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Stevia Leaf Powder - Organic


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Stevia is a natural herb native to South America. It is a small shrub like perennial plant which belongs to sunflower (Asteraceae) family. Stevia has been in wide use in South America, Japan, and many other parts of the world.

The Guarani Indians had known for centuries about the unique advantages of kaa he-he (a native term which translates as “sweet herb”) — long before the invaders from the Old World were lured by the treasures of the New. These native people knew the leaves of the wild stevia shrub have a sweetening power unlike anything else; they commonly used the leaves to enhance the taste of bitter medicinal potions. The widespread native use of stevia was chronicled by the Spaniards in historical documents preserved in the Paraguayan National Archives in Asuncion. Historians noted that indigenous peoples had been sweetening potions with stevia leaves since ancient times. By the 1800s, daily stevia consumption had become well entrenched throughout the region — not just in Paraguay, but also in neighboring Brazil and Argentina.

Dr. Moises Santiago Bertoni, director of the College of Agriculture in Asuncion, first learned of what he described as “this very strange plant” from Indian guides while exploring Paraguay’s eastern forests in 1887. It was 12 years before he was presented with tangible evidence — a packet of stevia fragments and broken leaves received from a friend who had gotten them from the mate plantations in the northeast. He subsequently announced his discovery of the “new species” in a botanical journal published in Asuncion.

Bertoni’s discovery was a turning point for stevia in one very real sense. Whereas prior to 1900 it had grown only in the wild, with consumption limited to those having access to its natural habitat, it now became ripe for cultivation. In 1908, a ton of dried leaves was harvested, the very first stevia crop. Before long, stevia plantations began springing up, a development that corresponded with a marked reduction in the plant’s natural growth area due to the clearing of forests by timber interests and, to an extent, the removal of thousands of stevia plants for transplantation. Consequently, its use began to increase dramatically, both in and beyond Latin America.

Three years later, stevia was presented to the USDA by American Trade Commissioner George S. Brady as a “new sugar plant with great commercial possibilities.” Brady took note of its nontoxicity and its ability to be used in its natural state, with only drying and grinding required. He also conveyed the claims that it was “an ideal and safe sugar for diabetics.”

Within the next couple of decades, however, the enterprising Japanese had discovered just how useful stevioside really was. The Japanese either banned or strictly regulated artificial sweeteners during the 1960s, consistent with a popular movement away from allowing chemicals in the food supply. They soon discovered the ideal replacement for both sugar and its synthetic substitutes: refined stevia extracts.

In addition to demonstrating stevia’s nearly instant popularity in locales far removed from its native habitat, Japan’s experience proved several other significant facts about this phenomenal plant: its adaptability and its safety. Adaptability was proven through the discovery that the plant could be grown throughout most of this temperate island nation, albeit under special hothouse conditions. Studies were even initiated to evaluate the substitution of stevia for rice under cultivation in some areas. Stevia’s safety was proven through extensive scientific testing.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Stevia Leaf Powder may include:

  • A natural sweetener
  • May support healthy blood sugar levels
  • May support healthy blood pressure levels
  • May support those with diabetes
  • May support healthy skin
  • May possibly have antibacterial properties


Constituents of Stevia Leaf include:

  • Phytochemicals: Apigenin, Austroinulin, Avicularin, Beta-sitosterol, Caffeic acid, Campesterol, Caryophyllene, Centaureidin, Chlorogenic acid, Chlorophyll, Cosmosiin, Cynaroside, Daucosterol, Diterpene glycosides, Dulcosides A-B, Foeniculin, Formic acid, Gibberellic acid, Gibberellin, Indole-3-acetonitrile, Isoquercitrin, Isosteviol, Jhanol, Kaempferol, Kaurene, Lupeol, Luteolin, Polystachoside, Quercetin, Quercitrin, Rebaudioside A-F, Scopoletin, Sterebin A-H, Steviol, Steviolbioside, Steviolmonoside, Stevioside, Stevioside a-3, Stigmasterol, Umbelliferone, Xanthophylls.


This product is 100% natural and minimally processed. Taste, smell, texture, and color may vary from batch to batch.

Suggested Use: Mix 1/2 teaspoon with recipes, tea, yogurt or add to your favorite smoothie.

Botanical Name: Stevia rebaudiana.

Other Names: Sweet Leaf, Sugar Leaf, Sweet Honey Leaf, Rebiana, Candy Leaf, Yaa waan, Caa-he-ee, Kaa jhee, Ervadoce, Sweet herb, Honey Yerba.

Parts Used: Stevia Leaf.

Ingredients: Raw Stevia Leaf.

Origin: Grown and dried in India. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.

Certifications: Certified USDA Organic.

How to Maintain Optimum Freshness:

  • This product is packaged in airtight stand-up,resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness.
  • Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency.
  • Keep this product in a cool, dark, dry place.
  • This product is natural and minimally processed.
  • Taste, smell, texture, and color may vary from batch to batch. Go here to learn why our products may naturally vary.

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Consistently good for years.

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