Wheatgrass is nothing but the tender, young shoots that germinate out of wheat, Triticum aestivum. It is of immense medicinal value. Wheatgrass can be very easily cultivated indoors by sowing wheat seeds in a small pot. The soil should be rich in natural manure (you can even use vermiculture) and must be well-drained. The tender shoots can be harvested after a week.
These green shoots can either be chewed directly. One can also grind them in a mixer and drink the fresh juice. While wheatgrass is available in the form of tablets, it is best to have it fresh.
One can have wheatgrass juice in very small quantities. Even as less as 30 ml at a time will work wonders. The juice must be ideally consumed early in the morning, at an empty stomach. Having 30 ml of juice three times a day seems to work wonders for the body.
People have marveled at the medicinal properties of wheatgrass and swear by the benefits it brings. It is known to purify the blood stream and to cleanse it of any toxins and impurities. For this reason, those with skin diseases like eczema are often advised to include wheatgrass in their diet. It also is said to have anti-oxidant properties and is good for cancer patients.
Among other benefits, wheatgrass is known to soothe the digestive passage, prevent diabetes, ease stress during menopause, it can cure breathing troubles and benefit patients of asthma, it is also beneficial to those with kidney troubles.
The properties of wheatgrass were discovered by an American agricultural researcher called Charles Schnabel in the 1930s. He observed that by including wheatgrass in the diet of hens, the egg-production almost doubled.
Since then on, wheatgrass began to be marketed on a commercial scale in the form of wheatgrass tablets and dried powder. Wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll, minerals, amino acids and enzymes.