Chamomile tea has been known for years as a light sleep tea. It's warm and floral in taste, with a mild calming effect that can calm you down and help release stress a little faster than usual. In addition, it is a great one remedy for insomnia.
And then there is kava.
What is Kava?
Kava is like chamomile on steroids. This muddy-tasting carrot comes from the Pacific Islands, where people have used it for centuries as painkiller or as a ceremonial drink. Kava is a powerful pain reliever and helps to unwind at the end of the day, especially if you work late or have trouble falling asleep.
The secret lies in the kavalactones, the psychoactive parts of the kava plant. The kavalactones in a cup of tea can help you relax and calm down.
What is kava used for?
Studies have shown that the properties of kava can reduce anxiety, stress, muscle and nervous tension, as well as combat insomnia and improve sleep problems. Hence, there are many people who use it as a natural alternative to anti-anxiety medications.
You will find other benefits of this medicine below. In addition, a study published five years ago supports its potential use in a clinical therapy setting. In particular, a clinical study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology in 2013 found that kava had significantly reduced symptoms in people diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.
Benefits of kava
Kava can be a powerful relaxing and sedative. Think of it as natural form of Xanax. Below we list some of the benefits of this panacea.
Are you concerned? Kava can help you relax without reducing your mental focus. A study involving a total of 645 participants found that it significantly relieved anxiety, with mild to no side effects.
Several studies have shown that kava extract is comparable to antidepressants and benzodiazepines (Xanax en Valium, for example) for improving social and general anxiety disorders. Participants who used it daily for up to 24 weeks showed no side effects. Moreover, when using this natural remedy, there is less chance of addiction.
Keeps you relaxed, yet alert
Perhaps the best thing is that it doesn't affect your mental clarity. A cup of tea makes you feel pleasantly relaxed, just like a glass of wine, but mentally you keep your sharpness. Even heavy and long-term plot users do not show a decrease in cognitive functions.
In addition, it can also help you fall asleep. Animal studies have shown that it affects GABA and serotonin, two important neurotransmitters that help you relax. It reduces stress and relaxes your muscles, making it easier to fall asleep. It also produces a mild, pleasant euphoria. Obviously not enough to get you addicted to it.
Try to take kava an hour before going to sleep. Kava tea is a good option for sleeping, as tea is relaxing on its own. This brand can be found in most supermarkets and tastes better than real kava root, although it is not very strong. You can use two or three tea bags at the same time if you need a strong dose.
Relaxes the muscles and reduces pain
You may feel like it makes your mouth numb when you drink the tea. This is thanks to dihydrokavain and dihydromethysticine, two natural pain relievers in the kava plant. These substances relieve pain and muscle cramps and cause your muscles to relax.
You can also buy kava paste and mix it with an oil that is good for the skin and rub it on sore muscles, a sore back, or anywhere else where you have muscle pain.
A perfect substitute for alcohol
The combination of social relaxation and mental clarity makes it an excellent alternative to alcohol. In fact, kava bars are a social staple in many Pacific islands. They have recently also appeared in the Netherlands.
This miracle drug releases you socially without the negative effects of alcohol. It's a good way to have a party to wake up the next morning. Be careful when combining kava and alcohol. The effects of both drugs can reinforce each other.
Is kava right for me?
In the Netherlands all over the world, this drug has already meant a lot to a considerable number of people. It is seen as a remedy for anxiety and improves overall mood. As a dietary supplement, it is an alternative to alcohol, coffee or weed. Let's say it is the new “socializer”. Kava is ubiquitous and it is spreading a positive vibration across the country.
More than ever, people are now looking for ways for this reducing stress and live a healthier life. Kava can help you with this, without the negative consequences that medicines bring.