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Kava is the common name for Piper methysticum — a member of the Piperaceae (pepper) family, making it a close relative of black pepper (Piper nigrum).

On the South Pacific Islands where kava originates, kava is used for both ceremonial and medicinal purposes — primarily for its powerful relaxing effects and its ability to alleviate stress and anxiety, helping promote all natural quality sleep.

Kava relaxes and encourages happiness with a sense of calmness and contentedness — almost as if all the problems experienced in the day-to-day have washed away.


The remarkable medicinal properties and soothing effects of kava have been part of the wisdom of Pacific islanders for centuries. Melanesians, Polynesians and Micronesian people alike grind the fresh or dry roots of this plant to prepare their traditional beverage, which is the centerpiece for solemn rituals as well as the daily social drink for many appreciative Oceanians.

The specific effects of kava depend on the cultivar, plant's potency and method of consumption. But generally speaking, kava is known as a relaxing drink with the potential to promote a sense of sociability, as well as feelings of peace and harmony without diminishing mental awareness or clarity. For many users, kava is a pleasant, refreshing and mentally uplifting drink that relieves fatigue, relaxes the body after hard work or effort, clears the mind and brings a sense of well-being.

Here are the many health benefits associated with kava:

- To alleviate the side-effects of stress

- To prepare the body for a stressful event like public speaking

- To help manage anxiety symptoms

- To uplift mood

- As an alternative to alcohol to wind down at the end of the day or relax

- To support a healthy sleep

- To aid in meditation

- For religious or spiritual ceremonies

- To relax the muscles after an injury

- To enhance creative work

- As a social beverage to share with friends or family



Step 1

Add 2-4 Tablespoons of Wakaya kava powder to 8-12oz. of cold water or liquid of choice.

Step 2

Mix or blend contents for approximately 4 minutes.

Step 3

Empty and strain through a cloth strainer if desired but not necessary.

Step 4

Chill and enjoy!