Smoking is the worst habit one can have, and it’s definitely the addiction you need to treat as soon as possible.
Smokers have hard times giving up on their cigarettes, and this is considered as a withdrawal phase that’s often accompanied with terrible discomfort.
Yet, a recent German study showed that Stevia can be of great help in the avoidance of alcohol and cigarettes. This plant is a member of the chrysanthemum family and is native to Paraguay. It has been used as a sweetener for long. Stevia inhibits the cravings and the signals the brain sends.
It is also beneficial in the treatment of hypertension, diabetes and obesity. Some use it to nourish and tighten their skin or treat dermatitis.
Grow your own stevia
Stevia loves warm weather, and it survives in zones 9 and warmer. Sometimes it grows back in spring. When grown properly, it can also survive in zone 8.
Plant your stevia in 12-inch containers and always use high-quality soil. Keep it in direct sunlight, and water it only when you notice that the soil is dry.
The plant should have about 18 inches space, and it needs well-drained, loamy, and loose soil. Sometimes it grows 1-2 feet high. Plant your stevia at the end of the frost.
Use mulch in summer days to prevent drying. The plant will rot in soggy soil, so make sure you provide a nice drainage system.
Trim off nay flowers in fall to boost the leaves. Stevia flowers are white. The leaves reach their sweetest level in autumn, right before the blooming phase.
Dry your stevia leaves as you do with other plants. Avoid metal surfaces, and dry the leaves in the sun. This should take about a day.
Keep your dried stevia leaves in a container, and you can also crush them into fine powder.