Kava has become a popular way for people in Australia to deal with their anxiety and stress in a more natural way without either resorting to excessive alcohol consumption or heavy medication. The wholesale trade of ethically sourced Kava roots has been going strong in Australia at least since the 1980s, but is gaining steam now as products get easier to prepare and more people discover this apparently wonderful addition to one’s wider diet.
But what is this stuff and what can it do for you? Why are people using kava more and making it a regular part of their lifestyle?
What is Kava?
Briefly, the kava root is a plant root native to many pacific islands, with the largest producers being Fiji and Vanuatu. In dried and/or powdered form, the root can be used to prepare a tea drink that when consumed gives the drinker a great sense of serenity and relaxation. It’s not intoxicating like alcohol, but does alter one’s mindset to make it calmer and less anxious. These effects go on for several hours, but tend not to have any kind of hangover effect when consumed in advisable quantities.
Kava Can Give You Relaxation
The first significant effect Kava can have on your life is to provide a tremendous sense of calm, serenity and anxiety-free tranquility. It’s not a miracle substance, and it won’t make your problems vanish, but it can offer a quieting of a racing mind, a relaxing of a tensed body, and a lasting-enough effect to help people enjoy an evening without being consumed with stress, or a night of deeper, more refreshing sleep.
Kava comes in many forms now, and is easier than ever to prepare. It even comes infused in ready-made drinks, making preparation unnecessary.
Kava Can Offer You Better Natural Sleep
Anxiety is a terrible force that keeps people awake and suffering at night. As dark and quiet as you make the room that you’re sleeping in, the noise of anxious voices and concerns in our mind never seems to cease. Kava can offer a brief escape from these kinds of thoughts without inducing any kind of impaired state (see next point for more) or relying on potentially dangerous sleeping medication. The sleep one enjoys while consuming kava is as natural as it comes, as is the kava root itself.
Kava Doesn’t Physically or Mentally Impair You
When feeling stressed and anxious, some people turn to vices such as cigarettes and alcohol, which in turn produce destructive addictions that can lead to liver failure and lung cancer, among other things. Consuming alcohol can seriously impair one’s physical and mental state, and that’s before you get to the health problems.
It’s not to say that there are no risks associated with kava use, especially when one begins to use it too much or to create a perpetual kava-induced state, but on the whole the lack of active chemical and artificial ingredients at least makes it less harmful than anything we now find socially acceptable.
Kava Might Help You with Pain Relief
Many who suffer from chronic pain, as well as chronic mental anguish or prolonged stress or anxiety, hesitate from going onto medications for fear of possible dependence and addiction. A fleeting glance at the opioid crisis in Australia to see why people have that very rational fear. Kava is a great alternative to harsh medication. It’s a natural product, and offers a gentler and non-aggressive approach to gaining some sense of relief from physical pain and mental suffering.
Those who are curious as to how kava products might enhance their lives should look into trying some of these products for themselves and feeling the positive impacts straight away.