Herb meanings and uses A-Z: Kava Kava, anxiety-reducing and uplifting energy

kava kava

Kava kava, which grows natively in the Pacific Islands, has been used throughout time to quell anxiety. The herb promotes relaxation, reduces stress, eases muscle tension, and thus allows the body to heal.

The plant’s roots contain substances called Kavalactones, known to have mild anesthetic effects. This lends itself well to medicine, as it can soothe pain, prevent inflammation, and promote calm.

When applied topically, Kava Kava mends open wounds and lassurations. It accelerates the physical repair process, encouraging blood flow to the area while diminishing discomfort. Kava Kava addresses tooth aches and sore throats if administered around the mouth.

If ingested in beverages or food, Kava Kava benefits the stomach and digestive tract by alleviating instestinal/stomach complaints. Its roots are traditionally chewed, aiding digestion, but can be ground into powder as well. Kava Kava’s bitter flavor may dissuade some users, but is easily masked. Commonly brewed into tea, Kava Kava’s taste becomes pleasant when mixed with water. Today, the herb is featured in chocolates, smoothies, chips, and desserts.

Kava Kava gently induces euphoria, elevating mood without altering consciousness. It eliminates feelings of insecurity and fear, replacing them with tranquil contentment. Revered for its ability to simultaneously ground and uplift the user, this herb is a perfect contradiction; Kava Kava maintains serenity despite its energizing properties.

For some lively relaxation, try brewing:

  1. Kava Kava (root, cut or powdered)
  2. Herbal tea of choice (Rooibos is a nice option with creamy flavor)


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