Kava kava(Piper methysticum) is a plant, native to the Pacific Islands, which has been used for centuries as an aid in religious, social, and political decision making, cultural events and native ceremonies. Polynesian culture holds respect for the plant and place great importance is placed on its medicinal and spiritual power. Kava is traditionally used to create a sense of oneness, unifying the energy of those sharing the drink.
Kava produces a sense of well being, calmness, relaxation, clear thinking and alertness, and increases sociability. It has a dual effect of grounding the physical body and easing physical anxiety thus increasing focus and awareness in the mind. Kavas effects are short lived with no “come down” and it does not cause drowsiness or impair judgement. Beneficial residual effects can be felt for up to two days after use, such as mental clarity, alertness, motivation, patience, and ease of acceptance. Another great aspect about Kava is that it can be used by virtually anyone- whether being used ceremonially, medicinally, socially, or simply to relax!
This sacred root has a broad range of healing benefits. Kava, when in a ceremony setting, is used to obtain spiritual inspiration and connectedness with oneself and others. Unifying the energy of those partaking. Kava is also used medicinally to relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, menopause, asthma, fatigue, physical pain, UTI, and is a natural diuretic. Since Kava is all-natural and non-addictive (Ohana Kava is also 100% Organic), it is preferred over prescribed medications because of the absence of side effects such as lethargy and confusion, which are common in pharmaceutical drugs used to treat these symptoms. Although there are kava capsules, tinctures have more of an “on the spot” effectiveness for stressful, or anxious situations. Those who should not use Kava are women who are pregnant or nursing, children. Those taking anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication should not use kava regularly until consulting a doctor.