Honey herb
 It turns out that there is a grass. Spanish conquistadors learned about it in the XVIII century. Once in America, they noticed that the natives add it to tea not only for fatigue or illness, but just for a taste. I learned about it recently. This herb Stevia rebaudiana.

First described this wonderful plant in 1887, the South American naturalist Antonio Bertoni. In fact, there are more than 80 varieties of stevia, but only Stevia Rebaudiana has a natural sweetness of green mass.

Stevia or honey grass - Stevia rebaudiana   - A perennial plant of the family Asteraceae. Branched shrub Stevia with fibrous, well-developed root system, paired leaves and small white flowers at the ends of the stems, reaches a height of 80 to 120 cm.

Homeland South America called stevia. The Indians of Paraguay used the leaves of stevia long before our era. In the wild Stevia rebaudiana and now grows in South and Central America. Cultivate it in the United States, Japan, China, Korea, Brazil. Stevia is grown and in the CIS, in the Crimea.

Stevia is a member of the Paraguayan yerba mate tea. In pure form, it can be bought at a pharmacy in the form of powder or herbal tea. Phyto-tea - a tea bags with crushed leaves of stevia, brew their very comfortable.

Stevia leaves are 10-15 times sweeter than regular sugar. They contain a complex substance - stevioside, which is composed of glucose, sucrose, steviol and more. Sweeter stevioside nothing in the world does not exist.

Unlike artificial sweeteners, stevia leaves, not only do not cause harm to the body, they bring a lot of benefit. Yes, the most important thing, in spite of its strong sweetness, stevia leaves, contain virtually no calories, so they treat obesity.

 Honey herb
 Medicinal properties of stevia
Stevia Leaves contain vitamins - A, B, E, C, P, PP, F, rutin, minerals - chromium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, silicon, zinc, copper, selenium ...

- Preparations of stevia have antibacterial, wound healing, tonic effect. They improve the functioning of the cardiovascular and nervous systems, the gastrointestinal tract, the liver, gallbladder, spleen, thyroid and kidneys.

- Stevia prevents the development of cancer, improves the immune system, displays the body of harmful cholesterol, heavy metals, toxins and other harmful substances.

- Stevia reduces pain and speeds healing for burns and bites of poisonous insects.

- Her infusions treat tropical ulcers even when it applied quickly and without complications postoperative scars heal.

- It is recommended for metabolic disorders, atherosclerosis, mental and physical fatigue, obesity and diabetes.

- In China, in 1990, he held the IX World Symposium on diabetes and longevity, where stevia has received a gold prize. During this symposium, doctors agreed that stevia is a very valuable medicinal and food plants, enabling people with diabetes to live a normal active life to a ripe old age.

- Silicic acid contained in the leaves of stevia helps fight various skin disorders, including dermatitis and eczema.

Stevia Beauty
Stevia is widely used in foreign cosmetics produced by the cosmetic industry. When using stevia improves the structure of hair, gray hair fades, nails become stronger, healthier teeth. In order to improve the nutrition of skin cells and slow the aging process of the skin, stevia can be used at home by buying the same herbal tea.

Regular use of masks from the infusion of stevia will have the most beneficial effect on the skin, which becomes soft, smooth, supple, smooth out fine wrinkles, and a long time there will be new.

 Honey herb
 - The infusion of stevia
1 packet of stevia pour 1 cup of incomplete (up kaёmki) boiling water, leave for 1 hour. Wet in the infusion of cheesecloth, folded in several layers and apply on face for half an hour. Once the gauze dries, you need to water it again. Wash with boiled water.

- Mask with stevia extract for dry skin
1 teaspoon of Stevia infusion mixed with half a grated apple and grated ½ teaspoon of olive oil. Apply on face for 10-15 minutes, rinse with warm water, then wash with cool.

- Mask for oily skin
1 tbsp. spoon infusion stevia mix with beaten chicken protein, applied to the skin for 10 minutes, rinse with water at room temperature.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva