There was a parsley sale ’bout a week ago. I couldn’t resist and wound up with a huge bag of the stuff. I use fresh parsley in a lot of my green smoothies, so I figured it’d be gone by now.
It’s not. I sort of…forgot about it and now it’s on the brink of committing mass suicide.
Well, can’t let that happen. Especially since I’m in love with liquid chlorophyll. The stuff’s kinda price-y (around $15 for a bottle at Amazon), so when I get the chance – like now – I make it myself. I think it’s better, too, since the liquid chlorophyll sold in stores usually contains no magnesium – substituting sodium and copper instead to make the formulation more stable. Getting chlorophyll directly from plant sources means I can have my
cake magnesium and eat it too.
In case you’re wondering why you’d even bother with this chlorophyll business, here’s a few snippets about chlorophyll and its myriad health (and beauty) benefits:
- Chlorophyll has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and wound-healing properties. It can help combat acne and other impurities and infections on the skin by aiding our body’s tissue in destroying germs.
- This green stuff is a rich, natural source of magnesium - something our bodies need but many of us are deficient in. You see, the molecular structure of chlorophyll is pretty much identical to hemoglobin (the red blood cells that transport oxygen to blood) except for the center atom – in hemoglobin, the center atom is iron. In chlorophyll, it’s magnesium. This magnesium is super important since it helps to deliver much needed oxygen to cells and tissues. It also has a highly alkalizing effect on the body and is thought to be critical for our cardiovascular, digestive, and nervous systems as well as for proper functioning of muscles, kidneys, liver, hormone-secreting glands, and even our brains.
- Chlorophyll is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E that help fight inflammation and neutralize free radicals, the harmful molecules in the body that can damage healthy cells.
- Chlorophyll is one of the most important, natural chelates – it binds to and helps remove toxins and heavy metals (i.e. mercury) from our bodies.
- This green pigment also has been found to have anti-carcinogenic effects. It blocks the metabolism of pro-carcinogens that damage DNA and protects against air-borne carcinogens from pollution as well as toxins from cooked meats.
- And an extra bonus…chlorophyll is an effective odor deodorizer – fighting bad breath and body odor from the inside out. It’s also been known to reduce urinary and fecal odors, in case you were wondering.
All in all, this plant blood stuff is awesome. And you can whip some up yourself.
What You Need to Make Liquid Chlorophyll:
- Something green, with chlorophyll in it – parsley, alfalfa, spinach, kale, wheatgrass and even lawn clippings (not recommended if said lawn is sprayed with pesticides)
- A blender or food processor
- A cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve
- Optional: fresh mint. I like a little mint in my chlorophyll liquid and I happen to have a few mint plants lying around, so I’m tossing in a handful of fresh spearmint to the mix as well
The entire process takes around 10 minutes and it’ll make you a nice big batch of liquid chlorophyll.
For this batch, I’m using 60 grams of parsley, around a dozen mint leaves (half peppermint, half spearmint), and 3 cups of water.
Let’s get started, yea?
How to Make Liquid Chlorophyll:
Step 1. Load everything in the blender
Toss all your green stuff with water into your blender (or food processor).
Step 2. Blend
Pulse or blend it all for about a minute, ’til all the green leaves are broken down into tiny little bits.
Step 3. Strain
Using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth, strain the liquid from the broken down leaves.
Voila – liquid chlorophyll. See that swirling green stuff…
That’s the chlorophyll. Now you have 2 options:
1. Cool the entire batch of liquid chlorophyll in the fridge ’til you see the chlorophyll rising to the surface like green chalk mix. You can then filter the chlorophyll from the liquid – preferably using a cheesecloth or a muslin cloth – scrape the chlorophyll off the cloth and store it.
2. Leave the liquid chlorophyll as is and use it. This is my preferred method since well, it’s easier. I just shake my little bottle of minty chlorophyll before I use it and then add it to juices, smoothies, and a whole array of DIY beauty concoctions.
So What Exactly Can You Use This Liquid Chlorophyll For?
1. As Your Deodorant
Did you know chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer? It not only masks odors, but it works to eliminate them. Still, you probably don’t want to rub the stuff all over your pits – green pits, ew – but taking a few tablespoons of liquid chlorophyll will help stop body odor – and bad breath – from the inside out.
2. In a Foot Soak
Why stop with the pits? Add a splash of this liquid chlorophyll to a foot soak to relieve sore – and even stinky – feet.
Try: a basin filled with hot water,grated ginger, mint, liquid chlorophyll and a mini handful of Epsom salts.
3. Face Mask
Toss the liquid chlorophyll into your face masks instead of water.
4. Facial cleansers
I use a mostly cleansing powders and grains to clean my face with, which means they usually need a “wet” base. Water works fine, but when I can, I usually opt for a slightly fancier option like yogurt or aloe vera juice or liquid chlorophyll.
5. For your pets
I drink this liquid chlorophyll myself, and when I do – I give some to my cat as well to help with her god-awful fecal smell (I know, TMI…) I just mix a tablespoon into her wet food once or twice a day. I’d like to give some to the dog too, but he straight-out refuses to drink it and he has no wet food and his breath isn’t so bad so I’m holding off for now.