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Relax with kava, a tropical drink

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Kava is an herb from the Pacific islands.  The ground roots give up relaxing compounds and has been sold in the United States for a long time with Sears selling it in their catalog as early as 1900.  "Genteel ladies" who bought the extract as an alternative to "demon rum" were given a free tea set.

 

Until the 1950s Kava was included in the U.S. Pharmacopoea which is the official collection of approved medicines.

 

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In 1765 Captain Cook was probably the first white man to be offered Kava -- and he didn't like the taste.

 

The kava root is ground by natives and mixed with a little water.  The mixture is then squeezed and strained into a coconut shell and drunk.

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The compounds contained in kava relax tense muscles and work on the anxiety centers of the brain so the result is a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

 

Late afternoon in the islands is "Kava time" and goes back at least 3000 years.  Kava time is a dialy opportunity for the community to get together, relax and share with each other the events of their day and over the years many non-natives have enjoyed kava time.  British royals, politicians and diplomats and even Pope John Paul have enjoyed drinking kava with the natives.

 

A boom in sales occurred in 1996.  Articles and features in a variety of news outlets sent sales soaring in both the U.S. and Europe.

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Later the same year, Chris Kilham, a medicine hunter, wrote a book titled Kava, Medicine Hunting in Paradise.  Following the release of Kilham's book, hundreds of companies starting putting out kava-based products. 

 

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