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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kava?

Kava, also known as Piper methysticum, is the most effective relaxing and stress-relieving plant in the world. Kava, which grows throughout the Pacific, including Tonga & Hawaii, has been used for thousands of years in ancient Polynesia. Traditionally, the kava root was chewed up and spit out for ceremonial or medicinal purposes. Today, kava is enjoyed throughout the islands of Polynesia as a strained, fresh drink. The effective compound of the kava root, also known as kavalactone, is what produces the benefits of kava.

Our ancestors used only the root of the plant to make their kava. At KavaBoy, we stick to our roots! We use only the root of the kava plant which we pulverize into a powder. The kava drink is enjoyed by massaging and straining the kava root in cool water. The produced beverage promotes tranquility of body and mind. Our kava is grown for five years or more. This is to ensure highest potency.

For more information, read the Honolulu Advertiser's articles entitled UH scientists may have solved kava mystery and Hawaii kava study finds liver anomaly. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is another helpful website with a lot of information on kava. Kava is not a drug nor is it alcoholic. Top

How to Prepare Our Kava

Our kava root is grounded up into a dry powder. You will need a fine strainer such as our chiffon strainer bag. You may also use nylon stocking, cheese cloth, a muslin tea bag, or silk screen to strain the kava. We have also heard of people using under armor shirts or socks! Personally, we believe silk screen strainers do the best job of straining the kava powder. You can get any of these materials at your local drug store or craft store. 

Before you begin, make sure to wash your hands. Insert the desired amount of kava powder into your strainer. If you are using a piece of any of the suggested materials, make sure the piece of material is big enough to hold your desired amount. We suggest using 1-2 tablespoons of kava per one cup of cold water. Spoon the desired amount into/onto the middle of the material. Pull up the corners, and tie with a rubber band or hold tightly closed. This is just to make sure you get the least amount of powder/fiber into your drink.

Place your kava-filled strainer into your desired amount of cold water. Massage the strainer/tea bag in the cold water. The action of massaging the kava helps activate and release the kavalactone from the powder, so this is very important

Continue massaging until the water turns a cloudy/opaque brown. You may also notice that the kava begins to have an oily appearance. This is from the non-soluble kavalactones. There is no exact time frame for massaging. We normally massage small amounts of kava for a few minutes. The greater the amount of kava powder and water used, the longer you would want to massage it and wring it out. Make sure the end product is a milkier/opaque color (as pictured below) as opposed to a watery color. Your kava is ready to be consumed!

If you are trying kava for the first time and are unfamiliar with what it should taste like, it is similar to ginseng tea. It has been described as earthy and maybe even bitter. It is an acquired taste. To make the drink more palatable for first time drinkers, you may add juice/soda or some kind of sweetener such as syrup, honey, or sugar.

Note: Cold water is preferred. Heat dulls the active components of the kava root. Massaging kava is very important to release the non-water soluble kavalactone substance. Top

The Benefits of Kava

Kava is a natural relaxant. It is often used as an alternative to medications for various health conditions.

relaxes muscles - Kava can help relieve muscle tension and pinched nerves.

decreases anxiety - Kava may relieve anxiety disorders.

mild sedative/tranquilizer - Kava gives you peace of mind and allows you to relax which is why it works great for insomniacs or people who have trouble falling asleep at night. 

promotes alertness & mental acuity - Unlike alcohol or drugs, kava does not cloud brain function. The relaxing effects of kava may help a person focus better on tasks.

produces mild local anesthesia - When drinking kava, one might experience numbness/tingling in the mouth. Polynesians have used kava as relief from tooth aches and sores in the mouth. 

not addictive - Kava is not physiologically addicting as are many drugs that are used for the previously stated purposes. It is NOT alcoholic.

safe for all ages - Kava has been consumed throughout Polynesia among people of all ages for centuries.

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May cause numbness. Do not take with alcoholic beverages or benzodiazepines because kava may heighten the effects of these which ultimately decrease central nervous system functioning.  Excessive consumption of kava may cause drowsiness and impair one's ability to drive or operate heavy equipment. Top

Shelf Life

How long does kava last? The kava powder can be kept for a very long time! Just keep it dry in a resealable bag or container.

Freshly mixed kava will last at most a week in the refrigerator. After the first day, the kava beverage begins to lose its potency. Top