Kava is an evergreen shrub with a long history of use in the Polynesian islands in the South Pacific, its native home. It grows to a height of ten feet and has heart shaped leaves, but the roots are what are normally used in medicine. They are bitter, aromatic, pungent, and have a numbing effect in the mouth. Kava has been used in Polynesian herbal medicine for at least 3,000 years. It is said to enhance memory, mental acuity, and sensory perception. Kava can have a very mild sedative and euphoric effect. It is used in social and ceremonial settings. It is often used to greet guests, enhance communication in business agreements, or settle disputes because of its ability to induce a state of relaxation and goodwill among reconciling parties. When Captain James Cook landed on Tahiti in 1768, the native Tahitians greeted him with kava kava. A cup of wild harvested kava kava is the perfect way to unwind!
Warning: CAUTION: US FDA advises that a potential risk of rare, but severe, liver injury may be associated with Kava. Consult a health care practitioner before use, and if taking any medications. Discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur. Not for use by persons under 18 years of age, with alcoholic beverages, or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Excessive use, or use with products that cause drowsiness, may impair your ability to operate a vehicle or dangerous equipment.
Note: This item cannot be shipped to South Africa.
Type: Piper Methysticum
Temp: 212 F / 100 C
Steeping Time: 5 – 10 minutes
Measure: 1 – 2 teaspoon per cup
Taste: Calming, smooth richness with a mild bitterness, slight numbing effect.
Benefits: May help urinary tract infections, prostate inflammation, anxiety, stress, depression, low libido, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, relax muscles, pain, reduce blood clotting, calm the heart and respiration, and toothaches. Experts caution Kava use should be avoided for young children, if you are pregnant, or if you have certain liver or neurological conditions, and it should not be mixed with alcohol or other drugs or medications. Kava has a very mild sedative and euphoric effect.
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