Wheatgrass is a nutrient-packed plant that can be used for a variety of purposes. Wheatgrass, the young sprouts of the wheatberry, contains amino acids, chlorophyll and active enzymes. The sprouts also are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc and phosphorus. It's most beneficial when it has been juiced. The liquid concentrate is easy to apply to your body or ingest as a supplement.
Many people apply wheatgrass concentrate to their skin to treat a variety of conditions, including sunburn, cuts, burns, scrapes, insect bites, poison ivy and athlete's foot. Sagging or loose skin can also benefit from a wheatgrass treatment, as the chlorophyll can tighten and clear up problem areas. To use wheatgrass as a skin treatment, soak a cloth or sponge in the concentrate and gently apply it to the clean, dry problem area. Repeat the treatment several times daily for best results. If you're using it to treat a widespread skin condition, such as a rash, add several ounces of wheatgrass concentrate to your bathwater and take a long soak.
Mouth and Throat Treatments
According to the book "1,801 Home Remedies," wheatgrass concentrate has antibiotic properties. Many people use it to combat tooth, gum and sore throat pain. If you have a toothache or a sore spot on your gums, pour about an ounce of wheatgrass concentrate into your mouth. Hold it in there, swishing it around periodically, for about five minutes, then spit it out. To treat a sore throat, gargle with the wheatgrass concentrate for about a minute. However, keep in mind that wheatgrass will only help with minor irritations, such as those related to canker sores or allergies. If you suspect something more serious, it's best to see a dentist or doctor.
Wheatgrass is a nutrient-rich drink that offers natural cleansing properties. According to the book "Superfoods for Dummies," consuming about an ounce of the concentrate each day will give you more vitamins and minerals than a serving of any other vegetable or fruit. If you can drink the concentrate straight, that's great. If the taste is too strong, try combining it with six ounces of water or fresh fruit juice.
Wheatgrass can soothe itchy, dry scalps. Wet down your hair and pour about an ounce of the concentrate onto your head. Massage your scalp gently, working in the concentrate, then rinse it out and shampoo and condition your hair as usual.