Kava Kava, a medicinal plant that is related to the family of pepper. It has green and oblong shaped leaves with a short stem. It is a popular plant in the Western Pacific region where it is also called Piper Methysticum, Awa, Ava, Sakau, and Yaqona. Kava Kava is rich with Kavalactones, which is a potent substance that provides a wide range of health benefits. Since early times, this healthy herb has been used for its calming, sedative and anesthetic properties. Today, Kava Kava is a regular ingredient in many food items such as teas, drinks, and supplements.
Health Benefits You Can Get From Kava Kava
1. Treats Sleeping Disorders and Stress
Stress affects millions of people worldwide, including teens and adults. Stress can also lead to other health issues such as sleeping disorders and anxiety. If you are looking for a natural cure for all these issues, Kava Kava is one of the best options. This healthy herb is loaded with Kavalactone that has been scientifically proven to promote the production of the “feel good” endorphin in the brain. In addition, this potent substance also maximizes the production of essential chemicals that minimize both mental and physical stress. As a result, you will be able to relax and sleep better.
Aside from a quality sleep, regular consumption of this plant results in a happier and calmer state. An experiment involving people who are constantly stressed and pressured from work and daily responsibilities were asked to drink Kava Kava tea for several days. These people experienced better mood and less stress even after a long and tiring day.
For people suffering from insomnia and other sleeping disorders, it is recommended to take Kava Kava supplement after eating dinner. The day-to-day intake of Kava Kava extract must not exceed 30mg, with 70% Kavalactone content. Aside from supplements and extracts, you can also drink Kava Kava tea before going to bed. Mix 1 or 2 medium sized Kava Kave leaves with a cup of hot water. Add a few drops of lemon and a teaspoon of honey to improve taste. Drink every time stress and anxiety levels are high to improve the quality of sleep.
2. Treats Sore Muscles
Aside from being an effective stress reliever, Kava Kava is also a powerful cure for sore muscles and body pains due to its anesthetic and analgesic properties. Furthermore, it is also rich with antibacterial properties that are ideal for preventing and treating rheumatism.
To use as a treatment for inflamed and sore muscles, apply Kava Kava extracts as a massage oil. Liberally apply to the affected area while using gentle massage strokes. Do these steps twice a day if possible until soreness and pain are gone. Due to its strong properties, people with sensitive skin may feel a tingling sensation or develop negative reactions such as skin allergies. To minimize these risks, mix one teaspoon of coconut oil with Kava Kava extract before applying to the skin.
Aside from using as a massage oil, you can also drink Kava Kava supplements to treat rheumatism and muscle pains. In fact, many athletes and soldiers from all over the world drink various types of Kava Kava supplements after heavy workouts and training sessions. In addition, drinking Kava Kava tea will also calm and relax stressed muscles and nerves due to strenuous activities.
3. Minimize Tooth Pains and Other Dental Issues
Kava Kava is rich with antibacterial properties, which are perfect for fighting dental issues due to bacterial infection such as a toothache and gingivitis. Kava kava is also loaded with calming properties that reduce pain and discomfort.
For people suffering from a toothache and gum infection, chew the root of Kava Kava for direct and immediate effect. Get 1 to 2 pieces of root strands and clean thoroughly. Chew for 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure to move the roots around the mouth to reach all spaces that may also be infected. Wait for an hour before gargling or rinsing off with running water.
If roots are unavailable, use this plant’s extract. Apply 2 to 3 drops to the affected tooth or gums and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse off with running water. Do these steps after brushing your teeth. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until the pain is gone. To get more anesthetic and antibacterial effects, also drink a cup of Kava Kava tea before going to bed or during breakfast.
4. Prevents Migraines and Headaches
Migraines and headaches are common symptoms of stress. These annoying conditions can minimize your work productivity and slow down daily activities. When experiencing a headache, immediately drink a cup of Kava Kava tea or take Kava Kava supplement. Many health enthusiasts believe that this natural ingredient gives the same effects of commercially made headache tablets which usually contain ibuprofen and analgesics.
Another alternative is to place 2 to 3 drops of Kava Kava oil extracts to your forehead and do light massage strokes. Massage for about 5 to 10 minutes or until a headache is gone. Make sure to take a few minutes off from work and relax while massaging your head.
5. Minimizes Menstrual Pains
Kava Kava is a woman’s best friend because of its ability to minimize menstrual pain. A study showed that women who regularly took this plant in addition to hormone therapy experienced less pain and discomfort during menstrual cycle compared to women who just took hormone medicines.
For women who suffer from chronic menstrual pain and discomfort, it is recommended to take Kava Kava supplement. Even though it is a natural ingredient, it is still best to consult a doctor to get proper daily dosage. Aside from supplements, another effective option is to drink Kava Kava tea, especially during the menstrual period.
6. Shortens the Duration of Loose Bowel Movement
Loose Bowel Movement, or LBM, is commonly caused by bacterial infection. It is usually a result of eating stale or infected food items. Due to its antibacterial properties, Kava Kava is one of the most popular and effective natural cures for this condition. Taking Kava Kava supplements when fighting LBM promotes faster elimination of bacteria and germs, thus shortening the duration of this condition.
In addition to taking supplements, you can also drink Kava Kava tea when experiencing LBM. For severe cases wherein pain in the stomach area is felt, rub 2 to 3 drops of Kava Kava essence and massage using light strokes. Repeat these steps until pain and LBM are gone.
7. Heals Mouth or Canker Sores
Another infection that is treated by this plant is Canker Sores, which develops in the mouth and surrounding area. This condition is commonly caused by poor hygiene and weak immune system that increases the risk of various kinds of bacterial infection.
Aside from practicing good hygiene such as replacing old and dirty toothbrush and using oral antiseptics to kill mouth bacteria, one of the most effective ways to prevent and heal canker sores is by using or consuming this plant. Place 2 to 3 drops of Kava Kava on the affected area and leave for 1 to 2 hours or let it completely dry. Another option is to chew Kava Kava roots while trying to concentrate exposure on the affected area. Chew for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat these steps once or two times a day until the sores are fully healed.
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