Thursday, January 1, 2009

Wheat Grass

Wheat Grass: Triticum vulgare (Bread Wheat)

Wheat is a well known cereal crop widely cultivated all over the world. Wheat grows as a seedling and then as a plant with grassy leaf blades, yields flowers and wheat grains. However, the leaves get dried and become chaff finally in the field and used in various domestic purposes and paper industry.

But the wheat grass is grown in a natural soil and organic medium only for just 7 days and up to a height of 6 to 9 inches. The young lush green wheat crop is simply cut, cleaned and crushed into juice.

The deep green colored juice is rich in chlorophyll and protein, with about 30 various enzymes, minerals and vitamins including B 12, ensure vital life energy. Wheat grass is now well known for its medicinal properties.

How to grow the wheat grass?

Soak a cup of hard winter wheat seeds for about 5 to 8 hours in a liter of water. You may add a few drops of organic vinegar to the water, which become slightly acidic. This keeps out the fungus and mold from the seeds.

Put the seeds in a strainer and rinse it twice or thrice with water that used for soaking seeds. Wash it.

When the seeds sprout, they are ready for transplanting into the growing trays. The trays are 6 inches in height and they are filled with organic soil to ½” height. The sprouted seeds are spread on the soil and sprinkled with water. The tray is covered with another inverted tray and a wet towel. The wetting is done daily till it grows to the height of 6 to 9 inches tall. The fresh green wheat grass is just cut at the bottom level, cleaned and crushed to extract juice.

They benefit in cleansing the lymph system, building the blood, removing the toxic metals, nourishing the liver and kidney and restoring nutritional balance in the body.

About 150 ml of fresh wheat grass juice is enough to bring very good vitality in human body and is equal to one kilogram of vegetables.

Bermuda Grass

Cynodon dactylon (Hariyali, Haridi, Arugampul)

Bahama grass, Bermuda grass, Couch grass, Creeping panic grass, Devil's grass, Doab Grass, Dog's tooth grass)

Bermuda grass (Hariyali), Cynodon dactylon, is a creeper; grows spreading over the soil like a mat. Its root system is deep and may grow deeper even to 4 to 5 feet in drought situations. Though the grass has got erect, flat stems of 15 inches or more, they spread on ground with long, sharp and rough edged lush grayish green leaves.

Medicinal Uses: Antiseptic, diuretic, astringent, anabolic.

When taken internally, the plant juice controls dysentery and diarrhea. It stimulates urination. External application of plant juice on wounds and cuts is beneficial in faster healing. The root extract is useful in treating bleeding piles. The leaf juice is used in treatment of hysteria, epilepsy and insanity.

This is a folk remedy for many diseases like hyper tension, head ache, calculus, cancer, coughs, cramps, tumors etc. Hence, this is considered as an herbal drink to keep the body healthy.

Burmuda Grass

Burmuda Grass