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You will need:
- 16 standard seed trays with holes at the bottom (A5 size)
- 1lb. or 500 grams of whole-wheat kernels, preferably organic
- High quality organic compost
- Plastic sheeting or 2 large black refuse bags
Place the kernels in a sieve and wash under running water. Gently turn into a glass bowl and cover x 2 with purified water. Cover the bowl and leave to soak for approx.. 14 hours. After this time strain the seeds.
Place the trays snugly together in a unit of four rows containing four seed trays. Half-fill the trays with compost and place one handful of soaked seeds onto each tray. Spread the seeds out gently so that they just touch, not overlap. Mist or spray gently. Cover the top of the seed trays with the plastic sheeting. You may want to use canvas or other coverings on top of this during cold winter months, or hot summer days.
Mist or spray with a little water every day or two when the soil feels slightly dry. Keep the germinating seeds covered until the grass is about one or two inches high – a few days in summer, longer in winter.
The emerging leaves are very pale yellow. Remove the coverings and place the trays in a protected, warm, light-shed spot. The grass is soon chlorophylated by the sun which fills the juices in the leaves with radiant, healing energy.
Water a little for another 7-14 days (depending on whether it’s summer or winter – wheatgrass takes longer to grow in cold winter months. Your wheatgrass is now ready for harvest!
There’s nothing like a shot of wheatgrass juice to lift your spirits. Not only does it help treat disorders or diseases of the body, but it extends also to the emotional and mental aspects of the individual.
But what is it about this drink that brightens up your mood?
The magic ingredients are the many bio-active substances produced when wheat is sprouted (germinated), and allowed to grow to the height of 6 inches or more, usually for 7-14 days (depending on warmth). Wheatgrass, grown in highly mineralized soil can pick up nutrients from the soil and store them in the juices of the young leaves.
The secret of its amazing healing powers is situated in the leaf – the specific sun-trap is the plant pigment chlorophyll which traps the energy of sunlight for photosynthesis. It is a green substance which contains molecules of the silvery-white metal magnesium. When photons of light are absorbed by the blades, a radiative excitation occurs resulting in the many dynamic changes which take place in the early life of the wheat plant. Chlorophyll constitutes 70% of the solute in wheatgrass and has been extensively tested for its extraordinary healing powers. The following are a few examples of what happens during this time:
* A marked increase in vitamin and mineral production. Anti-oxidant activity in wheat sprouts and young grass as well; these include traces of beta-carotene (pro vitamin A), vitamins C and E. Vitamin C value in wheatgrass increases 600% during the first few days of germination. Vitamin E content by 300%.
* High enzyme content. Enzymes are fragile and break down at temperatures in excess of approximately 106 – 130 degrees F, so we won’t find them in cooked food.
* Dr. E. Pfeiffer, a biodynamic agricultural researcher, proved that on the 8th day of growth, all essential and 17 total amino acids are present in wheatgrass.
* Alkaline minerals, calcium, potassium and magnesium(among others) are also produced during this time which helps to ensure that wheatgrass is an alkaline forming food.
Magnesium, which is the central atom of the chlorophyll molecule, aids calcium and other elements to be absorbed by the bones. Industrial magnesium burns with an intense white flame, and is used in flash bulbs, flares and fireworks.
Soil should be tested when food is grown on a large scale, as magnesium levels do not remain constant. As a result, many store-bought greens fail to reflect adequate magnesium content.
According to European studies 87% of the population has an inadequate magnesium intake.
Depleted magnesium reserves in the body can lead to a variety of illnesses, including cramps, heart problems and an overtaxed nervous system. Psychological changes such as apathy, lack of concentration, anxiety, insomnia and depression may also result.
You do not have to embark on a stringent dietary regime to benefit from wheatgrass. Just one glass of wheatgrass juice a day works wonders!
Are you feeling tired or depressed?
Fresh wheatgrass, vegetables and special spices help you maintain a healthy body and mind. The following health drink is easy to make, and it is guaranteed to give you a liquid buzz!
You need a blender.
Wheatgrass Energy Tonic (serves 4-6)
1 tray wheatgrass(A5 size)cut down to the roots and washed
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 small beetroot and leaves
1 spinach leaf
1 small carrot
1 stalk celery
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 chunk ginger, peeled and chopped
2 pints cold water Raw honey, sesame seeds, cumin and cinnamon powder are obtainable at health food shops.
Wash the vegetables.
Blend together all the above ingredients and strain into a jug.
If this is the first time you are drinking wheatgrass juice, limit your intake to 1/8 of a tray of wheatgrass.
Increase your intake gradually.
How much juice to take
As with any health regime, it is important to begin and to proceed with caution. Start off with 1/8 tray of freshly juiced wheatgrass. This is about an ounce.
Wheatgrass can be expressed in a wheatgrass juicer, or the grass can be blended in a liquidizer with purified water (raw honey, herbs, etc. are optional) and strained to make a refreshing drink. Strain the liquid and serve immediately. Left-over juice can be refrigerated for about 12 hours or deep frozen.
Ideally, it is best to drink the juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. It takes fast-acting wheatgrass juice just 20 minutes to be assimilated into the system and to start its process of breaking down old mucus and toxins. Brimming with natural enzymes, chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals and vitamins, wheatgrass is the perfect, complete whole-food.
It will compensate for nutritional deficiencies, naturally, and add vigour to your step.
Being alert and alive turns you into a happy walking, talking ball of energy. You will also feel much better. Complete rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit is possible when vitality is high.
Scientists agree: you are your best healer. Studies show that you can overcome chronic health problems including high blood pressure, asthma, depression, certain types of cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis with good nutrition and sensible exercise.
All living things need energy to live. Both animals and plants need a supply of raw, live food to provide them with this energy. Radiant energy of sunlight and chemical energy of organic compounds are the two sources of energy available to living systems. Green plants, algae and some bacteria are able to convert this energy, through photosynthesis, into chemical energy that they can use. Stored as simple sugars, it provides the necessary energy for important metabolic activities essential for growth, repair and maintenance. Energy is created in every cell, everyday. Each cell requires nutrients, with some being used as “fuel” for cellular respiration.
Wheatgrass is a natural energizer that really works. In wheatgrass, photosynthesis takes place in the chloroplasts, miniature solar converters inside the plant cells. The chloroplasts contain the pigment chlorophyll, which is able to absorb light in the blue, violet and red parts of the spectrum. Green light is not absorbed, but reflected. This is why wheatgrass appears green.
If you are not as fit and healthy as you’d like to be, consider drinking wheatgrass juice on a daily basis. Wheatgrass juice is the all-in-one solution to radiant health, energy and rejuvenation!
Wheatgrass, which is the young grass of the wheat plant, captures an enormous amount of radiant energy via photosynthesis. Chlorophyll constitutes 70% of the solute in wheatgrass and has been extensively tested for its extraordinary healing powers.
Generous amounts of vitamins are also present in fresh, healthy wheatgrass. The antioxidants, A, C and E are abundant, as are minerals of key importance such as magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc and potassium. A glass of the green-juice supplies you with almost all of the 102 known elements (that is, if it is grown in optimal organic soil). It is a complete food!
Author Li D Smith of “Wheatgrass: Superfood for a New Millennium” was born in Luxembourg and raised on a farm in South Africa, married an artist and enjoys painting and writing.
Great health doesn’t require bags full of expensive supplements. An abundance of positive energy, and a glass of wheatgrass juice is often all you need to set the scene for a healthier life.
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