We all know what a harmful habit smoking is, yet, that still does not prevent people to quit it. The nicotine is a very addictive substance and once you get used to it, you crave it. Thus, when people smoke more, they need it more as well. If a smoker stops smoking, they start feeling some discomfort, which presents the withdrawal phase. The physical symptoms do stop in a week, however, the cravings need more time.
Nevertheless, there has been a recent German study which concluded that Stevia can help immensely to quit alcohol and cigarettes. This plant is a part of the chrysanthemum family and it is native to Paraguay. People have used it as a sweetener for a long time. The Stevia is able to inhibit the cravings and signals the brain sends.
Therefore, if you are one of those people who is struggling with quitting smoking, we are here to tell you that if you consume Stevia daily, it will help you with that.
How Can Stevia Help You Quit Smoking?
When you experience some cravings, take the Stevia and drop them directly on the tongue. This will fight the cravings at that same moment. Also, you can use Stevia in the form of liquid and powder. You can buy it in some health food stores and supermarkets.
Stevia is also very good when it comes to hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. It will nourish and tighten the skin, it will treat acne, and fight dermatitis.
How to Grow Stevia at Home?
Stevia likes warm temperatures and the sun, it will not survive in freezing conditions. The root will survive in zones 9 and warmer and it may grow again in spring.
If the plant is well protected it has a chance to survive in zone 8 as well. Just plant the Stevia in 12-inch containers with high-quality soil. Place them so that they are exposed to direct sunlight and water it when dry.
Make sure you leave the plant some space of 18 inches, in a well-drained, loamy and loose soil. It might reach a height of 1-3 feet. Just plant it at the end of the frost and use a nice compost.
In the summer, to prevent drying, use mulch. Do not use soggy soil and make sure it has a good drainage. Bear in mind that the roots are rotten or attacked by insects if the plant wilts.
Trim the flowers in fall because that is when the plant blooms. This way, you will stimulate the growth of new leaves. Its flowers are white, and if you want the plant to produce more leaves, clip off the blooms. Also, the leaves are sweetest in autumn before the plant starts to bloom.
Furthermore, when you pluck the leaves, you should dry them so that you will be able to use them longer. Just cut off the stems and eliminate the leaves and tender stems. Scatter it on woven fabric or a surface that is not metal and place the leaves in the sun to dry.
This should take you about a day and then you have to take the leaves and put them in a container. Finally, crush the leaves and make a powder.
Place this powder in airtight containers and add to your foods and drinks to sweeten them. That is it!
Just try this and you will see that you will get rid of the nicotine addiction once and for all!