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WHAT IS KAVA?
Kava is much like coffee and tea and is taken in the same fashion. Kava is the root of the pepper tree that is grown only in the South Pacific Islands. After the Kava plant has reached maturity of about four years it is harvested. The roots are cleaned and dried before pounding or grinding them into a powder. The kava powder is then mixed with cold or warm water and then strained. What you are left with is a kava tea. The most effective way to consume Kava is in its powder form and taken as a tea. That is how you are able to get the most benefit from the plant and it is how the most kavalactones are released and then ingested. This is kava in its most natural and purest forms. The Native South Pacific islanders have been drinking Kava for over 3,000 years and it is used in many aspects of their culture. Kava is an important part of traditional religious and cultural ceremonies and also prepared and drank for medicinal purposes.
Kava has been praised an all natural way to find relief from anxiety, stress, insomnia, muscle pain, arthritis and a natural way to increase stamina. Kava has been highlighted on the front page of the rolling stones Magazine August of 2018 as, “Kava, inside the all-natural high that is sweeping America”.
HOW DO YOU MIX KAVA INTO A TEA?
Kava is prepared like a tea with out the high heat. Heat above 140 degrees can damage the active ingredient in kava. We suggest using luke warm water when preparing your mix. The kava root powder is added to a straining bag. Not all Kava is ground the same. You can find medium ground to finely ground Kava's on the market. Medium ground kava's can be strained with your typical strainer bags or even women's panty hose. For finely ground kava like our Fijian waka you will need a nut milk strainer or a cotton or cheese cloth strainer to prevent the pulp from getting through the holes in the strainer. Place the kava in the strainer bag then submerge in warm water to begin. Kneading required to extract the active ingredients from the root, Knead the bag in the water to releases these active ingredients will turn your water a muddy brown color. Kava does not taste good or smell great but the way it makes you feel is all worth it!
Continue kneading until the tea is brewed and coarse fibers are all that is left in your strainer ba,g about 5-7 minutes. You can dispose of the left over kava or use it again in a second mix for a weaker brew.
HOW WILL KAVA MAKE YOU FEEL?
When you drink a pure quality kava the first thing you will notice is you feel your lips and mouth go slightly numb, this is normal. There are ingredients in kava has known analgesic effects. You know you are drinking good kava when you feel the numbing effects.
While drinking kava you can feel calm and content, and some people say even euphoric. Feelings of anxiety or stress that you may have had will fade away. Kava can help you to relax after a stressful day. Your body may start to feel heavy and sleepy as you continue to drink kava.
The euphoric effects of a kava may be felt for anywhere between 1-3 hours, the stress relieving and relaxing effects can last longer. The stronger or heavier varieties of kava can have a prolonged effect of relaxation. After a few hours you can start to feel sleepy as your muscles relax and you body gets heavy. How much kava you drink will depend on how long these effects last. In a kava drinking session you can drink more than one serving. We hate to refer to kava as being similar to alcohol but in this case most people can relate to drinking wine. The more wine you drink the more you will feel the effect of the alcohol on your body. The same is true for kava with the exception of feeling tried and hung over the next day.
IS KAVA SAFE?
When Kava is consumed correctly it is very safe.
The World Health Organization’s Codex Alimentarius concluded kava has had at a 1500-year history of relatively safe use and that kava as a traditional beverage is safe for human consumption. Drinking Kava is self-limiting. If you drink too much, you will start to feel nauseous. Excessive daily continuous consumption of kava over a long periods of time can cause minor dry or itchy skin known as Kava Dermopathy. Kava Dermopathy is completely reversible, the simple solution is to take a break from drinking kava .One Study concluded kava was linked to liver damage and was later discredited for it’s bad science. Unfortunately, the spread of discredited information stemming from that study dominates online and commonly comes up in poorly researched articles. There have been only a very small number of occasions of where kava has being linked to liver damage. As with any herbal supplements or pharmaceutical there is always the possibility of an adverse reaction the risk of a consumer being allergic to the product, which is very rare. It is recommended that anyone with pre-existing liver problems do not drink kava or if you are pregnant or nursing.