It's hard to lie about your age once your hair starts to turn gray! Many women over the age of 50 (and some men too!) resort to dying their hair regularly to disguise their increasingly dull gray hair. However, traditional Chinese medicine promotes a natural way to keep your hair color longer, by using wheatgrass.
What is Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass looks like fresh broad-leafed grass when it is grown in a pot. It is actually the young shoots of triticum aestivum, the common wheat plant. It is harvested while the shoots are still young and tender and the leaves can be dried and made into a powder supplement. Alternatively, the juice is extracted from the young shoots and it is then used in smoothies and vegetable health drinks such as those served in juice bars.
How Does Wheatgrass Prevent Gray Hair?
Ancient Chinese medicine teaches that the pigmentation in our hair reflects the quality of our blood and the strength of the kidneys. They believe that gray hair indicates the need for you to boost your blood and kidney system with foods that are high in chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is naturally produced by plants as they photosynthesize during daylight hours and is actually what makes plants green. Wheatgrass is a very concentrated source of chlorophyll. It also contains a rich cocktail of amino acids, enzymes, minerals and vitamins.
Wheatgrass is recommended by herbalists such as Ann Wigmore in The Wheatgrass Book as a natural way to cleanse the blood of impurities and toxins. Wheatgrass is also believed to help rejuvenate cells, keeping them youthful by tightening loose and sagging skin. It is a popular supplement for those interested in natural beauty and anti-aging remedies.
Wheatgrass the Blood Builder:
Chlorophyll is very similar to hemoglobin, an important compound that transports oxygen around the body within the blood. When we consume chlorophyll it quickly enters our bloodstream and similarly transports nutrients to every cell in our body.
Those who need rapid blood building are often advised to consume wheatgrass juice. Some health practitioners claim that simply soaking in a bath of chlorophyll can double the red blood cell count in just a few days.
Wheatgrass in larger doses acts as a detoxifier, cleansing the liver and kidneys and eliminating toxins and metals including cadmium, nicotine and mercury. Those looking for a natural cleanser and blood booster to improve and restore the health and color of their hair should certainly consider adding wheatgrass to their daily diet.
How to Grow Your Own Wheatgrass Juice:
The easiest way to maintain a fresh daily supply of wheatgrass is to grow your own wheatgrass from seed. Simply soak the seeds and plant them in a tray of organic compost, then watch them grow. In 9-10 days the shoots will be ready to harvest. The juice is very easy to extract using a wheatgrass juicer.
The recommended daily dose of freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice is 1-2 fluid ounces. It can be taken once a day in a fruit or vegetable smoothie. Alternatively, add a tablespoon of wheatgrass powder to your smoothie, or take a recommended supplement of wheatgrass tablets (usually 7-10 tablets per day).
Once you have added wheatgrass to your diet you can sit back and wait for the compliments. If this Chinese remedy is correct you will soon see less gray hair rather than more. With the added benefit of younger, tighter skin, this could totally reverse the aging process, rejuvenating your body from the hair down!