It is a well-known fact that smokers trying to give up smoking experience constant nicotine cravings.
However, there is an powerful herb that can help you quit smoking as well as stop those unbearable cravings.
Specifically, Stevia originates from the chrysanthemum family from Paraguay. This plant has been used as an excellent natural sweetener for years. Stevia is useful in fighting against obesity and in treating diabetes and high blood pressure.
What’s more important, this plant is able to destroy any desire for nicotine.
Many people use this plant for treating acne and dermatitis.
This plant can be found in a form of liquid, leaf, and white and green powder. Since this plant does not require too much, meaning it can be easily grown in pots or in your garden.
How to Grow Stevia
Even though stevia looks like any other green plant, but it is a fantastic plant due to the natural sweetness present in its leaves that is also calorie-free.
Moreover, it is actually a tender perennial, which loves and tolerates sun and dies back in a freeze. But, the roots of this plant can often survive the winter in warmer zones or in zone 8 and 9, but of course with good protection.
In case you decide to garden it in containers, take a 12-inch pot with a high-quality potting mix. It is also advisable to water it every time when the top inch of the soil is dry and place it in full sun.
Details about Stevia’s Growing, Soil, and Care:
Depending on the length of the growing season, this plant will grow 1 to 3 feet in height in the loose, loamy, and well-drained soil. It should be fed using Bonnie Herb and Vegetable Plant Food or compost. You should also mulch it in order to protect it from drying out on hot sunny days.
Note: Stevia doesn’t tolerate soggy soil, and therefore it should have good drainage. A common sign of rot is plant wilting and it cannot recover after watering.
How to Harvest and Store It:
Once this plant blooms in fall, its flowers should be trimmed off and it will make more leaves.
In the fall, this plant actually bears small white flowers and stretches out and provides fewer excellent leaves for harvest. You can also trim off the blooms in order to keep it producing leaves for longer.
You should dry stevia in order to make it convenient to use and preserve the summer’s plenty. In fact, one day will be enough to dry the stevia leaves. However, be careful the dew not to dampen them.
Also, in case you have a food dehydrator, you can freely use it. When the leaves become crisp, you should crush them with hand or powder them using a food processor. Keep them in an airtight container.
Since the powdered leaves do not dissolve, they are an amazing alternative for sweetening your drinks and foods.
How to Use It:
Besides stevia can help you block your brain’s craving for nicotine, but it has a various other awesome medical properties.
This plant should be grown since its leaves can sweeten the food and drinks without any sugar calories.
It is recommended to use 1/8 teaspoon of dried stevia because it is as sweet as 1 teaspoon of sugar, when sweetening with powdered leaves.
Furthermore, stevia will not caramelize as sugar or feed yeast for breads when heated.