Kava Kava is a powerful natural herb that produces a euphoric, happy effect, similar to the effects of alcohol.
It’s getting to be Fall weather here in Missouri. Kava Kava drinks are a wonderful adult beverage addition to campfires, night fishing, snuggling up with a good book on cool nights or just to relax and de-stress after a hard day.
Derived from the roots of the plant Piper methysticum. Used for centuries, by native islanders in the Pacific and Hawaii in ceremonies and for recreation. The active ingredient – kavapyrones (kavalactones) is what gives this herb is intoxicating quality. Note: Kava Kava is to be used sparingly and not for those under age 18. If you have liver problems or are taking liver medications, it is not recommended to use Kava Kava herb. Check with your physician if you have concerns. Also note that effects of Kava Kava can vary from person to person and are not guaranteed, however, the majority of the population does feel the effects.
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Here are some Easy Kava Kava recipes, that I have tried, that make a great brew with either powdered Kava Kava or Kava Kava root. If you would like to submit your own Kava Kava recipe, I would be happy to post. Just go to Contact Me.
This recipe yields about 2 cups of beverage. To make for more people, just increase the amounts - times x2 - for every two people. You can use any milk of your choice. The fat soluble content helps release the Kava Kava qualities. For a super icy treat. Freeze orange juice into ice cubes and freeze banana.
For a frozen treat, pour Kava Kava mixture into a plastic cup and freeze.
2 cups Soy/Rice/Coconut Milk (Chocolate is especially tasty)
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
Dash dash Ginger (Optional according to taste)
2 teaspoons Mint Sprigs
In a blender add Kava Kava, water, milk/soy and cinnamon
Turn on blender for a few seconds, then let mixture sit for 30 minutes to soak up the good stuff (Kavalactones)
Turn blender on again for about 3 minutes
Add mint and cinnamon, if desired and blend just a little more
You can either strain mixture into serving cups using tight mesh strainer, cheesecloth and strainer or muslin bag or just leave the kava kava, unstrained to insure no kavalactones are missed. Kavalactone is what gives Kava Kava it's effect.
Enjoy! This drink is good hot or cold. You can heat mixture just slightly on stove or in a microwave
1-2oz Kava Kava Root Powder (Depending on taste or 1TBSP of Kava Kava Dried Root)
1 can Coconut Milk (For a twist, you can also add one can of coconut juice w/chunks of coconut)
12oz Water (Fill Coconut can with water)
Blend intermittently in short bursts for about 5 minutes.
Pour mixture into tight mesh strainer or nylon stocking and wring out into a bowl. There will be a thick, white emulsion, that is believed to have strong compounds of the kava kava, however, the texture can be a little overwhelming to some.
Pour mixture into serving mugs or coconut shell (traditional) and serve. Mixture should be consumed right away or you can store in a jar with tight fitting lid. Mixture will keep about a week.
It is believed the longer you blend the Kava Kava pulp, the more kavalactones are released.
The thick, white emulsion produces when straining Kava Kava is believed to hold strong compounds. It is however, not to everyone's taste. Some people choose to scrap off this emulsion and discard, others leave it in the mixture. It is up to you to decide what you prefer.
You can experiment with all of the Kava Kava recipes. There really is no right or wrong way. Kava Kava has a very strong
taste. Milk, coconut milk, soy milk, cinnamon, honey, orange juice are all variations. The key to a strong brew is the straining of the mixture.
2-3 tablespoons Kava Kava Root Powder (Kava Kava Dried Root also be used)
1-2 tablespoon Organic Honey (Use more or less depending on preference.)
1-2 teaspoon Cinnamon, Organic or Ground (Use more or less depending on preference)
4-8 cubes Ice Cubs (Use more of less depending on preference)
Blend Kava Kava and water together. Duration of blending can vary, depending on your tastes and preference. Anywhere from 2 minutes to 5 minutes, in intervals.
Strain Kava Kava mixture using tight mesh strainer or nylon stocking. This step can be repeated if preferred.
Add the honey, cinnamon and ice cubes to the strained mixture and blend again.
You can now pour and enjoy or strain mixture one more time, pour and enjoy
Recent studies have shown that we really do carry around emotional baggage physically in our bodies. In the connective tissue, fascia tissues, in our bodies to be exact. It is a chemical called IL6.
IL6 is a cytokine protein chemical we all carry in our bodies. It plays a role in fighting infections and regulating metabolism. However, when the chemical is over processed, it becomes the enemy, breaking down immune system.
Growing evidence links this inflammatory chemical process to autoimmune disease, depression, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Increased levels of IL6 have also been associated with children’s and adult mental health problems.
Studies have shown inflammation (over-processing) of this chemical sets up an individual’s health physically and mentally for health and mental complications. Over inflammation occurs in individuals who have experience extreme stress situations, predominantly in childhood and teenage years. These extreme stress situations along with social class, absence of parental devotion, incest, tragedy and suppression of the negative emotions associated with these risk factors all contribute to those with easily inflamed levels of IL6.
Holding on to negative emotions such as fear, guilt, shame and grudge, over stimulates this protein chemical which in essence, lodges in your fascia tissues. Fascia tissue as described in the link, surrounds all of your organs, bones and nerves. If one does not learn to release their past negative emotions and thoughts of events that have happened to them, the IL6 chemical builds up in the tissue and causes damage, the end result of this damage will vary from one individual to the next depending on genetics, pre-existing conditions and environment.
