Kava Kava Root Powder - Sam's Teas and Spices
Kava Kava Root Powder - Sam's Teas and Spices

Kava Kava Root Powder

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Kava Powder

Kava Kava is a traditional herb of the Pacific Islands that has a somewhat mysterious history going back over 3000 years. There are many legends about the origin of kava kava, but most are on a central theme that involves the first plant growing on the grave of someone who had been sacrificed. Drinking the traditional kava drink is thought to symbolically turn the drinker into a sacrificial victim. Kava Kava has traditionally been used and continues to flourish as a ceremonial beverage. We recall stories of Polynesian islanders sitting around in "Kava Rooms" literally becoming drunk and intoxicated with so much Kava that they fell into a stupor. New research points to Melanesia as the point of origin, maybe New Guinea or the Solomon Islands. It was first encountered by Europeans in the 18th century during the voyage of Captain Cook, who first recorded the process and ceremony in detail. According to Cooks account, the root was chewed and then pounded into mulch, which was then mixed with water to produce a brownish bitter beverage that was consumed for its psychoactive properties. Kava Kava is still used quite frequently today in the Pacific Islands during social gatherings, as well as recreationally.

Parts Used

Whole roots, with the smaller rootlets that tendril from the main shaft being higher in active compounds. Powdered root is its main form for consumption.

Benefits of Kava Kava:

Reduce Anxiety

Kava is known for it's mood elevating, relaxing effect, and is often used in order to relieve anxiety. Kavalactones, which are substances that affect the brain and central nervous system, are linked to kava's sedative effect. A study published in the "Canadian Medical Association Journal" in November of 2004 stated that, scientific evidence from randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind studies have concluded that kava is an effective treatment for anxiety. The Study recommends a dose of 100 milligrams of kava extract (standardized to contain 70 percent kavalactones) given two to three times daily.


Sleep Aid

A study published in the "Journal of Psychopharmacology" in July 2005 found that in a personal trial -- not double-blind -- in stress-induced insomnia, kava improved sleep and the combination of kava and valerian was even more effective for treating insomnia. According to MedlinePlus, kava may also be effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms in people who must stop taking sleep medicines known as benzodiazepines. People taking sedative medications should not take kava in combination with the sedatives because it may cause extreme drowsiness and slowing of reflexes.

Other Benefits

Kavalactones are linked to additional health benefits. These chemicals, which are produced from the kava root, reduce convulsions and also contain pain-relieving properties, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Kava is also used to treat attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, migraine headaches, muscle pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, urinary tract infections and certain respiratory tract infections. Kava is also applied externally for certain skin diseases to aid healing and act as a painkiller.

Typical Preparations

Pulverized or powdered root to make a milky drink, liquid herbal extract, capsule, or cut root added to decoction tea.

Drinking Kava

Extracting Kava Powder: We suggest starting with 2 teaspoons of kava powder, extracted into some form of “healthy fats” such as milk, soy milk, or coconut milk. Since the full spectrum of lactones extract into both water and fats, any of the above are a great choice for getting a potent kava drink. Our favorite method is to simply put a cup of soy milk into a blender, drop in 2 teaspoons of kava powder add some powdered cocoa, and blend it for 2 minutes or so.

Precautions:

Specific: Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before use in pregnancy or lactation, also if you have liver problems, or are taking any medications.

Not for use by persons under 18 years of age. Excessive use, or use with products that cause drowsiness, may impair your ability to operate a vehicle or dangerous equipment.