Bulk Kava Kava Root Cut & Sifted

Piper methysticum
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Kava Kava Root Cut & Sifted

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Kava, also called kava kava, is a plant related to black pepper that is native to the islands of the western Pacific.

Native peoples in the region have used the root of the kava kava to make a traditional ceremonial beverage known as the "drink of peace." The process of preparing this beverage involves "clearing" the raw material in a ritual called milolua, a practice that began in Vanuatu more than 3,000 years ago and gradually spread to Polynesia, Fiji and, eventually, to the west.

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approximate cups to one pound7
active compoundsKavalactone
plant part usedroot
processingcut & sifted

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general guidelines and tips

storage tips Store the kava kava root plant in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaWoody with an earthy scent.


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cosmeticInfuse in alcohol or water to make tinctures and oils for topical use.
culinaryUse in tea blends.
safetyDo not take large doses of this herb. Avoid kava if you have a history of liver disease.

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Has a strong, sharp and sour taste. Blend with other botanicals to improve palatability.

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Kava kava root 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.

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”.

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