Kava is traditionally consumed as a beverage.To make kava, kava root is chewed, pounded or ground into a pulp and placed into a porous sack (like muslin). The sack is then submerged into a bowl filled with cold water and continuously squeezed, eventually resulting in a milky-green beverage. No additional flavoring is added to the beverage, which is intended to be consumed quickly after its production.
Kava is still consumed in this fashion on South Pacific Islands such as Vanuatu and Fiji, as well as Hawaii. Kava bars that serve the kava drink have also popped up in a handful of areas in the continental United States. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to prepare some of the more modern forms of kava.
How To Prepare Kava
Unless you live in, or visit, any of the locations we mentioned, you likely do not have access to fresh kava root. Luckily, there are many other forms of kava you can buy online in order to enjoy kava’s many benefits. We’ll discuss a few popular options below.
Dried Kava Root Powder
Dried kava root powder (or powdered kava root) is the closest kava product available to fresh kava root. This form of kava is prepared in the traditional fashion to make a kava drink, so you will need to learn the proper measurements—typically three or four parts water to one part kava—and you will need to purchase a muslin bag or other cloth strainer. Of all the forms of kava available, root powder takes the longest to prepare.
If you are interested in drinking kava but don’t have all the time in the world to prepare it, instant kava may be a good fit for you. Instant kava does not require any steeping or straining; just mix it in water or other beverages and enjoy!
When purchasing instant kava, be sure to get a mix that has kava root extract, not just kava root, as kava extraction is how you’ll gain access to kava’s beneficial kavalactones. Also, be sure you do not mix the instant kava into a beverage that is too hot, as kavalactones are destroyed at temperatures above 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Kava capsules are among the most convenient forms of kava available. Just like with instant kava, you want to make sure you purchase kava capsules that are made with extracted kava. Kava capsules come in various potencies, which allows you to determine for yourself what strength of kava you would like to take. However, determining the appropriate strength is sometimes difficult for new kava users.
The main drawback of kava capsules is that they do not have the same benefits of pure kava. Our bodies consume kavalactones through the mucous membranes like those inside of the mouth. Capsules bypass these and other mucous membranes entirely on their way down into your stomach so they do not offer the fast relief that other forms of kava offer.
Kava sprays offer the same convenience of kava capsules, as well as the quick relaxing feeling that results from drinking dried kava root or instant kava. Simply spray 5-15 times directly under your tongue and allow it to absorb for 15 seconds. Kava sprays come in small bottles that are easy to grab-and-go, and they can be used discreetly in the workplace or other public settings.
Kava sprays also contain other natural ingredients that deliver relaxing effects similar to those produced by kava. In addition to these forms of kava, kava is also offered as a paste, gum, strips and candy. The kava market is growing exponentially, so be sure to keep your eye out for new forms of kava.
What’s the Best Form of Kava for Me?
Determining which form of kava you should try depends largely upon why you are interested in using kava in the first place. For example, if you are looking for a fun, natural way to unwind with friends in the privacy of your home, perhaps you should try dried kava root powder to create a more traditional drink. If you are interested in fast relief from anxiety and stress in everyday situations, kava sprays like 1Hour Break are likely the best fit.
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