Herb of the Day: Stevia

Stevia used to be fairly unknown but has become more of a household name in the last several years.  This herb is commonly used to make an alternative calorie-free sweetener.  There are over 200 varieties of the Stevia plant with the sweetness level varying from 30 to 300 times sweeter than sugar depending on the variety of plant!  Like many naturally occurring substances, stevia is often highly refined which obviously lowers its health benefits.  For those looking to use stevia in the home, homemade stevia syrup and extract is quite easy to make and a little bit goes a very long way with only a drop or two needed in most cases.  The leaf is used by herbalists and is typically added to preparations to help add some sweetness and improve the flavor.

HOTD Stevia Pin
The Plant

Stevia is known by the botanical name Stevia rebaudiana and is a member of the Asteraceae family.  It is native to South America with over 200 varieties of the plant still grown there.  This plant is easy to grow and care for if you live in zone 8 or higher, those in zone 7 and below will need to grow stevia in a pot to bring indoors for the winter.  The stevia plant is a lovely addition to a home garden growing up to 30 inches tall with skinny oval green leaves and occasionally flowering a small white flower.  The leaves are harvested in mid-summer and dried.  They are then either ground, used whole or made into syrups and extracts.


TriLight  Health and Stevia

We use stevia in our Blue Green Minerals and in Sinus Minus

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Blue Green Minerals

Blue Green Minerals is our popular mineral rich herbal multi-vitamin that even kids love! We’ve had many parents tell us their children ask for it daily :)

 

Sinus Minus

Sinus Minus is our remedy for colds/ flu, sinus infection, and allergies.  It works to help dry the sinuses, expel mucous and assist with asthma and hay fever.

 

Did you know that herbalists used Stevia?

 

Stevia image edited, origonal image attribution: By Thesupermat (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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