Smoking is one of the most harmful habits, and its quitting can be extremely hard for some people. Nicotine is the substance which causes the addiction, and it forces the body to crave for more.
So the more you smoke, the more nicotine is needed.
Also, when you do not enter nicotine in the body, the withdrawal phase occurs, which can be quite difficult before your body gets used to the new life without cigarettes. The physical symptoms last for a week, but the nicotine cravings can last longer.
Stevia is a plant that originates from Paraguay and has been used as a natural sweetener for ages. Stevia is believed to have anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-glycemic, and anti-hypertensive properties which may help with:
– chronic fatigue
– weight loss
– cold and flu
– dandruff and hair loss
– bacterial infections
– skin conditions (cuts, wounds, rashes, itchiness, blemishes, acne, seborrhoeic dermatitis, dermatitis, eczema, and wrinkles)
Moreover, Stevia can also improve energy and the immune system and help in withdrawal from tobacco and alcohol addiction.
It may also improve energy levels, strengthen the immune system, stimulate mental activity, and may also help in withdrawal from tobacco and alcohol addiction.
Stevia can be found in both powdered and liquid form and is available in health-food stores and bigger supermarkets. Look for it on the baking good aisle or in the health food aisle.
USING STEVIA TO QUIT SMOKING
All you need is a few drops of Stevia, and you need to drop them directly on the tongue when you crave for cigarettes. It will instantly stop the cravings.
Stevia thrives in warm areas and dies off at lower temperatures. However, it survives the winter in zones 9 and warmer, re-appearing in spring. With adequate protection, it can overwinter in zone 8, too.
If you plant Stevia in containers, use at least a 12-inch pot withigh-qualityty soil. Place it in well-lit area and water when you feel the top of the potting soils dry to the touch.
SOIL, PLANTING, AND CARE
The stevia plant needs to have a space of 18 inches. The soil you use for planting it needs to be loose, loamy, and well-drained, since this is exactly what this plant likes. It can reach a height of 1-3 feet, depending on the growing season. Plant the stevia plant after the frost passes and make sure that you find compost or Bonnie Herb and Vegetable Plant Food. Also, you need to make sure you stick to the instructions given on the label. During the summer, you are recommended to use mulch in order to prevent your stevia from drying out. If your stevia is planted in a pot, be sure that it gets the same plant food and mulch.
Provide good drainage because Stevia doesn’t like soggy soil. If the plant becomes wilt and doesn’t recover after watering, it is very likely that it is already rotten and useless.
HARVEST AND STORAGE
The time when the stevia plant blooms is fall, so you can trim off the flowers. This will let the stevia grow new leaves.
During fall time, stevia has small white flowers, and it stretches out. This is the time when the good leaves of this plant are not numerous, so you would need to clip off the blooms, so the plant will release more leaves.
The time when the leaves of this plant are the sweetest is autumn. It has the greatest taste before it starts blooming.
Once you pluck the stevia leaves, you can dry them and thus use them for a longer period of time. It is recommended that you cut off the stems and remove the leaves and the tender stems. The stevia leaves should then be scattered on loosely woven fabric or some other non-metal surface. The adequate drying of the stevia leaves is outside, in the sun.