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)

 

 

Meditation Can be Practiced in Many Ways

Meditation does not have to be done, sitting still. There are many ways to practice meditation, which is in essence syncing the body and mind.

Meditation can be practiced doing any activity that takes all of your focus into yourself and the moment. Playing music, painting, doing crafts, writing, one on one sports, bike rides,  all of these activities block any thoughts of past or future and puts you in THE NOW.  ****This is where you want to be!*****

Enjoying, centering, focusing all of your attention to the NOW, the gift of life, in the present moment.  Meditation is what your brain and body need to clear yourself of all the negative energy that is absorbed throughout your week.  Not only does it lift your spirits and free you from anxiety, meditation actually lowers blood pressure.   So if you feel that sitting still is not the answer for you, but want to feel and understand what all the hype is about with Meditation…figure out what activities you do and enjoy, that engages your complete focus and attention.  Try to incorporate this activity at least 2-3 times a week, into your schedule.  Let yourself be free of thoughts for a little while, let the present moment breathe new life into your soul.

These teachings and many more life altering and inspiring concepts,  are those of Eckhart Tolle.  Modern Spiritual Teacher, whom changed my whole outlook on life.  His wisdom in relieving your own suffering and experiencing the world in a different way is recognized by many including: Oprah, The Guardian, The Dalai Lama, Ram Dass and Deepak Chopra.  I urge everyone to check out some of his sessions on YouTube.

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Smokeable Herbal Blend for Anxiety and Relaxation That Works!

Smoking Natural Herbs has been done since the beginning of time used traditionally for relaxation, ritual and ceremonies.

Smokeable herb blends are becoming more and more popular.   I began getting into medicinal herbs for many reasons and was looking for alternatives to tobacco smoking.   After doing quite a bit of  research on the subject, I put together a blend for my personal use and a couple close friends.

It turns out, the blend was quite pleasant and smooth and so was the effect. It was relaxing and warming at the same time.    Both smoking and non smoking friends, also found this blend to be effective and enjoyable and suggested I market it.

Herbs for Living Life’s Herbal Smoke Blend is:  100% natural, no additives, no chemicals and non-addictive

Also with marijuana not being legal in many states and many people opting to quit smoking tobacco, smokable herbs are an excellent alternative choice.

The ingredients are:

Calamus Herb Anxiety Calamus: has been used since ancient times to relieve tension and pain. A balancing herb is energizes and relaxes at the same time. It is also a powerful nervous system herb.

 Skullcap: has been used for centuries also. In modern herbal medicine, Skullcap is recommended for muscle tension and anxiety, alcohol withdraw and as a sleep aid.

Kava Kava AnxietyKava Kava: Although banned in some countries, Kava Kava has been proven in clinical studies to be just as powerful as any prescription anxiety medicine. It treats depression without the mental clarity loss that comes with some anxiety prescription medicines.

Passion Flower
Passion Flower

Passion Flower:  Long known by herbalist to relieve muscle tension and used for insomnia. It has also been reported to relieve headaches when smoked.

 

 

With all of these herbs combined,  it is no wonder, the blend has such a calming effect. So if you are thinking of quitting smoking or looking just for something different, you should give this blend a try.

  • 100% natural
  • non addictive
  • chemical and synthetic free (don’t ever touch that stuff! it’s poison!)
  • Euphoric effect on most users
  • Many customers have inquired about drug tests and this herbal smoke blend.  This products is 100% all organic and natural herbs from the earth.  There is nothing in this blend to show up on a drug test.

 

Herbs for Living Life Relaxation Smoke Blend
Herbs for Living Life
Relaxation Smoke Blend

 

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Holding on to Shame and Guilt Physically Breaks Down Your Body

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.

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IL6 Chemical Protein

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. images-4

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. breathing_fct1024x630_t460

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Small Miracles Everyday – Are you “Present” enough to notice them?

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.

Eckhart Tolle Quotes
Eckhart Tolle Spiritual Teacher

There are so many wonderful benefits in practicing meditation and mindfulness. The first steps are:

1.) Learning to silence the thoughts in your head

2.) Really understanding the Impermanence of all things

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.

If you can see a Little Green, Your Herb will Survive

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.

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Tips to remember to keep your herbs healthy during cold, indoor months:

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Pruning Indoor Herbs During Winter


  • 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!

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