(Piper methysticum) aka - Kawa
It was Captain Cook who discovered Kava Kava naming it ‘intoxicating pepper.’ Kava Kava, as an analgesic sedative is used to relieve the pain of rheumatism, alleviate insomnia and calm anxiety. Kava Kava root is also known as one of the most powerful of the herbal muscle relaxants. It is helpful in increasing flexibility, influencing the motor units of the nervous system, relaxing muscle tension and aiding with structural alignments. Being a potent analgesic, it can be applied directly to a painful wound or taken internally. Kava Kava has an advantage over the synthetic drugs often prescribed for anxiety and insomnia in that it does not lose its potency or effectiveness over time; it is not addictive and is free of side effects and complications, unlike many of the medications routinely prescribed.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Kava Kava may provide relief from:
• Muscle Tension
• Rheumatism Pain
- Properties: Alterative, Analgesic, Anesthetic, Anti-fungal, Anti-septic, Anti-spasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Diuretic, Sedative Primary nutrients: Calcium and Magnesium