- Qualities: Traditionally used with anxiety to calm the body. Relaxing to the nervous system, hypnotic (helps support sleep) anti-spasmodic, local anaesthetic, anti-fungal
- Parts used: Root
- Origin: Vanuatu
- Cultivation: Certified Organic & Kosher Certified
Contraindications: Avoid during pregnancy & breastfeeding. Avoid with consumption of alcohol. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery under the influence of large doses of kava. Long term consumption can result in a "kava rash" which will clear once kava is discontinued. Using doses larger than 9g/day can elevate liver enzymes. Avoid in cases of depression & Parkinson's Disease.
How to Brew Herbal Teas
As a rule of thumb, for single herbs add 1 tsp. dried herb per cup hot water (though you can make your tea as strong or weak as you’d like). For blends of more than 2 herbs, use 1 Tbsp. dried herb blend per cup of hot water.
INFUSIONS are for plant materials that are relatively fragile (leaves, fruits, seeds, flowers and roots with high volatile oils like Valerian or Goldenseal). Place a tight fitting lid over the tea, and allow to steep for 10-20 minutes, or overnight – depending on the flavour and strength you wish.
DECOCTIONS are like infusions, but are used when the plant material is tenacious (such as roots, barks, nuts and non-aromatic seeds). This method makes very concentrated teas, so the plant material can be used 2-3 times before discarding. Bring water to a boil. Add herb to boiling water, cover with tight fitting lid, and allow to simmer on low heat for 15-20 mins. Remove from heat and strain.
How to brew when your blend has both fragile and tenacious herbs?
You do both methods! First decoct your roots, barks or seeds as described above. Turn off the heat, and then add the leaves/flowers and leave to steep for as long as you desire.
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