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Kava Kava Root

Kava Kava Root

124,270.00 Incl. VAT

  • 450g
  • USDA Organic
  • Non GMO

 

 

NB: The line of organic RARE HERBS offered by Organic Shoppe are guaranteed to be fresh, colorful, and fragrant.
Because we source the majority of our herbs and spices directly from selected growers, the Herbs in this category of RARE HERBS are delivered between 6-8 WEEKS after order has been placed and payment confirmed by organic shoppe.
We import our organic herbs and spices directly from trusted organic farmers around the world who are inspected annually by a third-party, independent certifying agency.

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Description

Kava kava is a traditional herb native to the Pacific Islands where it has been used as a social and ceremonial drink, and for its healthful properties. 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.

Kava kava grows in the Pacific Islands with finite boundaries. Climate pressures and an increasing global demand have steadily increased the cost. While we try to keep our prices as low as possible, we have had to recently raise our kava kava pricing. We will continue to watch the market closely and adjust our prices accordingly.

Kava kava is a traditional herb of the Pacific Islands that has a fascinating and somewhat mysterious history going back over 3000 years. There are many folk tales about the origin of kava kava, but most rely on a central theme that involves the first plant growing on the grave of someone who had been sacrificed. Drinking the traditional kava drink is thought to symbolically turn the drinker into a sacrificial victim. Kava kava has traditionally been used and continues to flourish as a ceremonial beverage. We recall stories of Polynesian islanders sitting around in “Kava Rooms” literally becoming drunk and intoxicated with so much kava that they fell into a stupor. Due to the lack of written records in the Pacific Islands, historians have postulated that this ceremony may have originated somewhere on the Asian sub-continent, perhaps even with the Chinese tea ceremony. New research points to Melanesia as the point of origin, maybe New Guinea or the Solomon Islands. It was first encountered by Europeans in the 18th century during the voyage of Captain Cook, who first recorded the process and ceremony in detail. According to Cooks account, the root was chewed and then pounded into mulch, which was then mixed with water to produce a brownish bitter beverage that was consumed for its psychoactive properties. Kava kava is still used quite frequently today in the Pacific Islands during social gatherings, as well as recreationally.

Kava kava promotes natural relaxation and helps in coping with stress.*

Tom Harrison, in his book “Savage Civilization” (1937) said that “You cannot hate with kava in you”, and whether that is true or not, Pacific Islanders have for centuries used Kava to calm nerves and help with relaxation. It can be highly sedative and has been known to numb certain body parts of the body. Typically safe in controlled amounts and it makes a fine evening drink with no documented or substantiated side effects. It is considered safe by the German E Commission.

The kava kava offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is the Borugu variety. Piper methysticum is a member of the Piperaceae family and also goes by the names of awa, kava pepper, and yangona.

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