Wheatgrass: A Chest of Remedies for Health and Beauty
by Li Smith / from her book "Wheatgrass: Superfood for a New Millennium"
Wheatgrass is a powerful natural remedy in preventing, treating, or
alleviating the symptoms of disease. Its therapeutic properties were
highly prized by the Egyptian pharaohs, and today many notable doctors
and research scientists have given wheatgrass the "green light" for its
ability to improve health.
Research confirms the potent role wheatgrass plays as an
anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-oxidant and anti-aging remedy.
taken regularly as a drink and/or applied to the skin, can really can make a big
difference to health, appearance and well-being. Why? Because wheatgrass
affects the skin and other organs on a cellular level.
Q. It has been said that wheatgrass provides natural protection against
aging. How does this affect the skin?
A. According to researchers, the young wheat plant contains substances
that can actually encourage cells to grow younger instead of older as
the years go by. Wheatgrass is also loaded with vitamins, trace
minerals, amino acids and enzymes that purify the system. But the secret
of its amazing healing powers is the green plant pigment chlorophyll.
Also referred to as the green pigment of plants, it traps the energy of
sunlight for photosynthesis. Chlorophyll has become a key player in the
fight against aging skin.
Chlorophyll constitutes 70 percent of the solute in wheatgrass and has
been extensively tested for its extraordinary healing powers. This
'green blood' of the plant draws its energy from the light of the sun
and has the ability to infuse our bloodstream with healing and
Cosmetic houses are now looking at sunbeams in a different light.
Estée Lauder's LightSource Transforming Moisture Créme SPF 15, for
example, takes the principle of photosynthesis - that light creates
energy - and transforms it into its newest weapon in the fight against
Microcrystals in the formula convert regular light into energy, which
the company claims stimulates collagen production. In tests by Estée
70 percent of women had "stronger skin and a better ability to retain
moisture" after eight weeks of using the product.
Q. Does wheatgrass juice get absorbed into the skin?
A. Yes, as much as 60 percent or more of wheatrass juice may be absorbed
by the skin. A superbly gentle skin cleanser, wheatgrass is also a
wonderful toner. When applied regularly onto the skin it will
eventually fade blemishes and sunspots. It stimulates the growth of
healthy new skin and 'tightens' older skin. Quickly absorbed by the
skin, it leaves it feeling silky smooth and gives it a golden glow.
Q. Is wheatgrass juice (or pulp) always safe to use?
A. It is not advisable to try wheatgrass after surgery when it could
stimulate the blood flow in the area.
When you drink wheatgrass juice regularly you may experience some
symptoms of detoxification. This is because wheatgrass is purifying to
the system. It contains alkaline minerals that neutralize poisons, such
as uric and other acids, that are released in the detoxification
process. So always take care to start slowly and proceed with care.
Q. Wheatgrass - what is it?
A. Wheatgrass is sprouted wheat kernels which have been allowed to grow
to the height of 6 inches or more, usually for 7 - 14 days (depending on
warmth), either indoors or outdoors in trays or in the open ground.
Wheatgrass is often grown in a special growing shed with controlled
lighting and other desired conditions. It can also be grown
hydroponically without soil.
When the grass has reached its optimal level of growth, it can be juiced
with a wheatgrass juicer or an ordinary blender. When a blender is used,
liquefy the wheatgrass with some pure water, with or without raw honey.
Strain into a jug. What is left in the strainer is the pulp which can be
used directly on the skin. Simply rub it onto the body and leave it on
for 20 minutes or so before you take a shower. The pulp and juice
contains many excellent anti-radiation and anti-inflammatory properties.
Wheatgrass juice is one of the best health tonics you can use internally
and externally. When we are properly nourished we can function in a more
complete and happier way!
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This article is adapted from Li Smith's book,
"Wheatgrass: Superfood for a New Millennium", published by
Vital Health Publishing, 2000 - see the website at http://www.vitalhealth.net
Also available at Barnes & Noble and http://www.amazon.com
Please remember to always exercise caution when using Wheatgrass,
Medicinal Herbs, Essential Oils, Detoxification and Diets, especially if
you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or suffer from epilepsy. Get
a 2nd and 3rd opinion.
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