Many people have had the experience of starting their day off on the “wrong foot.” It could have happened when you couldn’t start your car for work or your child couldn’t find his report or his missing shoe, and he ended up being late for school. Whatever the cause of the stressful beginning of your day, you may wish to take something to help alleviate the effects of that stress. Not everyone is comfortable with, or has access to, anti-anxiety medication. But perhaps there is a natural substance that can at least take the edge off of your stress. That substance is Kava.
Kava is a native plant of the South Pacific, the root of which is used for medicinal purposes. Kava has long played a role in the lives of the inhabitants of the Pacific islands. It has been used in various ceremonies, rituals and social gatherings, and continues to be used today.
It is often prepared in tea form to help lessen the effects of depression, anxiety and mild pain, and has been said to promote a sense of well being and happiness. Although the effects of taking Kava have been disputed, there are a variety of products on the market which contain this herb.
Kava tea is one such product. It is recommended that an eight ounce teabag be steeped in water for five to ten minutes. If more relaxation is desired, two teabags should be used. Three to four cups can be taken throughout the day.
Powdered Kava Root
The recommended dosage of kava root powder is ½ teaspoon one to three times a day for relaxation and relief of fatigue and insomnia.
Kava Root Extract
For those who dislike tea, or who wish to take a more convenient form of Kava, there is Kava root extract. Kava root extract can come in capsule, liquid or tablet form. It is suggested that 150 to 300 mg be taken up to three times daily. As with any supplement, it is advised that you follow the dosage recommendations contained on the package.
These are just a few of the products that contain Kava. Kava can also come in a variety of other forms such as paste, elixirs and chips. Whatever your individual preference, you are likely to find a form of Kava to suit your taste.
Although Kava has been shown to be quite effective in relieving stress, it is recommended that you educate yourself about its possible side effects. If you have had liver problems, frequent use of alcohol or are taking other medications, you may wish to contact your healthcare professional prior to use. It is generally believed that short term use of Kava is safe, and that the benefits outweigh its risks.