One of the most harmful habits for people nowadays is definitely smoking. If someone decides to quit smoking, it can be very hard, because it’s a kind of an addiction. The substance that causes the addiction is called nicotine. It only forces your body to crave for more nicotine.
There is also a withdrawal phase which occurs when you don’t intake nicotine in your body. That’s the hardest part: to get used to a life without nicotine and cigarettes. The nicotine cravings are the ones that last longer and the physical symptoms only last for one week.
In this article, we’re going to present you a herb that can help you with this terrible habit and quit it! Yes, you got that right! It’s Stevia. A recent German study managed to prove that Stevia can help you against some of the most dangerous addictions of modern time – smoking and drinking! This amazing plant can block the craving signals that our brain sends us to demand for nicotine. You’ve probably heard about it by now. Stevia is mostly used as a sweetener. It belongs to the Chrysanthemum family and it originates from Paraguay.
When you crave for cigarettes, just put several drops of Stevia directly on your tongue. You’ll notice that your cravings will be stopped very soon.
Stevia can be found in liquid or powder form in most healthy food stores, but also in supermarkets. With the help of this herb, you’ll also manage to lose some weight as well as regulate your blood pressure.
This amazing plant also possesses properties that will help you against dermatitis and acne. Use it as a facial mask, and your skin will be tight, soft and nourished!
Here’s an example on how you can learn to grow your own Stevia at home:
Stevia is a perennial plant which means it needs the sun and it cannot live in freezing conditions. Its root can survive in zone 8 only if it’s protected well, but also as in zones 9 and warmer. It will grow again in springtime.
Make sure you plant it in well-drained soil of good quality which is loose and loamy. Plant it in 12-inch containers. Keep it in direct sunlight. Check it from time to time and water the soil when it is dry.
Make sure the plant has 18 inches of free space, because it will grow 1-3 feet in height. Make sure you are careful and wait for the frost to pass. Then, you can plant the Stevia plant. Prevent the process of drying in summer and use mulch and compost.
You must prevent rotting with the help of good drainage. If the plant is still wilting after you’ve just watered it, it means that the roots are rotten.
This plant blooms in autumn. It has got white flowers. Make sure you trim off the flowers so that you can stimulate the growth of new leaves.
The leaves of the plant are sweeter in autumn. The taste is better before the plant blooms. Dry the leaves out in the sun and they will last longer.
First, you have to remove the stems, leaves, and tender stems. Then, scatter them on any non-metal screening or loosely woven fabric. They need only one day to become dry. After that, collect them and crush them with the help of a food processor. You can also crush them by hand. You need to get powder.
Keep the powdered Stevia in airtight containers. Add it into any food or drink. You’ll notice that it will not dissolve, but that’s OK. It will have an amazing effect anyway.
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