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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What Do You Know About Wheatgrass?

Upon my quest to find a grass I could start from seed that would look good in combination container plantings I found Wheatgrass. I thought to myself, Oh that looks good right by itself and would compliment other plants. Once home I read, more closely, the little blurb on the bottom right of the packet. Tasty sprouts and nutrition-packed juice..hmmmThe inside, of course, was loaded with information on this Liquid Sunshine. My curiosity was up by now, so a brief research was done on the internet to either prove or disprove what I had just read.
Apparently there are juicers for Wheatgrass, Wheatgrass pills and the juice itself at health food stores.
Some information I read, the above-ground parts are used to make medicine. Primarily used as a concentrated source of nutrients. Vitamins A,C and E, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and Amino Acids.
It is used to treat many conditions. There isn't enough scientific evidence to support effectiveness for any of these uses...although it has been and still is being used.
Increasing production of hemoglobin
Improving blood sugar disorders
Removing deposits of drugs, heavy metals and cancer causing agents
Preventing gray hair
Reducing high blood pressure
Bladder infection
Kidney stones
Sore Throat....the list is quite long.

I planted seeds on Jan. 4 and this is what the grass looks like today. It is sown in flats not in individual containers, so the grass can be clipped and either juiced or chewed on. Chewing on the grass blades extracts the liquid. The grass IS NOT digestible by humans and should NOT be swallowed. I believe the harvesting should be done when the shoots are about 7 days old. I also read that if you plant it outside you will be welcoming all types of wildlife...
Some people place seeds in the freezer for a few days to kill any molds that occur on dead seeds, molds can cause a reaction in humans, allergic reactions may occur to the grass too. Beacuse I was in such a hurry to plant more seeds in my new greenhouse I did not research the Wheatgrass before this planting. Therefore I will NOT be chewing on these blades. I will be doing more research to see if this is something I may want to try. If you choose to try this, please do your own research and speak to your physician. I am not promoting Wheatgrass, I am sharing what I have recently learned about it.

Contains chemicals that might have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory (swelling) activity. It also contains a chemical that seems to kill bacteria. Information was gathered from several websites, the main source was http://www.webmd.com/ .

Please do share what you know of Wheatgrass.

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Today I am Thankful to be learning about another plant.

20 comments:

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Darla Dear, What I've discovered is that cats love this stuff. Occasionally I'll grow a pot for them. I never thought of growing it for myself. It sounds like a really nutritious plant--just don't swallow. :)

Tootsie said...

this is a great post girl! Your greenhouse seems to be agreeing with you! I know nothing except what I just learned from you about this plant. I hope you have success and can chew on your next crop!

Floridagirl said...

In answer to your post title question, "Nothing at all." Enjoyed reading about it, though. Thanks for the info.

Dorothy said...

Never heard of this but I wonder why humans can't digest it. Looks like it would be a good source of fiber!

Becca's Dirt said...

I know nothing about it. They sure put on some growth quickly didn't they. I know you are loving that greenhouse and bet you aleady have it filled.

Gail said...

Darla, I grow it for the cat! But, for a short period of time Mr I would order it in juice drinks. gail

imac said...

I want it.lol
Interesting facts Darla.

lifeshighway said...

If the cats would like it, I am game to try it.

perennialgardener said...

I'll have to try growing it my cat "Mooch", maybe he'll stop trying to sample my plants. ;)

Sweetpea said...

Wow that's a fast growing plant.

Sweetpea

Patsy said...

back in the 90's it was a poplar juice at the healthfood store.I never tried it.

Val said...

I have heard of this being a healthy plant. But you know way more than I ever knew about this.

George said...

Thanks for the education on wheat grass. I had not heard of it before, but it certainly sounds interesting.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Very interesting, Darla. I had no idea that the wheatgrass was so nutritional... Keep us posted on what you will do with it...

Hugs,
Betsy

tina said...

I think it great you are growing this grass inside as it always looks pretty. It is quite popular with all the garden shows too. Let us know how it tastes!

Marydon said...

G'day Darla ~ What I learn over here is worth a volume ... TY for sharing. I'd never have known ...

TY for your sweet well wishes ... I'm slowly mending & unbruising.

TTFN ~
Hugs, Marydon

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Darla,
I see no one here has much experience with wheat grass. I bought some seeds a couple years ago. I think I was going to grow them in my garden window for something green to munch on in the winter. It sounds like it's a good thing I didn't plant them, since we're not really supposed to eat them. I don't know if I still have the seeds or not. I'm interested in learning more about it now.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I don't know anything about wheat grass either, just remember seeing it in health food stores, not that I shop in those often :)
The only grass I've grown from seed is the Bunny tails which I remember seeing on your blog first.

Julie said...

Next you must buy a wheatgrass juicer! I find it very aweful tasting, but many poeople pay for the shots of it and I suppose it must be extremely beneficial. I will be anxious to see how you like it, if you try it for your own consumption. HERE is a comparison page for you!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Can't help with this one. I know nothing. Sorry!