Folk medicine has long paid attention to the grass stevia, using it in decoctions and infusions for the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Also stevia is an indispensable component for people who have decided to lose weight, but do not want to give up sweets.

Use stevia

The grass is often used to sweeten foods, as it is 25 times sweeter than sugar and has low calories. In addition, stevia reduces blood sugar levels, so it is recommended for use for people suffering from diabetes.

Taking decoctions and infusions of stevia can significantly improve your health if you have problems with the liver and gallbladder functionality. The herb has a positive effect on the whole gastrointestinal tract and protects the system from pathogenic microorganisms.

Stevia contains large amounts of selenium, zinc, chromium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, silicon and copper. Some sweeteners lose their quality, subjected to heating. In contrast, decoctions and infusions of stevia retain the useful substances. Side effects from taking stevia were observed.

How to take stevia

To prepare an infusion of stevia, you need to brew in a Cup of boiling water teaspoon of dry leaves of grass. The steeping time is 10-15 minutes. It is recommended to add in all the dishes using sugar in the process of their preparation. Keep the infusion can be 2 days in the refrigerator.

Unlike infusion, decoction of stevia preferably used immediately after preparation. 20 grams dried leaves of the herb placed in 250 ml of boiling water and continue to boil for 50 minutes. Strain the broth and add as needed in dishes requiring sugar. The leaves, remaining after boiling, you can add in tea and coffee.

20 grams of dry stevia pour 200 ml of ethyl alcohol. Container tightly closed and placed in a warm place. A day later, the extract was filtered and placed in a water bath, uparima until thick. The resulting syrup can be added to pastries, tea, coffee, to use as a sweetener.

Stevia possesses remarkable anti-inflammatory effect. Therefore, its fresh leaves applied to small wounds and burns. When gum disease can be an application from the leaves to the sore place. Fresh grass is used for making decoctions and infusions that are healthier cooked with dried leaves.