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Easiest Way to Prepare Kava Kava Root

Kava Kava preparation can be a little scary for some people.   Traditionally in the Pacific Islands, Kava Kava was chewed then spat into a water mixture and left to set for awhile.  Obviously, not too many of us really want to go with the traditional method.

Kava Kava Dried Root

I have tried many different ways with both powder form and dried root.  This is what I have found from my own experiences in preparing Kava Kava root:

Kava Kava dried root powder is the form most easily prepared in a blender and only needs to be strained once or twice, depending on if you like the frothy foam that is produced.  Some say there are more Kavalactones in the froth.

Dried root powder is excellent for large batches of Kava Kava brews and smoothies requiring a four or five more ingredients.  However, if you are in a hurry and do not let your brew “soak” in all the ingredients, you mixture will not be very potent.  I personally feel the root powder form of Kava Kava is not has potent, has the Kava Kava dried root form.

Kava Kava root dried and cut is the form I prefer.  I feel the potency is stronger and the taste is more earthy.

When I first tried Kava Kava, I steeped the dried root in a tea infuser just like this one                                         25-oz-glass-tea-pot-infuser-with-stainless-steel-basket

with boiling hot water from my tea kettle.  I then mixed in milk and chocolate syrup.  I was quite happy with the results, however, most Kava Kava sites say that water too hot, will kill the Kavalactones quality in the herb.  There are mixed opinions out there.  You will have to experiment and decide for yourself.

After doing that research, I feared I may be destroying some of the medicinal qualities in the traditional “tea” preparation.

My next try involved letting the dried and cut Kava Kava root sit in a mason jar full of milk.  I had wrapped the Kava Kava in cheesecloth, let it sit in the milk, for a few hours.

I then strained and kneaded the root bag several times, as instructed on the web.  Many sites stress the kneading of the Kava Kava is the most important step because repeated kneading of the root powder is what produces a greater potency effect.

I found this method to be time consuming, messing and did not really produce a brew,  more potent than the other mentioned methods.

Note:  I first used milk, even though many Kava Kava sites stress you must purchase soy lecithin, which is said to heighten the Kava Kava qualities.

Soy lecithin is not easily accessible in my area here in Missouri.  Since soy lecithin was not very accessible for me, I decided to try a brew, using soy milk,  in the vanilla flavor.

It is cheap and contains soy lecithin.

So here is the EASIEST and most EFFECTIVE way of preparing Kava Kava Dried Root:

In a large mason jar with a tight fitting lid,  I put two heaping spoonfuls of dried and cut Kava Kava Root and filled the jar with the soy milk.

I let the jar sit in the refrigerator till the next evening.  I strained the mixture once, through a tight meshed strainer, added some cocoa and chocolate syrup.

The results were amazing!  The mixture had a nice smooth texture, the cocoa and chocolate mixed well, and helped tone down the strong flavor of Kava Kava.  kavachocolatemilk

The easiest, cheapest and simplest way, in my opinion, to prepare Kava Kava root and receive all the qualities and benefits intended, is to simply:

let it sit at least 24 hours in a soy based product.

If you want to add natural flavors to the mixture, such as lemon balm leaves,  peppermint leaves or my personal favorites, chocolate, cinnamon and ginger, just add these to your over night mixture. All of the wonderful herbs will mesh together.

Strain the mixture through a tight meshed strainer, cheese cloth, whatever your have into a blender.  Blend with ice for a wonderful cold, frothy shake or heat up slightly (I recommend on the stove, but if you are not concerned with a microwaves possibly of hindering the mixtures qualities, heat for no more than 30 seconds in the microwave) for a warm, cozy evening beverage.

Use one (1) ounce = 2 tablespoons of root powder or dried root per person.

Kava Kava is a wonderful herb from Mother Nature.  Calming and cozy, awesome for sleeplessness and anxiety, Kava Kava is also a great alternative to alcohol and those suffering from alcohol withdrawal. Although there are mixed opinions on the web concerning this topic, I personally feel it is a wonderful aid for those in detox of alcohol and opiates, based on my research.

I hope you give Kava Kava a try.  Decide for yourself. You can find more easy recipes that I have tried here.   If it is not for you, there are hundreds of wonderful herbs out there for energy, relaxation, anxiety, depression.  Natural remedies are designed by nature, so they have a natural balance and no harsh effects as pharmaceutical remedies tend to have.

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Horny Goat Weed and Rhodiola Natural Herbal Blend for Stamina, Blood Flow

Horny Goat Weed and Rhodiola, as an herbal mixture,  has been used by men for centuries as an aphrodisiac and stamina booster.

