I like to use stevia as a natural sweetener. It is nice to have a chemical free sweetener that is even sweeter than sugar. I like to buy the stevia extract at my local health food store.
There are also many other things you can use from the stevia tree that many people are not as familiar with.
Stevia has antibacterial properties that can help promote healing of cuts. When I was doing some research on stevia, I also found out that this ingredient is used in a lot of skin care creams because it also helps with acne.
Another thing I found most interesting is that stevia is also used in some shampoos to help slow down your hair turning gray and to help with an itchy scalp.
I think we will be hearing a lot more about stevia in addition to the alternative to sugar. There are so many helpful things that can be used from the leaf of a stevia tree!