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Despite the fact that this book was published in 1985, Ann Wigmore’s work continues to be a leading authority on all things wheatgrass. After reading the book, I can see why. It is simple, thorough, educational, and inspiring. At only 115 pages, it’s a short book, and full of fun illustrations, too. By the end, count on being convinced that you cannot go one more day without your daily wheatgrass juice shots.

Health Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice

Unsurprisingly, Ann spends the majority of the book detailing the many, varied health benefits you can expect when incorporating wheatgrass juice into your life. Here, I will outline a few:

More energy. Wheatgrass juice is full of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids, which help the cells hold their proper charge. Wheatgrass juice also supports your body in releasing fat, mineral deposits and trapped proteins, making the detoxification process easier. All of this makes for a more efficient body and more energy available to use. 

Protection from the toxic burden of modern life. From polluted air to polluted water to polluted and depleted topsoil, there is no way of escaping the junk and toxins present in our day-to-day life. Wheatgrass juice can help with that! It strengthens the whole body, giving the immune system a boost, and supporting the body’s natural detoxification pathways. As your body is able to consistently and effectively eliminate waste and toxins, you will be able to avoid many of the chronic health problems that plague our day.

Cleanse the blood. Ann explains (and shows with a diagram) how similar human blood is to the chlorophyll found in living plants. Chlorophyll is basically plant blood, or “condensed solar energy.” With such a similar molecular structure, it is no surprise that chlorophyll is a superfood for our blood. It cleans it, builds it, and heals it. She shares a study done on anemic animals which showed that those given raw, unrefined chlorophyll were able to increase the speed of hemoglobin regeneration by over 50 percent! 

Fight against cancer. Chlorophyll, as found abundantly in wheatgrass juice, can protect us from carcinogens by strengthening the cells, detoxifying the liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizing the actual pollution in our body. Amazing, right?

There are so many other things we could mention about the benefits of drinking wheatgrass juice, including its support to the lungs, cardiovascular system, digestive tract, relieving constipation, decreasing body odor and fecal odor, rejuvenating the skin, slowing the aging process, repairing DNA, protection against free radicals, increasing fertility, supporting and maintaining a healthy body weight, protection against radiation, and MORE. Seriously, it’s amazing to read the details about all these things. If you have a health condition you need help with, chances are that wheatgrass juice would be a great support to you.

How to Grow Wheatgrass

As someone who likes to have every detail spelled out for me when I try something new, I appreciate Ann’s approach in this section of her book. Although it is written words, I imagine her talking to me in a calm, relaxed tone, explaining each step, and showing confidence in how simple it is. She made me feel like I could do it! Although she explains each step in more detail, illustrations included, I’ll share her summary, found on page 74 here:

Planting Instructions:

  1. Mix 2 barrels of topsoil 50-50 with peat moss or screened compost. Obtain about 12 hard plastic cafeteria trays, several wide-mouth jars, and wheat berries to plant.
  2. Wash wheat berries and let them soak for 12 hours; then allow them to sprout for 12 hours.
  3. Spread soil 1 inch deep on trays, leaving shallow trenches around the edges to catch excess water. Smooth the soil and spread the sprouted wheat berries on top. 
  4. Water the planted tray, cover with another tray, and set aside for 2-3 days.
  5. On Day 4, uncover the tray, water it, and set it in indirect light. Continue watering the tray daily or every other day, as needed, to keep it moist.
  6. Harvest wheatgrass with a sharp knife when it reaches 7-10 inches in height, cutting as close to the roots as possible without pulling up lumps of soil. Use wheatgrass as soon after harvesting as possible. If necessary, cut wheatgrass can be stored for up to 7 days in a covered container or plastic bag in the refrigerator.

She also gives detailed instructions on how to compost your used wheatgrass mats, after they’ve been completely harvested, which I appreciate.

Juicing the Wheatgrass

Since leafy greens (wheatgrass included) do not have a lot of water within them, high speed juicers like the Breville (which I talked about in my juicing post) are not effective at extracting their juices. You’ll want to get a slow turning juicer that squeezes the juice out of the grass. There are electric and hand-crank models. I’ll put the one I got in the resources. It’s a hand-crank one that has been sufficient for my needs of juicing an ounce or two per day. If I was doing a full flat everyday, I would recommend getting an electric version to save time and energy.

What to do with the Juice

Of course, you can drink 1-2 ounces 2-3 times per day to receive so many of the health benefits discussed above. I would highly recommend trying this! I was surprised at the pleasant, sweet taste. Even my husband, who continues his diet of processed and sugary foods, said it was “not too bad.” It’s very doable!

However, you can do many other things with it as well. Here are some examples:

  • Gargle it to freshen breath or relieve a sore throat
  • Apply to sore tooth or gums to reduce swelling
  • Use as an eyewash
  • Put a few drops in sinuses to cleanse and open them
  • It can act as a disinfectant
  • Eliminate itching on the skin
  • Soothe and heal cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, sores, etc.
  • Add it to bath water
  • Use it as an enema or rectal implant

Ann also gives detailed instructions on how to do a wheatgrass fast, including how to prepare, what to expect, and how to be successful. She shares recipes and ideas for incorporating the juice and other healing foods into the diet as well.

Overall, it’s an amazing, simple book that leaves you feeling inspired by the healing power of plants, and the body’s capabilities when given the proper support.

About the author

Hey! My name is Brittan and I live in Utah with my husband and one adorable toddler. I love finding holistic and natural ways to care for myself and my family. I particularly enjoy learning about nutrition, herbal medicine, the emotional, spiritual, and energetic aspects of health, and anything else that contributes to complete wellness. Thanks for joining me!

I am not a doctor. Everything I write about is from my personal experience and perspective. Consult a physician if you have questions specific to your health.

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