The bottom line is:
We must let go of our past when it is associated with negative emotions (fear, anger, regret, guilt, shame, grudge). We cannot change the past, but we can change how it affects us now. All humans have an inner instinct to be happy. However, when we carry around these unneeded burdens of emotions, of the past, we are limiting our ability for inner peace and making more undo stress on our body systems. Learn to let it go. Why hold on to it? Does it give you power in some way to feel bad? Does it help today’s situations, joy or stress? No it does not.
Have you ever known someone who has been hurt by another in the past and that person after years, still carries a strong grudge against the other person? Do you see what it does to their face features? Almost like they are shriveling up. How we deal with those who have wrong us, how we deal with past situations we were forced to endure, play a major role in our over all health and appearance in the coming years.
Spiritual leaders have always urged us, as humans, to forgive, have compassion, practice daily gratitude and help one another. When we make these practices part of our daily lives, we ultimately relieve our own suffering and improve our overall health, mentally and physically.
Since this chemical makes it’s home in the connective tissues of our bodies, yoga stretching, meditations and mindfulness all help to release the over abundance of IL6 that many of us are carrying around within ourselves, returning IL6 to it’s normal capacity, which we need to help us maintain normal infection fighting and metabolism levels of the natural occurring chemical.
So do yourself a huge favor. Let the past go, learn to live in the present, right now and stretch your limbs really well a couple times a day, take time to clear your mind and meditate when you can, recognize when these old negative familiar emotions arise within you. See if you can stop the thought process from going back into the past, reliving the negative, over and over. Recognizing what triggers these emotions and learning to release them right away, will absolutely make your feel better, look better and be a better human all together.
LIVE – LOVE – LAUGH – MEDITATE – GRATITUDE – COMPASSION
The beautiful sun, that sets and rises each day, the flowers blooming, the smile of a child, the very breathe that you take. These are all small everyday miracles that deserve your presence and attention.
If we are always running around, if our minds are is always involved in planning, worrying and agonizing, these everyday small miracles will go unnoticed, as if they did not exist.
There are so many wonderful benefits in practicing meditation and mindfulness. The first steps are:
3.) Feeling gratitude for the blessings of the present moment.
These three key practices will open up your awareness of all of the small miracles of life that have the capacity to nourish you and to heal you.
Once you learn to witness the voice in your head, recognize this voice as a tool, and not as the ultimate decision maker in your life and learn to cease thoughts for a few precious moments, you open up a bountiful world of every day small miracles and your begin notice them more often, appreciating them and conjure feelings of gratitude.
This in turn, slows down the aging process, it helps keep you focused in stressful or volatile situations and make clearer decisions.
I can say from personal experience, that learning gratitude and learning to ignore thoughts of worrying that want to play over and over in my head, as literally saved by sanity, my life.
We live in a world so full of itself. So full of greed and material wealth that we are literally destroying our only planet, that is merely borrowed from our children. We must collectively has a human race, learn to stop the obsessive, constant thoughts in our head. Step back an realize what a gift the world and all of it’s inhabitants are.
Take a moment, each day to reflect on what you are grateful for in your life. When you are stressed, enraged or deeply sad, just stop, breathe and remember what a wonderful world it is we live in. Humans are the only species on the planet to manipulate and destroy there own environment for waste and wealth.
Don’t throw out your herbal plant, if you can see Green.
To me, it’s always sad to see the beautiful, vibrant plants and herbs of the summer fade away through the winter months. For those of us not yet blessed with a greenhouse, special lights, we can only bring our favorites indoors.
Tips to remember to keep your herbs healthy during cold, indoor months:
Trimming off the old dead branches and leaves helps to stimulate the plant. The dead stalks also tend to suck the water and nutrients away from the green surviving parts.
Try not to over water plants in the winter time. Plants get dormant and slow down, just like some humans do, when it is cold. Soil should not be bone dry, but if you can feel moisture, wait another day or so and check again. Over watering will kill plants in a semi dormant state very quickly.
Moving plants around to different parts of the home also help. The sun shifts in the winter and also if you have any sort of weather plastic on the windows, the plants don’t get all the sun rays they need. Rotating every so often helps promote growth.
I hope you are cozy and warm and drinking herbal tea, wherever you are!. The older I get, the more I dislike the cold winter months. Thank goodness for hot tea and bone soothing herbs!
Summer here in Midwest Missouri produces a beautiful bounty of fresh fruits, herbs, vegetables.
Why not take advantage of these wonderful, delicious summer treasures? Besides stocking up, canning, making jams and jellies, you can also make healthy, refreshing summertime cocktails and cool drinks for your family and friends.
Add fresh Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Spearmint and Peppermint to any Mojito drink recipe for an awesome boost in flavor and vitamins.
Adding herbs and fresh fruit to any Sun Tea also can make a beautiful display.
Add fresh berries (strawberries, mulberries, blackberries, etc) to any drink recipe. You can slice them up or drop them in whole. You can also make a “Shrub” with fresh fruits and blend this in with all of your favorite summertime cocktails. You can use a mesh tea ball or I prefer to use a tied off cheesecloth.
There is something beautiful and right brewing Sun Tea on your porch and relishing in its naturalness. Research as shown that drinking tea at least twice a day reduces heart disease, lowers cholesterol and helps the ward off and fight cancer. For more on this research click here: NHI National Cancer Institute