Kava - Herbal Remedy for Anxiety

Kava KavaKava is the name of the herb that belongs to the pepper family and is native to Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. It has a history of 3000 years, when it has been used by the cultures of the Pacific Ocean.

Nowadays, Kava is known for its relaxing properties and is widely used as a herbal remedy to reduce anxiety.

History of Kava

Kava was first discovered by James Cook, an English explorer, who made three voyages to the Pacific region. According to the legend, kava roots were prepared by the virgins, who chewed them and spat into a coconut cup. Then it was used in sacred ceremonies to obtain the access to the spirit world, as well as in healing ceremonies to predict the cause of illness. This can be explained by Kava’s relaxing properties, which can be compared to the effect reached by the opium poppy. It was proved that excessive use of Kava may cause narcotic effect, including double vision.

Traditionally, Kava was widely used as a pain-killer and in treatment of nervousness.

Kava’s properties

Kava is a bitter herb that has relaxing and sedative properties and is used to manage stress, anxiety and insomnia. It produces a state of relaxation, but doesn’t affects mental alertness. Kava doesn’t cause addiction.

The effects of Kava are usually noticed within few hours.

If Kava is used in treatment of insomnia, it is suggested to take it 2-3 hours before going to bed.

Kava should not be used on a daily basis. Frequent breaks are vital.

Properties of Kava may slightly vary depending on its origin and the way it was processed. On the market Kava can be found in liquid, tincture, or capsule.

Common Use

  • remedy for nervousness and anxiety
  • stress fighter
  • natural sedative¬†
  • muscle relaxation
  • to lessen muscle aches and cramps
  • a sleep aid
  • to manage tension headaches¬†
  • relief from symptoms of PMS


  • Pregnancy
  • Lactation
  • Liver problems
  • Persons under 18 years old

Taking an overdosage may cause disorientation.

Kava is not to be used with alcohol.


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