Natural-food enthusiasts believe wheatgrass--the young shoots of the common wheat plant--is a nutritional superfood due to its high levels of chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. According to the Hippocrates Health Institute, wheatgrass juice or powder has curative properties and may alleviate numerous human illnesses. Its proponents claim wheatgrass juice can detoxify the body, restore alkalinity to the blood, stimulate the thyroid, reduce skin irritation and combat tumors. While more research into wheatgrass's healing potential is needed, people can experiment with this all-natural food by easily growing their own wheatgrass at home.
Soak the wheatgrass seeds in a bowl or jar of water for about 12 hours. Line a colander with a paper towel, set the colander in a sink and drain the seeds. Rinse the seeds thoroughly with fresh water.
Let the seeds rest in the colander for another 12 hours. This time allows the seeds to begin sprouting.
Prepare the sprouting tray. Fill with an even layer of sterile potting soil or seed-starting mix, periodically spraying the mix with water to moisten it.
Spread the drained wheatgrass seeds on top of the soil in the tray in a single layer. Place the cover over the tray to retain moisture and help the seeds to germinate.
Place the seeded tray in a sunny window or under a full-spectrum fluorescent light. Full-spectrum bulbs mimic natural sunlight, which the wheatgrass seeds need to produce chlorophyll for sturdy growth. Don't use incandescent bulbs because they don't contain the full spectrum of light and give off too much heat.
Make sure the room temperature where the seeds are growing stays at about 70 degrees Fahrenheit for optimum sprouting.
When the wheatgrass sprouts have grown about an inch tall, remove the tray cover. Keep the soil moist by watering once or twice a day, but avoid soaking the soil. Soil that is too wet attracts mold and harms the plants.
Harvest the wheatgrass when it has grown 6 to 7 inches. Cut the grass with scissors half an inch from the roots, and use a wheatgrass juicer to puree the grass for consumption.