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Horny Goat Weed not just for Men

Many enhancement herbal supplements at your local gas station, contain both of these herbs, along with laboratory made synthetic compounds. Yuck!

Although Horny Goat is generally thought of has a “male” herb, there are many benefits for women has well including increased libido, relieve fatigue and increase blood flow.

Behind the funny name of Horny Goat Weed stands a time-tested aphrodisiac that increases libido in men and women, and improves erectile function in men. Known also as Epimedium or Yin Yang Huo, Horny Goat Weed was first described in ancient classical Chinese medicinal texts. Today, horny goat weed holds an important place in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is gaining popularity around the world. horngoat

Used by practitioners for over 2,000 years, horny goat weed is several species of epimedium, a leafy plant which grows in the wild, most abundantly at higher altitudes. The leaves of the plant contain a variety of flavonoids, polysaccharides, sterols and an alkaloid called magnaflorine. And while the exact way that horny goat weed works remains unknown, the plant has long been employed to restore sexual fire, boost erectile function, relieve fatigue and alleviate menopausal discomfort.

Horny Goat Weed combined with Rhodiola makes an extremely good combination for vigor, vitality and circulation without any side effects that prescription Viagra or other pharmaceutical lab made drugs do to the body.

I decide to put together a natural herb blend and incorporate these medicinal herbs into my diet.  Horny Goat Tea is not very tasty, but sprinkling Horny Goat and Rhodiola into soups and salads proved to be tasty and highly beneficial.  Just sprinkle on your favorite salads and add towards the end of your soup cooking time.  Simply, easy, beneficial.  Give it a try and I am sure you will be surprised.

Note:  Horny Goat Weed is not recommended for pregnant and nursing women and those individuals with low blood pressure.  Consult your physician with concerns.
Natural Herbs are not regulated by the FDA.  Statements or those of opinion and research and not meant to prevent, diagnosis or cure any disease. (if the FDA did regulate, Big Pharma would be out of their mass millions and they would never let that happen! Think about it)

 

 

Easy Herb Garden Ideas

Herb gardens are not hard to grow. In fact, you can start an easy herb garden with just a little space near an indoor sunny window or plant a few pots on your patio or porch.

Incorporating natural herbs into your diet is so beneficial to your health. Give it a try and experience the joys and benefits of natural herbs.

Here are some great ideas for simple, easy, herb gardens.

Dogs and Natural Herbs

Dogs can Benefit from Natural Herbs

Your dog is exposed to all of the toxins that you are and then some.   Dogs can benefit from natural herbs also.  This is a helpful guide to remember to supplement natural herbs in your dog’s diet and help their immune system to stay healthy.   When dogs develop chronic afflictions, it usually strikes when their immune system is not at 100%.   Dogs are our best friends, they deserve immune boosting herbs, too.

Herbs are especially helpful for older dogs.

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Not all herbs are safe for dogs because their digestive system differs from ours.

Always check with your veterinarian and do your research if you want to experiment with herbs, other than the ones listed in the chart and the ones listed in my article HERE, in your dogs diet.

 

Dogs, Skin Irritations and Herbal Remedies

Can Herbal Remedies Help a Dog’s Itchy Skin Irritations?

My dog has had a skin irritation for some time. After many vet visits, mange tests and rounds of antibiotics, the condition always returns. When discussing this with my vet of many years, he stated it was a sort of yeast infection.

I had become so frustrated with the constant scaly skin and itching, I was willing to try almost anything. When the vet had mentioned “yeast” I thought of women with yeast infections. I went out and bought a tube of Walmart’s brand of Monistat. Low and behold it worked! It cleared up quite a bit of my German Shepherds itchy, scaly patches.

However, I have found that unless a ritual of yeast infection medications, antibiotics and two baths a week are not adhered to, the itchy, scaly patches return.

Lavender and Rosemary essentials oils infusions help to keep the itching and scaly skin down to a minimum. I dab just a little on a fine tooth comb. Brush it through my dogs hair and remove any scales. If there is a particularly rough patch, I will gently rub it in.  For easy recipes go to Herbal Recipes and Remedies.

After reading a few documents from reputable doctors and universities, they tend to mention a holistic approach of Echinacea herb. This herb has a wonderful reputation for combating respiratory infections and skin conditions.  This is one of the medicinal herbs that is a must have in your pantry.

I am curious if anyone else has had the skin irritation problems with their canines and what holistic approaches they used and if they worked.

Please send your story and natural recipes that have worked for you and your dog.

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