12. Candyleaf (Stevia rebaudiana)
- Medicinal Use: Cavities, High Blood Pressure
You can find the Candyleaf plant in South America, usually in Brazil and Paraguay. People often call it the Candyleaf due to some of the properties being in alternative sweeteners. In fact, one can buy several sweetener products under the name “Stevia” all over the world.
Due to being a great sugar substitute, it’s likely helpful in weight loss as people switch from sugar. It also does not possess Streptococcus mutans bacteria, which is a major cause of tooth cavities. Thereby using it over sugar can prevent cavities. Certain glycosides within the plant dilate blood vessels and cause more urine flow, making it useful for high blood pressure.