Although a detrimental routine, people could not easily quit smoking. It’s the nicotine in cigarettes which makes people crave for more. So, the more you smoke, the more nicotine you need. If you do not enter nicotine in your body, you will experience a state of withdrawal, characterized by great discomfort.
Although the physical symptoms will be gone for a week, but the cravings will be present for longer.
According to a recent German study, Stevia is one promising herb for quitting both cigarettes and alcohol. This plant belongs to the chrysanthemum family, which originates from Paraguay. Although widely used as a sweetener it offers many additional health benefits.
Stevia inhibits the cravings and the signals the brain sends.
So, if you try to quit smoking, consume several drops of Stevia every day. When experiencing a craving stroke, put some drops directly on the tongue and the cravings will disappear immediately.
Stevia can be used both in the form of powder and liquid and you can find them in the supermarkets and food stores.
Stevia can effectively treat diabetes, hypertension, obesity and diabetes. It tightens and nourishes the skin, treats dermatitis and acne.
You can grow stevia at home in the following way:
Stevia is a tender plant that can’t survive in cold and freezing conditions, so it looks for sun and warm temperatures.
Stevia’s root can survive in zones 9 and will come back in the spring. If the root is well protected, it can survive in zone 8.
Plant the Stevia root in 12-inch containers, with high-quality potting mix. Expose it to direct sunlight and water it regularly when the soil is dry.
Make sure your stevia has about 18 inches of space in a well-drained, loose and loamy soil. In these conditions, it will grow 1 to 3 feet in height. Mulch the plant in order to prevent it from drying during the summer. Make sure you do not use a soggy soil and it has a proper drainage. If the plant wilts, it may have been attacked by insects of the roots is rotten.
Trim the flowers in autumn in order to stimulate the growth of new leaves and promote blooms. Its flowers are white, but if you want to stimulate more leaves, clip off its blooms. In fact, the leaves are the sweetest in autumn, before Stevia starts blooming.
Dry the plucked leaves in order to use them longer. Cut whole stems and strip the leaves and tender stem tips. Place them on non-metal or woven fabric surface and dry them in the sun.
For drying the leaves, you will need only one day and then place them in a container. Crush the leaves into a powder. Store the powder in an airtight container.
Add the powder to sweeten your foods and beverages.