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Kava Kava Root // Piper methysticum

Kava Kava Root // Piper methysticum

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Kava Kava Root

Botanical Name: Piper methysticum

Other names: Coral flower

Kava is a tropical plant in the pepper family with a long history of use in the South Pacific. Traditionally, the herb is prepared by chewing the raw root to permit alkaline salivary enzymes to extract the plant’s active constituents, which are then spit into a bowl and diluted with water to produce a ceremonial beverage called milolua.  Piper methysticum’s history of use spans at least three thousand years. Today, herbalists enjoy the plant as an ally to support natural relaxation. Kava kava root is typically prepared as a decoction and can also be used in tincturing.

The active compounds in kava are a group of acids collectively referred to as kavalactones. Because these agents have an effect on the central nervous system, the herb is known as the “peace plant” and is typically enjoyed at the end of the day by Pacific Islanders. Its botanical name, which was designated by the botanist who traveled on the first ship Captain James Cook sailed to the region, translates to “intoxicating pepper”.

Do not take large doses of this herb. Avoid kava if you have a history of liver disease.


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*The specifications for this product do not give nutritional information as they are botanical herbs used for ayurvedic purposes.

*Not for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take medications, please consult with your doctor before use.

*Store away from children. Use only as directed on label. Safety-sealed for your protection. Keep bottle capped at all times and store in a cool, dry place.

*The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional. 

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