Kava is a traditional drink made from the roots of Piper methysticum, a plant native to many South Pacific islands. It has been consumed in these islands for at least 3,000 years, and continues to be an important part of the culture and tradition.
There are two primary types of kava: Noble kava, which is considered safe and desirable for daily use, and two day kava, which can produce undesirable effects that last for two days. Noble kava is the only type consumed by Pacific Islanders on a routine basis and is the only kava that we offer at bounty botanicals....100% noble kava only!
Kava's effects are euphoria and a sense of wellbeing, and it has demonstrated substantial anti-anxiety, anti-insomnia, anti-spasmodic, anti-epileptic, and neuroprotective effects. The calming effects of kava come from its main active ingredients, known as kavalactones, and each strain of kava has a different composition of these steering the effects on a spectrum from heady to strong sedation.
The traditional method of preparation is water extraction, which has been safely used for over three thousand years. Making kava traditionally is simply done by placing the ground kava root in a strainer bag, filling a large bowl with room temperature water, placing the strainer with the kava in it into the bowl and kneading it well for a few minutes. The resulting liquid is then drank in large gulps with a smaller bowl in much the same way one would take shots of alcohol.