OUCH! Recently, a woodworker wrote me about his nearly cutting his finger off while using a machine saw. It was pretty bad and he asked me “Will wheatgrass help the healing? If yes, how would you use it?”
Truly, wheatgrass is a wonderful healer. If you can, please read the Research Chapter of my book Wheatgrass Nature’s Finest Medicine. There, you will find a long history of wheatgrass being used for cuts, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, eczema, psoriasis, ulcers, gum disease, gingivitis, and more.
I told the woodworker to go out to his yard and pick the healthiest looking grass out there. Crush it to the point when you can squeeze out some juice. Even if you don’t have a juicer designed for wheatgrass, you can twist and press the grass to the point where it gets juicy. Then wrap the juicy grass pulp around the hurt finger. Keep it there for an hour. Support it by keeping it in place using some kind of stretch gauze. Pay close attention to the poultice to make sure neither the gauze or the grass blades do not get caught in the fibrin forming in the wound. It is okay for juice and small fibers to get trapped in the wound, but pull the larger stuff out.
If you do have a juicer, alternatively you can dip the gauze into the juice instead of using pulp. Its your preference depending on your circumstances, but the pulp wrap is superior, although a little messier. This whole process can be messy. However, if you’ve nearly cut your finger off, neatness is not a priority. But do be aware that chlorophyll is a natural dye. Protect your clothing.
Grab enough grass to make several poultices for the day and store it in the fridge. You should freshen the wrap approximately once per hour, at least for the first day. You can space it out longer after that. Apply these grass poultices over 3-4 days depending on the severity of the wound. Ideally, fresh grown indoor wheatgrass, either grown by yourself or by a professional grower is best.
The fresh grass is the most healing and while the wound is new and raw, it is the best remedy. Later, once the wound is solidly knitted, (5-7 days?) you can use the wheatgrass spray (especially if the wound is sensitive) or just use the wheatgrass balm. Of course, if you need stitches, get that done first and then use the grass poultice to help speed up the healing of the wound. Only don’t tell the docs you’re doing it.
When time allows, you could order fresh wheatgrass either mine, grown by one of the best wheatgrass growers in the business, or whatever you can buy locally. It’s much more therapeutic than the outdoor grass on your lawn. Another excellent alternative is frozen wheatgrass. This wheatgrass is grown in deeper roots at colder temperatures and under full sunshine. It is superior to indoor grass. But it is only available frozen (unless you have your own garden). Sure, frozen looses a little, but the processing is done so diligently, and the grass is so superior, that the healing properties are definitely still there. And if you read the “Real Stories from Real People” chapter of my book, you’ll learn that many of the folks that healed themselves never had access to fresh grass. Frozen was all they ever used. The neat part is that it stores for months in your freezer and is always available to you. You can melt it onto the gauze and also melt it into a drink. Or just suck on the cubes.
You probably noticed that I have not recommended the powder. My Wheatgrass Juice powder is potent, convenient, and affordable. It is great for internal nourishment, but it is not the first choice for external wounds. Sure, I would use it in a second if that is all I had, and there are many advantages to this kind of grass. I just prefer to use it internally. Of course, how the grass is juiced and then dehydrated….that whole process of converting from fresh to powder, and how it is transported, etc. is more involved than just freezing something. My powder is all low temperature dried and with zero friction. And it is really juice powder, not grass powder like so many wheatgrass products. Dried grass has one overwhelming advantage. It takes about 25 ounces of fresh juice to make one ounce of powder. That means this stuff is super concentrated. That makes it a vitamin. And this vitamin was made in perfect balance by nature.