Herb Spotlight: Kava Kava

I am so sorry it has been so long since an herb spotlight on the blog. I have been very caught up in waking life, so much so that I feel my whimsy slowly seeping out of me. I pray that I will find my light again and rise out of these depths, my mood suffers so much that it is beginning to bring down those around me.

So let’s pick it up by learning how to bring it down! Kava is a natural relaxation herb that can have intoxicating effects at high intake levels. The flavor profile is earthy with aftertastes of sweetness, the consistency brewed with tea is thick and syrupy in a pleasant way.

Breakdown of Kava

Scientific Name: Piper methysticum [aka: ava, awa]

Parts Used: Dried Root

Magickal Stats: Water Element, Ruled by Neptune and Saturn

Improves Function of: 

  • Central Nervous System
  • Urinary system

Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:

  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • PMS
  • UTI
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Muscle tension
  • Neuralgia

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Communing with the Gods and Goddesses
  • Protection and Restoration for the ill
  • Facilitating psychic visions

How Does It Work?

For a documented 3000 years the people of the South Pacific have been using kava as a natural anti-depressant and a means to relax the conscious mind. South Pacific cultures even use Kava to facilitate reconciliations within groups of people. The kavalactones found in the kava shrub interact with the Central Nervous System to give the sedative and relaxing effects. Beware that kavalactones inhibit quite a bit of hepatic enzymes and interact poorly with certain medications. Consult a physician before using kava medicinally.

What Do I Do With It?

Root Elixir:

The root is dried and can be found in powder, capsule or dried whole form. Create a decoction by combining 6 TB of dried powder root in 2 cups of boiling water, let sit with lid on for 5 minutes. Strain and let sit in fridge 24-36 hours and then enjoy. I like to also make tea and drink it immediately, the longer it sits the thicker and more syrupy the philtre will be. Drink to help calm the mind and nerves, this will help psychic thought flow through you. Also drink to connect to others, the gods and the universal energy. Also have a harmed or sick patient chew a bit of the root to use in a right of protection for them.

If using a tincture take 30-40 drops 2-5 times per day. Taking one dose is sometimes available at 150ml per dose.

Root Topical:

A topical balm can be created to be applied as an anti fungal cream. Has been found effective in athletes foot and even vaginitis.

WARNING: Kava can damage an already harmed liver and can be dangerous in large amounts. PLEASE consult a physician before using it at all.

Do not take kava if:

  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

  • You have been told by your healthcare professional that you are depressed.

  • You have a liver disease such as hepatitis.

  • You have Parkinson’s disease.

  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Kava might cause excessive sedation if combined with medications used during and after surgery.

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