Kava is one of nature’s secret little ‘yes, yes, yes’ herbs with its ability to induce a powerful state of calm relaxation, whilst allowing your mind to stay focused and clear (yes, I did say relaxed AND clarity of mind in the SAME sentence).
The effects of kava kick in pretty quickly, within 10 to 20 minutes. You might feel an immediate numbing of the lips (totally normal and just a sign that it’s working). It is a muscle relaxant, yet keeps you alert at the same time.
Taken from WebMD:
How’s It Used?
Kava kava (“kava” for short) contains substances called kavapyrones. They act much like alcohol on your brain, making you feel calm, relaxed, and happy. The plant is also thought to relieve pain, prevent seizures, and relax muscles.
You can buy it as an herbal supplement online and in health food stores. It’s available in capsules, tablets, or tinctures (that means it’s dissolved in alcohol).
Kava has been used to treat a number of conditions, including: