Although wheatgrass has been used for thousands of years it has been largely forgotten about until relatively recently. If you have wondered what it is or how you can use it, you should find the answers here. If you have a question please feel free to email us.
What is Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is young sprouted wheat (Triticum aestivum). Despite being in the wheat family, wheatgrass contains no gluten so those who are gluten-intolerant can safely use it.
How is Wheatgrass Used?
Wheatgrass is most commonly associated with "wheatgrass shots". The young wheatgrass is juiced and taken as a nutritional supplement.
However, wheatgrass has also been used therapeutically for centuries. Today, as well as shots and powders, it is available in creams, gels and sprays for topical application to treat a wide range of skin conditions.
How Does Wheatgrass Work?
The short answer is that insufficient research has been done and so no one knows for sure. In the 1930's it became widely known as a low cost, effective agent in post-operative wound healing and the treatment of burns. Some studies attribute its action to the chlorophyll present in fresh wheatgrass.
While it is true that chlorophyll has a beneficial role to play in human nutrition and healing, there were other benefits observed in test animals that could not be explained. These observations included enhanced fertility, growth stimulation and improved health.
Since chlorophyll breaks down rapidly when exposed to light, the implication is that there is something else present in the wheatgrass that gives it the observed therapeutic properties. This is sometimes referred to as the "Grass Juice Factor" for want of a better name. As more research is undertaken it will no doubt become clear what this is exactly.
How Can Wheatgrass Help Me?
Most people can benefit from wheatgrass. It has been used successfully to treat:
Dr Wheatgrass Products
In Australia we are fortunate to have the Dr Wheatgrass range of products. This range was developed by Dr Chris Reynolds, an Australian doctor who has been in medical practice for over 25 years. After seeing the ineffectiveness and adverse side-effects of so many modern drugs, he was initially surprised at the incredible healing properties of Wheat Grass. Further clinical observation and research led him to develop this highly effective product range.
Dr Wheatgrass Supershots
While many people enjoy raising trays of fresh wheatgrass and juicing it for a daily wheatgrass shot, many others do not have either the time or space to do this. This is where the Supershots come into their own.
Dr Wheatgrass Supershots are made from fresh, organically grown wheatgrass. They are citrus flavoured so you don't get any grassy aftertaste and they are stable for months after opening. They provide natural antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, and E as well as phytosterols.
Supershots are safe for the young, the not-so-young, the pregnant and those breast-feeding.
Given that there is numerous anecdotal evidence that wheatgrass has increased fertility, it is worth giving the Supershots a try if you are trying to become pregnant.
When Should I use SuperBalm?
The Dr Wheatgrass SuperBalm comes into its own for stiff, uncomfortable muscles. If you have bruising or strains use it for superficial and deep soft tissue massage. It is also an effective skin recovery agent.
Directions: Massage for a few minutes before and after physical activity to help soothe stiff muscles or whenever required. Ice can damage deeper tissues so it is not recommended when using SuperBalm. In some cases, extended regular application may be required, so please persevere. May be safely applied to raw, chafed or cracked skin.
Dr Wheatgrass Products
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