Herbs - Medicinal Plants
What is the Stevia rebaudiana?
Stevia rebaudiana is a shrub that grows about 30 cm high, with composite wrapped flowers with sessile leaves 3-4 cm long, the whole plant is intensely sweet.
It is indigenous to Paraguay where it is known by “sweetleaf” or “sugarleaf”.
Active ingredients containing in Stevia are:
Diterpene glucosides, particularly stevioside (4-10%), rebaudioside (2-4%).
Volatile oils, mainly nerolidol and caryophyllene
Flavonoids: quercetin, apigenin, austroinulin.
Stevia rebaudiana is intensely sweetener (the stevioside is 200-300 times sweeter than
Mild osmotic laxative. Slightly hypoglycemic and hypotensive, antibacterial.
It is indicated for constipation and as a sugar substitute for diabetics.
It has no known contraindications on the recommended doses. It is recommended as a sweetener.
Infusion of Stevia: one teaspoon per cup. One or two cups a day.