Stevia Leaves (Herbal Sweetener)
Stevia comes from the plant Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni. People in South America have been utilizing the stevia plant for over 1,500 years, and they adore using it as a non-caloric sugar alternative in their yerba mate tea and as a delicious treat. It has also been used as a traditional medicine in these nations for burns, stomach disorders, colic, and even as a means of birth control.
The stevia plant has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, hypotensive, antiseptic, diuretic, anti-fertility, and cardiotonic qualities in addition to its hypoglycemic effects.
It may help lower cholesterol levels, promote metabolic health, minimize weight gain, and maybe supply cancer-fighting compounds, according to some studies.
Stevia is a calorie-free natural sweetener that adds taste to foods but has no effect on blood sugar levels. As a result, it has become popular as a diabetic remedy. Stevia also has no carbs or lipids, making it ideal for dieters.
You just need a tiny quantity of stevia leaf extract to sweeten your cup of tea or the next batch of healthy baked goods because it is nearly 200 times sweeter than sugar.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!