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             Stevia is a natural or holistic alternative to sugar. Holistic health practitioners suggest it to help those fighting cancer to heal and reverse the cell mutation process. It has other medicinal properties too. This pages includes everything you wanted to or needed to know about this valuable and natural resource that can assist those who for whatever reason, choose to avoid sugar and embrace natural alternatives.


(Stevia rebaudiana) is a South American herb that's been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. Its leaves have a refreshing sweet taste, zero glycemic index, zero calories, and zero carbs. This is something that actual sugar can't even begin to compare to. It's also not synthesized like most of the sweetners that are added to products today are. Let's face it, sugar is a free-based substance.


Stevia is said to be 25-30 times sweeter tasting than sugar. You often see it added to products designed to help stimulate libido or male sexual function. It's also known among herbalist to stimulate alertness and counteract fatigue. It's claimed to facilitate digestion and gastrointestinal functions, regulate blood glucose levels, nourish the liver, pancreas and spleen; and help the body sustain a feeling of vitality and well being.


Let's Review.


Modern Use:


aiding in digestion
aiding the gastrointestinal functions
regulating blood glucose levels
nourishing the liver
nourishing the pancreas
nourishing the spleen
helps sustain vitality and sense of well being; chi


Using The Medicine


        Stevia can be used as a sweetener that will offer you mild medicinal benefits, or made into even more powerful holistic medicines like teas or tinctures. A tincture is made by soaking the plant matter in high proof alcohol like everclear for at least one month. It should be stored in a cool, dark place.


The benefits of making a Stevia tincture out weight those of a standard tea. Alcohol can dissolve and extract far more alkaloids than water. Where water can not extract non-polar constituents, alcohol can. So now you can see the benefit of using alcohol extraction techniques. These tinctures can be added to whatever it is that you would like to have sweetened, or added with others in powerful healing infusions.


In alternative medicine, multiple herbs are often combined to work together in what's known as "infusions". In this type of situation, it is useful because of its ability to aid in digestion. The digestive stimulation helps other compounds from different plants to absorb into your system better. The same is so for nutrients, minerals, and other life giving compounds found in your food. Therefore, Stevia can work symbiotically with various other natural remedies, making it a great ally in your quest for health and wellness.


Sun Tea's


This section is pretty self-exlamatory. Sun tea's are tea's that are made in the sun. Who would have guessed that? This method works great for separating the oils from the S. rebaudiana (scientific name) herb. They are a powerful form of alternative medicine. It can be placed in a window seal. A tincture dropper can be used to collect the oils floating at the top. What's left below the oils is still valuable so do not discard it. Some like to add the oils and remaining liquid to their tinctures. Both the oily remains and the water will have a sugar like taste and aroma.


Concentrate Your Tincture


You can keep the top off of the Stevia tincture to allow most of it to evaporate. What this does is ensures the final product is more concentrated. This way it takes far less of the liquid to get a lot more of the medicinal value out of your holistic healing remedy. The taste can be a bit extreme, and many say that very liddle of the liquid to be needed in order to get the job done. It too can be used as a sugar alternative by simply adding a few drops to anything you'd like to taste sweet.


Why go Stevia rebaudiana over sugar?


Sugar fuels cancer. Don't take my word for it, do some research. Sugar that exist in plants is a natural or holistic form of the chemical. Processed or synthesized sugar on the other hand, is more like a free-based drug. The art of health and well-being takes all of these factors into account. One of the main suggestions by herbal practitioners for fighting cancer is to reverse excessive sugar in-take. For this, Stevia is highly recommended.


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