Stevia, a pleasant tasting herb that is native to Paraguay, has been used daily for centuries in the diet of the Guarani Indians who called it kaa he-he, or “sweet herb”. It was “discovered” in the late 1800’s by an Italian botanist, after which it began to be cultivated on farms for use, rather than just growing wild. Gradually, stevia’s popularity spread to other South American countries, and then to Europe. In 1970, an extract of stevia was introduced in Japan and in 1988, it began to be used in numerous food products there, from ice cream and candies to pastries, soft drinks, and even toothpaste.
Stevia has no known toxicity or side-effects and, when used in whole plant form, it has often been used as a digestive aid. The leaves have been used topically as a support in fighting acne, dermatitis, eczema and other skin conditions both by the Guarani and others who are familiar with the stevia plant. Stevia leaves are known to reduce scar tissue formation as well as to promote softer, smoother skin. Anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties have been found in both the whole plant as well as the extract and because of this, both have been used topically to promote wound healing and also in mouthwashes and toothpastes to inhibit bacterial growth that can lead to cavities.
Stevia Extract has most commonly been used in tea or coffee, or in baking and cooking due to its pleasing taste.
Servings Per Container: 462
Manufactured in the USA.
FDA Disclaimer: *This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
This is such a treat to me! I absolutely love it in my morning coffee. I feel like I'm having one of those fancy coffee shop drinks without all the extra calories or chemicals :). Thank you, Beeyoutiful, for carrying this wonderful little indulgence!