Wheat grass is the greenery that sprouts from wheat berries. The grass is fast growing and typically germinates within eight to 10 days. Wheat grass is harvested when it is 4 to 5 inches tall. Juice is extracted manually (by mashing the blades of grass) or with a juice extractor. Wheat grass has many health benefits when consumed or applied externally.
Wheat grass contains very high concentrations of vitamins, nutrients and minerals. The grass is a rich source of live chlorophyll and live enzymes. A shot glass full of wheat grass contains healthy levels of vitamins A and E, and contains the same amount of vitamin C as an orange.
Wheat grass benefits a variety of skin ailments. Those with dry, itchy skin benefit from taking baths with 8 ounces of wheat grass juice added to the bath water. According to WheatgrassProfessional.info, wheat grass applied topically was proven effective in the treatment of chronic, steroid-dependent eczema.
Wheat grass juice is believed to detoxify the blood and organs. The high concentration of vitamins helps strengthen the body's immune system. Like other green foods, wheat grass helps to alkalize the body. According to SoulCast.com, this alkalizing effect helps the body combat mutagens and reduces the risks of some cancers.
Wheat grass can be ingested in a few ways. Grind blades of grass with a mortar and pestle and eat the pulp. Drink the juice after passing the blades through a juice extractor. Capsules of dried wheat grass powder are commercially available.
Wheat grass has a strong flavor; mix with juice if you have a sensitive palate. Dosages should be increased slowly. For your first week, drink a teaspoon per day until your body becomes used to it. Increase little by little until you reach one or two shot glasses per day.