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For centuries, the people of the Southern Pacific Islands have used Kava as a social and medicinal ceremonial tonic to relax the mind and calm the spirit. Kava is derived from the root of the pepper plant, Piper Methysticum, and can be consumed as a drink, a dietary supplement or chewed. The most popular as of late is the Kava beverage, with tea and herb houses beginning to carry the powder as well as manufacturing their own beverage.

You can even make your own Kava at home and the process is a lot simpler than you think. You only need a little time, patience and a few basic kitchen items and soon you too will be enjoying the calming effects of this special tincture in the comfort of your own home.

Finding Your Kava

The first step to tackle when making your own Kava is choosing the right variety. Similar to the coffee bean, Kava varies in strength. Certain derivatives from such places as Polynesia or Fiji tend to grow the strongest Kavas. You can also regulate the strength by amount, so for weaker Kava use less powder and for a stronger Kava use more powder and less water. But typically the ratio is one tablespoon to one cup of water. You can also add almond, rice or coconut milk to give it a more creamy taste, but be sure to keep the powder to liquid ratio the same.

Mixing Up Kava Powder

Using the powder form is the easiest, and you can purchase kava root powder at many different stores online. It’s as simple as mixing the powder with water or milk and stirring until it’s completely blended. You can even use a blender to ensure you’ve gotten all the powder clumps out.

Next you’ll want to strain out the kava using a tea strainer or a cheesecloth. This makes the drink smoother and more pleasing to drink. You can drink the beverage hot or iced, and the iced variety will last up to three days chilled in the refrigerator.

You can add flavor to your kava beverage by adding, honey, vanilla or even some pieces of ginger or citrus. Either way, when it’s time to drink your tasty concoction, remember to drink slowly. This allows the lactones in the kava to absorb directly into the mucus membranes of your mouth for faster effects. Some even suggest holding a sip or two in your mouth for 30 seconds before swallowing.

Traditional Kava Ceremonies

There is also a more traditional method in kava preparation that is used in ceremonies in the South Pacific. It is done by using ground Kava root in a cloth bag or dish towel and placing the bag in a bowl with a quart of water. Tie up the bag and then knead the bag with your fingers until the water begins to turn a milky brown color and becomes slightly foamy. The process could take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes and once done, pour off the liquid for consumption. The final result could taste a little like chocolate milk! Yum!

However you go about preparing this beneficial beverage, try visiting a local Kava store or Kava farm so that you can learn first hand the history and benefits of the miracle root.

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