How to Grow Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is an amazing super food, full of chlorophyll that can help detoxify your body and clean the blood. Not only is it a concentrated source of chlorophyll, which is the green pigment given to many vegetables, it’s also a very easy plant to grow. It’s fun having it on my windowsill so that I can trim the blades and add them to my green smoothies, or just throw them on top of a salad.
Wheatgrass health benefits include:
- Providing a concentrated source of antioxidants to fight oxidative stress
- Can aid in deodorizing the body (eating a diet high in chlorophyll can practically eliminate the constant use of deodorants)
- Delivers magnesium to the blood and helps in carrying oxygen to the cells and tissues of the body
The health benefits of wheatgrass primarily concern its chlorophyll content. What is chlorophyll? Chlorophyll is the substance that absorbs energy from the sun that aids in photosynthesis of plants. It gives the green color to most plants and vegetation. Spinach, kale and other green foods are high in chlorophyll. One only needs to take about 1-2 oz of wheatgrass juice to receive the benefits from this substance.
Chlorophyll is like blood to plants, whereas their “blood” carries magnesium, ours carries oxygen. It’s found in most green vegetables that have absorbed the energy of the sun, like spinach and kale. I like to grow wheat grass to have an extra boost of its nutrition power in my green smoothies, or to use when I’m running low on fresh greens. It’s the easiest source of chlorophyll to grow indoors.
Recently I have been trimming off the blades of the chlorophyll plant that has been growing on my windowsill and throwing them into my green smoothies. Many of the nutrients are available within the cell wall of the plant, so blending them can help break open that cell wall and make them more available to your body.
How to Grow Wheatgrass at Home
Items needed – 1/4 cup organic wheat berries, 1 small container, organic potting soil, filtered water
Fill a planting container 3/4 full with soil. Sprinkle the wheat berries on top. Lightly sprinkle more soil on top of the wheat berries, if desired. Water lightly.
Cover the pot with a piece of paper, or anything that will expose the seeds to oxygen or light. Lightly water the seeds twice a day until they sprout (takes about 3-4 days). Water for another day or two before removing the cover completely.
Set the pot on a windowsill that receives plenty of sunlight. Water often. When the blades of the wheat grass grow to be 6 inches tall, trim the amount desired and let the grass re grow. Only do this two-three times and then grow a new plant.
Favorite Articles on Chlorophyll:
Kimberly Snyder – Another Reason to Drink the Green Smoothie: Green Blood
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