Net wt. 50 grams
Dietary Supplement Directions:
Place Kava in filter sock (stocking or tea bag). Place in 1/2 gallon of your favorite beverage and knead it until the kava inside the filter sock feels like sand. The beverage will be strong. Drink and enjoy responsibly.
WARNING: Do not use this product (KAVA) and drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. Use of this product by persons under 18 prohibited. This product is not for sale where prohibited by law.
Kava was used throughout Oceania to calm nerves, cause relaxation and sleep, fight fatigue. It was drank to unclog urinary tracts, to lose weight, relieve asthma and rheumatism. Drinking kava is thought to be good for headaches, cramps, and to cure syphilis and gonorrhea. Many islanders believe kava to restore strength, to soothe stomach pains and to cure such ailments as boils.
In addition to drinking the pounded root, some people use kava leaves. Fumigation with the leaves is believed to treat general illnesses.
Macerated kava as well as external application of the masticated kava stump are other methods of cure, although drinking it in the traditional way is the most popular method of cure.
When Europeans first made contact with the Pacific islands in the early 18th century, they found kava to play a central role in the islanders’ religious, political and social life (Lebot, 1992: 1). The natives chewed or pounded the root and mixed it with water to produce a brownish, often bitter brew, which they then consumed for its psychoactive properties. Captain Cook’s voyage to the Pacific in 1768-1771 may have produced the first account of white man encountering the plant and its consumption in sacred ceremonies. A number of writers and scholars have since described this plant and its properties, giving various theories of origin and explanations of use. Many writings examine the cultural role of kava. Questions such as how kava is affected by the introduction and use of alcohol, the commercialization and appropriation of kava and its use in foreign cultures are some issues that are of interest.
Kava is so prevalent in Oceania that it can be seen as the one item in the Pacific peoples’ material culture that connects them across thousands of ocean miles. It is thought to have a similar sociological role comparable to the use of peyote in many Native American tribes, the chewing of coca leaves in Peru and the use of opium in the Middle East and Asia. Although the use of kava has lessened due to missionary prohibitions and introduction of alcohol, which was non-existent in Oceania prior to first contact, kava is still consumed today, most especially in Western Polynesia in both formal and informal ceremonies. There is a growing interest in kava due to political independence and renewed concern for ethnic traditions, which had been clamped down by missionaries and colonization. The kava drink still holds an important position and continues to function as a social beverage, as a medicine for various ailments, and as a soothing relaxant in islands such as Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.