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For years, chamomile tea has been a light sleeper’s staple. It’s warm and floral in taste, with a mild soothing effect that can help you drift off a little faster than usual.

Then there’s kava.

Kava is like chamomile on steroids. This muddy-tasting little root comes from the Pacific Islands, where people have used it for centuries as everything from a pain reliever to a ceremonial drink. A potent anxiety reliever, kava offers a non-alcoholic way to wind down at the end of the day, especially if you’re working late or you have trouble falling asleep.

The secret lies in kavalactones, the psychoactive parts of the kava plant. The kavalactones in a cup of kava tea, or a few drops of kava extract, can put you into a rare state of relaxed focus. Here are a few ways you can use them to your advantage.

Kava Kava is an herbal remedy that’s made from the roots of Piper methysticum – a type of plant found in the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Its name literally means “intoxicating pepper.” People who live on Pacific islands like Fiji and Tonga have used it for hundreds of years in social gatherings and traditional medicine. They dry out the roots or crush them into a powder. Then they add water and drink the mixture.

How’s It Used?
Kava kava (“kava” for short) contains substances called kavapyrones. They act much like alcohol on your brain, making you feel calm, relaxed, and happy. The plant is also thought to relieve pain, prevent seizures, and relax muscles.

You can buy it as an herbal supplement online and in health food stores. It’s available in capsules, tablets, or tinctures (that means it’s dissolved in alcohol).

Is it Safe?
Doctors aren’t sure how much kava you can take safely. If your doctor gives you the okay, use the smallest possible dose. Don’t take it for longer than 3 months, and avoid drinking alcohol while you’re using it.

The most important health benefits of kava root include its ability to reduce anxiety, help in weight loss goals, prevent premature aging, help quit smoking, reduce menopause symptoms, aid sleep, relax muscles, prevent headaches, and protect the kidneys.

How Kava Makes You Feel
To get the best effects from drinking, Kava is best consumed on an empty stomach. Here’s what to expect when you drink Kava for the first time:

First, it’s common for your lips to become numb. Some people enjoy this sensation while others dislike it. The numbness that is part of kava effects is normal and can last for a few minutes.

The way Kava makes me feel is great. Induces clarity of the mind, sort of feels like I’m sitting in a warm bath in heaven in a little slice of paradise.

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And yet it’s banned in Europe as it causes liver damage when used even for short periods of time.


Water-Based Kava Extract
Lucie Rychetnik and Christine M. Madronio reviewed articles published between 1987 and 2008 that examined the effects of drinking kava extracts produced by soaking kava root in water. Their findings appeared in the January 2011 issue of “Drug and Alcohol Review.” Obtaining a kava drink by soaking the roots in water is the traditional way of getting the extract in South Pacific cultures. Two studies they reviewed did not support that this aqueous form of kava causes liver damage. One study, published in September 2003 in the “European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology” found elevated levels of the liver enzyme gamma glutamyl transferase in heavy drinkers of kava, but researchers noted that the presence of this enzyme did not mean there was any liver damage. The other study, published in the “Journal of Toxicology-Clinical Toxicology” in October 2003, also found that consuming water-based extracts of kava did not cause liver damage.

Since it’s banned in several countries I don’t think we should be advocating it on here.