Kava

Posted by on Nov 8, 2009 in Kava Information | 2 comments

It seemed strange to have have a website named kava dot com, without a single article named “Kava” on the website!  There’s just so much to talk about in relation to this incredibly, safe, effective, and versatile herbal supplement , we seem to have missed the obvious.

Anyway, as the world gets smaller and smaller, ancient traditions once confined to particular regions are now becoming known in all corners of the globe. One very striking example of this phenomenon is the relatively recent introduction of kava to the Western world. This once-obscure herb is now being consumed by a rapidly increasing number of people, as the word spreads about the wonders of this relaxing and restorative beverage.

Kava has been used for generations by Polynesian peoples in the Pacific ocean, including Hawaii. In many of these cultures, kava use is deeply tied into religious and cultural practices; it’s a part of some formal ceremonies and rites as well as less formal social gatherings and storytelling sessions.

After experiencing the effects of a correctly-prepared kava drink, one can easily see why this benevolent herb is such an integral part of so many ancient cultures of the region: The profoundly relaxed state that ensues within just a few minutes of consuming the beverage endows the user with the calm necessary to commune with the divine, or simply with a group of friends.

While in the United States and in the rest of the Western world, kava is being used without many of its traditional trappings, it’s essentially enjoyed for the same reasons—who couldn’t use a little relaxation from time to time? Though kava is developing a significant but less formalized place in our society, its effects are universally appreciated throughout the globe.

Some in the Western world do incorporate elements of kava’s rich cultural history when consuming the root, such as the traditional kava bowl, which historically have been expertly hand-crafted out of a single piece of wood. More modern versions of this ancient kava vehicle are sometimes adorned with various carvings or inlays.

Many are finding that kava is a superior alternative to alcohol as a way to relax after a long day, and others are discovering that it has medicinal uses (which have long been known in Polynesia). These uses include inducing profoundly restful sleep in those experiencing insomnia and relieving the pain of migraine sufferers.

And as opposed to alcohol or prescription medications, kava has virtually no side effects! In fact, any longer-term effects reported by kava users tend to be positive: Increased mental clarity, a greater sense of ease, and even increased energy and ability to concentrate.

The restorative calm that kava provides leaves the user with a long-lasting sense of well-being, especially as it’s integrated into a larger set of stress management techniques. Simply taking a little time out of one’s day to reflect can do wonders for the disposition, and when this type of self-reflection is combined with kava, the benefits are felt ten-fold. Repeating this “ritual” regularly will transform even the most high-strung, stressed out individual into a well of peace and clarity.

As opposed to pharmaceuticals and various fads, kava can be trusted to deliver a true, lasting peace of mind, as it has for generations by various cultures in Polynesia. All the proof one needs can be found by examining the critical role it plays in its indigenous region. And with all of the varieties available today, from the traditional cold-water infusion to kava paste, there’s no reason not to give it a try. You won’t be disappointed!

So, enjoy your visit here; we’ve got everything from the History of Kava, as well as our favorite places to buy it, to our favorite ways to prepare it, as well as lots of great questions posed by many of our visitors, which we try to answer as quickly and as best we can.  Aloha!

2 Comments

  1. Hi there!

    I started taking kava today to relieve anxiety. However, I wonder if there’s any possibility of me developing a tolerance to it and having to increase dosage to compensate for that.

    Best regards!

  2. Dear Felipe,

    I have taken kava for several weeks at a time without a break and have not noticed a tolerance developing. Of course, everyone’s experience is different, but I haven’t heard many reports of other people developing tolerances, either.

    Best of luck!

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