The evening would start with a free, short demo on the many benefits of ionized / alkaline water (which the Kava Bar now uses to enhance the amazing drink) including how o get more out of or extend tea to many more cups from the same leaf portion. Then we partake of the drink we're hearing so much about now and get SOCIAL...
"I've tried it and I liked the effect" - David
For centuries Pacific Islanders shared this magical drink called kava, by invitation only; then kava invaded the U.S. coasts. Now kava has a foothold on the Third Coast — SquareRüt; the first kava bar in Texas. Kava is like nothing you have experienced, (not legally anyway). For centuries, Kava has been used to relieve anxiety, stress and insomnia. Kava can also be a safe alternative to alcohol as fans say it promotes relaxation and a cheerful mood without impairment. WHAT IS KAVA?
Piper methysticum (kava or kava kava) is a plant that is grown in the South Pacific Islands. The root is used to produce a drink with sedative and anti-anxiety properties that is capable of inducing relaxation and mental clarity. For over 3000 years, kava has been used in the islands for medicinal, religious, political, cultural and social purposes.
Kava helps ease anxiety, stress and depression, as well as help to induce a restful sleep. It will “take the edge off”, promote sociabilty while helping to focus and concentrate.
HISTORY OF KAVA
The plant thrives in the islands of Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Pohnpei, New Guinea and Hawaii. No one knows exactly where the kava plant originated from however, there is strong evidence to suggest that Vanuatu is its origin. Captain James Cook was the first known encounter with kava during the voyage of 1768-1771. Captain Cook gave the kava plant its name of “intoxicating pepper.” Kava was prepared by pounding or chewing the root. The kava drink has many uses in the South Pacific Islands. Primarily it is consumed in ceremonies and other religious events amongst tribe members however, it is also consumed in social manner.
Kava began to make its way into the mainstream in the United States in the early 2000’s.
MEDICINAL BENEFITS OF KAVA
Kava is used medicinally for all types of ailments. The main active components in the kava root are called kavalactones. Kava is primarily used as an anti-depressant, stress reliever and muscle relaxant. Kava calms nerves and/or eases stress as well as anxiety. Kava can also treat migraine headaches and cramps. Kava keeps the mind alert as the body relaxes.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF KAVA
Temporary numbness of the mouth, throat and lips Relaxation of muscles Calms nerves General rise in social behavior and well being Induces feeling of peace and contentment Enhances mental alertness and concentration Reduces inhibitions and promotes socialbility (I noticed this to be true)