Kava, otherwise known as Piper Methysticum or kava-kava, is a root that is found on the south pacific islands of Tonga, Hawaii, the Samoas, Fiji and Vanuato where it has been used for centuries in ceremonies and for its medicinal properties.
Use of Kava promotes general feelings of calm and tranquility, which can help to relieve stress and significantly reduce social anxiety. Other Kava benefits include reduction in restlessness, alleviation of sleeplessness, and pain relief. With the proper Kava dosage, one can continue daily activities as usual with a sharp mind intact.
Place 5 or 6 cubes of ice into a blender and then fill the blender with 10 to 15 ounces of water. Now add a splash of your favorite fat containing liquid, such as coconut milk or cow’s milk; kavalactones are only fat soluble, so this will help to make your Kava drink more potent. The next step is to mix 2-4 heaping tablespoons of Kava powder and blend for 3-5 minutes. The resulting liquid should be strained into a large bowl using your preferred strainer. We’ll want to go one step further and extract kavalactones from the last bit of sediment for maximum potency, drinkability, and taste. Strain one more time using a tea cloth. When all of the liquid has passed through the cloth and into another bowl, the remaining kava sediment inside the cloth should be squeezed vigorously (with clean hands or rubber gloves) in the liquid. Now your Kava drink is ready. Please note that this recipe would produce several servings of Kava. Enjoy!
An instruction video for preparation can also be found below.
Kava Side Effects:
Kava should not be used by persons under the age of 18. One should consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if pregnant, nursing or taking prescription drugs. Excessive Kava consumption may impair ability to drive or operate heavy equipment. Kava is not recommended for consumption with alcoholic beverages.