|Most Common Name:|| Kava
|Botanical Name:|| Piper
Methysticum N.O. Piperacea|
Known As (other names):|| Kawa, Ava, Intoxicating
Pepper, Ava Pepper, Kava Root|
Indigenous to Polynesia, Australian Colonial islands, South Sea Islands and
the Sandwich Islands this herb has been part of these tribe's ceremonial customs
for thousands of years.
For ceremonial purposes a drink was prepared by a
number of people chewing the root of this plant (Kava Root), spitting the
masticated herb into a bowl, diluting the pulp with water or coconut milk and
straining to get the famous drink, which was then consumed during the ceremony.
As the process of preparing must inevitably result in some absorption of the
narcotic one must assume that these ceremonies start in pretty relaxed fashion.
of preparing vary from region to region. some tribes pound the root instead of
chewing, some also use the leaves and others ferment Kava Kava into a mildly
alcoholic beverage. Although some tribes used Kawa for ceremonial purposes only,
many used it for recreational and medicinal purposes.
Kava Kava is a
stimulant that is intoxicating. Care should be taken if Kava kava is used as an
anti-fatigue tonic as the narcotic effect of this potent herb will also inhibit
judgement and balance.
used for, or in treatment of:
| Powdered Root||Capsules||Liquid
|Tablets||Solid Extract|| |
(i.e. what has been reported to be in this herb):
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