeds are ready to sow.
3) Pour soil into the container, which should be about 3-4 centimeters deep. Then we sprinkle it with water to keep it moist.
4) Spread a thin layer of germinated seeds on the soil prepared in this way, which we sprinkle with plenty of water.
(5) Cover the whole thing with a paper towel, newspaper or clean towel and then sprinkle it with water. This will help to keep the seeds in a moist environment.
6) Place the tray prepared in this way for a few days, remembering to sprinkle the surface with water 1-2 times a day.
When the grass appears after a few days and its height reaches about 2 centimetres, remove the lid and place the tray in a well lit place.
8) Every day we irrigate our grass (once or twice a day) and let it grow to a height of 12 to 15 centimetres. After that time the grass is ready to be cut to juice.
Below are pictures of my kennel:
Juice squeezing and storage
The juice is pressed using a fruit squeezer or a manual squeezer specifically designed for wheat grass. This is done immediately after the grass has been cut, thus preserving the most nutrients. The best solution is to drink the juice immediately after pressing, when it is not exposed to the loss of nutrients through contact with oxygen. It is recommended to drink 30 to 60 millilitres of juice a day. You should start with 30 ml to let your body get used to this high dose of chlorophyll and other nutrients. It’s best to drink juice in the morning on an empty stomach when your body absorbs the nutrients provided to it in a very short time.
Personally, I do not always have time to squeeze fresh grass into the juice every morning. That’s why I squeeze the juice out of all my grass, then pour it into ice containers, which I wrap in kitchen foil and put in the freezer at the very bottom, where the temperature is the lowest, so that the juice can be frozen quickly. My containers hold 30 ml of juice, so I know that my daily dose is two cubes.
The taste of fresh juice is quite sweet, but the smell is very pungent, so many people don’t like it. In this case, I recommend adding a small amount of orange or apple juice to it, so the taste is less intense.