Kava Preparation

Kava (Piper methysticum) (Piper: Latin for 'pepper', methysticum: Greek for 'intoxicating') is an ethnobotanical from the South Pacific. It is also known as ʻawa (Hawaii), yaqona (Fiji), and ava (Samoa). The roots of the Kava plant are used to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties. In high doses it can be very relaxing and euphoric. Kava has been used safely by the people of the south pacific for thousands of years. Kava is currently experiencing a revival as a great way to relax and enjoy life that little bit more, as well as a safe and non-addictive alternative to alcohol and sleeping pills.

Traditional Kava Preparation
The traditional way to prepare kava is to strain the kava powder in water. The strainer can be a piece of muslin cloth, cheese cloth or even a nylon stocking. Use 25 - 50 grams (2-4 tablespoons) of kava per person. Add the kava to the strainer bag and twist the top of the bag shut tightly so no kava spills out. Now plunge the kava in and out of a bowl of water. The amount of water varies depending on the strength of the brew with about 1 liter per person being a good starting point. Squeeze and plunge the strainer bag for about 10 minutes. Really get your hands to work the strainer bag and squeeze out all the psychoactive kavalactones. The kava is drunk 1/2 to 1 coconut shell at a time, usually in 1-2 gulps. Wait approx 10 minutes before having refill and repeat as desired.

Modern Kava preparation
Modern kava preparation often consists of using a blender to do the mixing for you. Add 2-4 tablespoons of kava to blender with 1-2 cups water and blend on high for 2-3 minutes. Strain and serve.You can produce a much stronger brew by blending 50 gram kava with 1 cup warm water, 1 cup milk or coconut milk and 1 tablespoon lecithin or hemp seed oil. Strain and drink. The oils in the brew help extract the psychoactive kavalactones, as well as increase absorption. To make the brew more tasty you may wish to add hot chocolate, chocolate sauce (or similar). This should be done after the straining stage.
Further Information
Buy kava online -  Online kava shop.
Kava bowls (Tanoa): Buy online.
Kava books: Kava: The Pacific Elixir, Kava - Medicine Hunting in Paradise.


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