History of Wheatgrass

Generations of farmers, scientists and nutritionists, have reminded us time and again that the best cure—and prevention—to any kind of disease is the medicine that you personally grew in your back garden. After years and years of planting, harvesting and researching, we now have access to all the information we can get about natural cures to the world’s deadliest illnesses.

More than eight decades ago, an agricultural chemist named Charles Schnabel discovered a certain type of grass that could actually cure sick chickens and make them produce more eggs. Not only is it good for chickens, initial research proved that it’s also good for humans that Quaker Oats even helped fund the studies and development of this certain grass. This grass, as we now know it, is the wheatgrass. A year after it became omnipresent in the store and apothecary shelves in the United States and has taken different forms including powder, capsule and juice. The wheatgrass seeds, or wheat berries, were said to be the beginning of a new cure for different kinds of diseases which you can easily grow in your backyard.

Detoxifying Properties of Wheatgrass

Despite the lack of scientific validation, a lot of studies have proven that wheatgrass and wheatgrass seeds can help in detoxifying bad elements in the body and preventing diseases like cancer and anemia. It is now even used in dieting and weight maintenance. Also, nicknamed "nature’s great healer", the wheatgrass is said to be rich in all kinds of nutrients including vitamins A, B12, C, K and E. It is also said to be very rich in choline, calcium, potassium, sodium and amino acids. Best of all, it has chlorophyll (especially since it’s a grass to begin with) which is very good once combined with iron (which the wheatgrass also have) because it strengthens and replenishes the body’s blood flow. Chemists and scientists say that chlorophyll, which can be easily digested by our bodies through very green vegetables, is one of the reasons why wheatgrass was able to help decrease the need for blood transfusion for patients with ulcerative colitis, thalassemia, myelodysplastic syndrome and even colon and breast cancer.

Growing Your Own Wheatgrass

But to be able to juice up the natural nutrients in wheatgrass, geneticists and chemists say that growing your own wheatgrass is better than buying dried up and powdered stuff from the can. But don’t worry; you wouldn’t need a ranch to get your own wheatgrass growing. All you need is some wheatgrass seed! Just put 2 tablespoons of the seeds in a small bottle with water, soak it for 8 to 12 hours, and leave it to germinate. You can use a plastic tray or pots with holes in it (for air and draining water) for the plant but just remember that it has to be a little hollow because you don’t need a lot of soil for the wheatgrass seeds to grow. Then put in an inch of soil with compost, water the soil, sprinkle the drained wheatgrass seeds evenly, add some loose soil and place it in a sunny spot inside your house! Make sure to keep it moist every day and watch it grow!