Drinking wheatgrass juice has become vastly popular as a way to rejuvenate and renew health and stamina. Used for decades as a health drink, wheatgrass is full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, including chlorophyll, which helps to strengthen the immune system, fight illnesses, aid in weight loss, cleanse and rebuild the red blood cell count, helping with anemia. Growing and juicing wheatgrass at home requires few supplies, making it an inexpensive way to improve health and increase energy.
Soak wheatgrass seeds in a bowl covered with water for eight to 12 hours. Drain the seeds into a colander lined with paper towels and let set for another eight to 12 hours. Rinse and drain well for another 12 hours, then rinse. This process helps the seeds to sprout. When the tiny roots are up to 1/8 inch long, it is time to plant.
Fill a seed tray with potting soil up to the rim of the tray. Use a tray that has drainage holes. Water the soil and mix the water in with your hands until all of the soil, down to the bottom, is moist.
Spread the sprouted seeds evenly over the top of the moistened soil. Gently spray with water to moisten the seeds and cover the top of the tray loosely with plastic wrap. Set the tray in a low-light area, such as on a kitchen counter or a table away from a window. The temperature should be around 70 degrees Fahrenheit or slightly cooler.
Spray the seeds lightly one to two times daily to keep the soil moist. The plastic wrap and watering create a greenhouse-type effect.
Remove the plastic wrap after three to five days or when the seedlings are about 1 to 2 inches tall. Place the seed tray in a well-lit location, such as in front of a south-facing window. Water daily from the sides or bottom of the tray by holding the tray in a sink full of water. This keeps the grass dry, and the roots will get the water soaked up through the bottom of the tray.
Harvest the wheatgrass in about 10 days after planting or when the grass has reached around 6 to 8 inches. This is when the wheatgrass has the optimal health benefits available.
Cut a 3-by-3-inch section of grass at a time for juicing, approximately a handful. Cut the grass clear to the top of the soil and only cut as much as you will use at one time.
Place the handful of wheatgrass into a juicer to liquefy. One handful will make enough juice for one person.
Place the juice into a glass and drink. The wheatgrass juice can be combined with other all-natural juices, such as apple or carrot, to make it more palatable.
Store the unused portion of wheatgrass by placing the whole tray in a plastic bag and putting it into a refrigerator. You don't need to water the wheatgrass while storing. Wheatgrass will produce two to three crops from the same seeds, but each crop is less nutritious than the first.
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Amy Madtson resides in southern Oregon and has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008, focusing on health and gardening for websites such as eHow and GardenGuides. Madtson has an Associate of Arts in business from Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. She holds a childbirth educator certification and a one-year midwifery completion certificate.