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September 26, 2022 | BLOG

How To Grow Barley Grass At Home

Barley Grass
👉Barley grass is a powerful healing food and natural metabolism booster due to its natural antioxidant properties. It is mainly used in juice form or in pulp form after it is dried out and pulverized. It is not only rich in phytochemicals but also in soluble fibers, helping lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or "bad," cholesterol levels. 👉Here you will learn the energetic properties of barley grain, the fantastic health benefits of barley grass, and a complete tutorial on how to grow barley grass at home using the steps below!

Barley (Hordeum vulgare) Energetic Profile

  • Element: Earth, Water, Wood.
  • Thermal Nature: Cooling.
  • Flavor: Sweet, Salty.
  • Target Organs: Stomach, Pancreas, Spleen, Gallbladder, Small Intestine, Bladder.
  • Actions: Builds Yin, Builds Blood, Tonifies Qi, Moistens Stomach Fluids, Soothes Small Intestine (Resolves Heat in SI), Resolves Dryness, Relieves Thirst, Promotes Digestion, Drains Water, Induces Urination, Resolves Dampness, Resolves Phlegm & Mucus, Reduces Inflammation & Bloating, Removes Toxins.
  • Direction: Descending.

Barley Grass Health Benefits

  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Boosts healthy skin.
  • Prevents cancer.
  • Rich source of powerful antioxidants, essential amino acids, and beneficial enzymes.
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, B-vitamins, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), and vitamin K (phylloquinone). It contains electrolytes, including magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium along with other essential minerals such as zinc, iron, and calcium.
  • Barley grass is a potent supplier of the critical enzyme, superoxide dismutase (SOD), which plays a major role in fighting free radical damage and inflammation. The protective action of these radical scavengers can help in the prevention and delay of the development of a wide array of chronic diseases caused by oxidative stress.

Recipe

Kitchen Tools, Utensils & Equipment:

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Kitchen Towels
  • Sterilized Mason Jars For Soaking
  • Planting Containers With Holes For Water Draining
  • Extra Tray to Use as a Cover
  • Organic Potting Mix 
  • Kitchen scissors

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Sprouted Whole Barley Grains

Instructions:

  1. Take planting containers with holes for water draining and add organic potting mix, enough to make a 1/2 or 1-inch layer.
  2. Mist heavily using a spray bottle filled with water.
  3. Take sprouted barley grains (here is how I sprout them) and start sprinkling them evenly over the potting mix.
  4. Gently press the sprouting grains onto the surface of the soil and cover them with another plastic container.
  5. Cover with a tray and a tablecloth to keep them in a dark environment until the grass reaches about 2 inches.
  6. Spray using a mister with water twice a day to keep the grains moist but not saturated.
  7. Usually, by day four, the sprouts will be long enough so you can uncover the tray and transfer it into a place with indirect sunlight and well ventilation.
  8. If everything goes well, by day seven you will be able to harvest your barley grass.
  9. Using a sharp knife or scissors harvest as much as you need and keep the rest of it moist until you harvest again.
  10. If you keep watering the soil, the grass will grow again one more time.
  11. Store the harvested grass in the refrigerator or use it as soon as possible.

Extra Notes

  • If you grow barley grass for juicing, approximately 1 cup of barley seeds (½ lb) grows enough grass to make about 10-12 ounces of barley grass juice.
  • It is important to know and understand when it is the right time to harvest the grass to optimize the nutritional value of the plant. Usually about 6 inches tall is ideal.
  • Note that the nutritional value of grass from the second harvest is lower compared to the nutritional value of the grass from the first harvest.
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Sakis Stamou

Sakis Stamou, Chef & Alchemist

Co-Founder of Vitalist Healing Traditions & Founder of Vitalist Healing Cuisine

Sakis is an educator & advisor, integrating ancient healing traditions. In his work, he teaches you how to use food as a pathway toward true healing. His personal mission is to educate & inspire people around the globe through the engagement of alchemy in our modern life, in order to transform human life, materially & spiritually.

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