Botanical Name: Stevia rebaudiana
- English: Sugar leaves,
- Also, known as: Yaa Wann, Bertoni, Caaehe
Habitat: Stevia is indigenous to South America
Harvested: Wild & Cultivated
Parts Used: Leaves
This leaf is a native of Brazil and Paraguay but is currently grown widely in South East Asia and China as a sugar substitute for diabetics, hypoglycemics, and weight-conscious individuals. By weight, it is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar but has virtually no calories.
A perennial herb with erect, somewhat woody branches up to 0.6 m or 2 ft bearing small white florets arranged in few-flowered heads at the tips of the stems. The fruits are small, one-seeded, wind-dispersed achenes. A perennial herb with erect, somewhat woody branches up to 0.6 m or 2 ft bearing small white florets arranged in few-flowered heads at the tips of the stems. The fruits are small, one-seeded, wind-dispersed achenes.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also, for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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