Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kava: Uses & Benefits (with Pictures)


Kava has a great history of its use. This botanical is famous for its effects over the mind as well as body. It has the ability to calm down our worries, anxiety and stress and promote sound sleep. Contrary to drugs, it does not harm the mental alertness. Rather it promotes the mental alertness.

Find the history of this medicinal herb, its habitat and about the plant.

Brief History Of Kava:

It was the beverage (Non-fermented) of choice of Royal families of South Pacific. It was suggested to originate in Melanesia (Vincent Leot). It grows abundantly in Polynesia.

Captain Cook, during his voyage to Pacific (1768 -71 ), was the first person to know about its diverse uses and he took its knowledge for the first time to other countries. It plays a central role in the Pacific islanders religious, social, political life – during recreational and social gatherings, divination ceremonies, kinship and chiefship rituals, official decisions and much more.

It enjoys the same prominent position as is enjoyed by peyote in some native American tribes, Coca leaves in Peru and Opium in Middle East and Asia. Natives of Vanuatu can recognize 247 varieties of P. methysticum.


 It is an indigenous plant of South Pacific islands, and now of Hawaii also.

About Kava Plant:

  • This shrub is several feet high. It has heart shaped leaves with very short spikes arising from the root of leaf-stems.
  • The stem is dichotomous.
  • The upper rhizome is starchy that has characteristic mild odor with pungent bitter taste.
  • The black variety is the commercial crop as it matures one year earlier than the black variety.
  • The white variety is the best source.

Kava Picture:

Use Kava For:

  1. As anxiolytic, tranquilizer or calming agent; in anxiety, nervous restlessness.
  2. In tension and stress.
  3. In agitated state.
  4. Weakness or fatigue with anxiety.
  5. Chronic pain with tense muscles.
  6. Read Kava related pages on Holistic-Herbalist for dosage, safety and side effects.
  7. Take one capsule or 300 mg during acute condition or once every two day. Prefer to take other anxiolytic herbs like passionflower for long term and continuous use. Alternatively you can take drops – 1.6 ml or 2 dropperfuls instead of capsule. Never exceed dosage more than twice a day for drops or capsules.
As a native Indian and an Ayurvedic holistic healer, Arjun writes in the lane of herbal healing and home remedies. Certification: BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery With Modern Medicine).

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