- Stevia is an herb best known as a calorie-free sweetener
- Stevia herb becoming more popular as an herb for anti-smoking therapy
- Stevia can also be used to cure acne and effectively acts against dermatitis
Nicotine is one of the major causes of cigarette addiction. The chemical that is responsible for your addiction to smoking is nicotine. Once you start smoking, your system will start to get used to it that over time, you will need to smoke more often for your body to feel normal. In this way, when you don’t get enough nicotine, you will start to feel discomfort and crave for cigarettes.
This is what you may call as withdrawal syndrome that anyone who gets addicted to something goes through. Some of the physical symptoms like the discomfort may go away after some time but the craving for a cigarette may last a little longer.
Now, given that you are addicted to cigarettes, what do you plan to do about it? Do you really want to be a cigarette addict for the rest of your life and risk your health and even of your family?
If you don’t want to stay that way forever here is an herb that can help you give up your cigarette addiction. The answer is stevia.
HOW CAN STEVIA STOP SMOKING
Stevia helps cure alcohol and smoking addiction, according to a German study. The herb makes you give up your addiction by means of blocking the signals of craving that the brain is sending the body. This herb is a part of the chrysanthemum family which originated in Paraguay. This has been a natural sweetener for ages now. To use as an anti-smoking therapy, apply a 2 drops of stevia on your tongue every time you feel the desire to smoke. This will kill your craving at once.
Stevia is also a perfect aid in treating hypertension and diabetes aside from fighting off obesity. It can also be used to treat dermatitis and acne. But its most important quality is removing your craving for nicotine.
You can buy stevia in liquid or powder form in health stores or even in supermarkets.
GROWING STEVIA AT HOME
If you want to go all natural, you can grow your very own Stevia at home. This is a perennial that grows well under the sun but may die during a freezing weather. In warmer zones, they can survive winter and then come back during spring time. If you’re going to plant this herb in a pot, make use of a twelve-inch-pot. Use a good potting mix then place under full sun. When the top of the soil is dry, you can water it.
This plant doesn’t grow well in soggy soil so better make sure that the drainage is good so the roots won’t rot.
HARVESTING AND STORING
Cut the stems then strip it from leaves then place on loose fabric or on a non-metal screen during summer time. After a day, bring them inside. If you have a food dehydrator, use it to further dry them up. When the leaves have become crisp crush by hand then place them in an airtight jar.
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