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The constituents responsible for stevia's sweetness were first documented in 1931, when eight novel plant chemicals called glycosides were discovered and named. Of these eight glycosides, one called stevioside is considered the sweetest—and has been tested to be approximately 300 times sweeter than sugar.* For more information about stevia (Stevia rebaudiana), please refer to the Database File for Stevia in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of stevia, click here.Traditional Uses:* as a natural sweetener; for diabetes; for high blood pressure; for cavity prevention; as a weight loss aid Suggested Use: This plant is best prepared as an infusion (tea). Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb in cup and allow to steep 10 minutes. Strain tea (or allow settled powder to remain in the bottom of cup) and drink warm. It is traditionally taken in 1/2 cup amounts, 3-4 times daily. This plant can be added to other herbs or beverages, stuffed into capsules, or simply stirred into water or juice. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal infusions, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.