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Kava Powder or Instant?

What is the difference between Kavaha Powder and Kavaha Instant? Let’s take a look at the properties of both forms and answer some basic questions, such as: how the Powder and Instant forms are prepared, whether they have the same properties and effects, who they are intended for, in which situations they work best, and which one is more effective for stimulating the senses?

Traditional preparation of Kava Kava

Over the thousands of years that Kava has been cultivated in the Pacific Islands, various traditions have developed for preparing and using the roots of methistine pepper. Depending on the region, mortars and pestles or limestone and coral quern-stones would be used to finely grind the dried roots, with the ground Kava then undergoing lengthy and elaborate ceremonies, including manual soaking and draining of the aqueous extract. Kavaha also draws on this tradition.

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KAVA – CAVA – COFFEE. With similar names, different stories and actions.

Do you drink Kava? It’s like coffee… in French? Café? Kava with “v”? Yes! Like the Spanish Cava! No? I don’t understand anything anymore… – it’s an illustration of a typical conversation about Kava. Every connoisseur of the drink from the Pacific Islands probably knows it. So, let’s resolve a few doubts about these similar-sounding names.

KAVA – also called Kava Kava – is the name of the drink and the plant from which our drink is made (the botanical name of the species is Piper methysticum, or Methystine Pepper). The name is the same, because the preparation of the drink does not require any additives – Kava for drinking is only a natural extract from kava roots. In different parts of Oceania, Kava operates under slightly different names: for example, in Hawaii it is called AWA, and in the islands of Samoa – AVA. In Fiji Kava is also known as YAQONA or GROG, in Vanuatu – MALOK, on Pohnpei – SAKAU. The name Kava is probably taken from the Polynesian language, in which it means bitter taste.

CategoriesLifestyle

Work-life balance and perfect balance. How Kavaha helps you find balance in your daily life.

What exactly is the famous “work-life balance”? Practical principle, real goal or ideal? This phenomenon escapes definitions and pigeonholing. It’s also like a repeated mantra. You can hear about it both at corporate training and after hours, for example watching TV series (isn’t Friends one big story about daily breaks from work?). It’s both a measure of professional success and personal happiness. And for a long time it seemed to be perfectly universal. Eternal. Can’t be changed. But something between “work” and “life” has changed. The balance point on the scale has moved.

More and more often we wonder whether the work-life distinction will serve us. At first glance, everything seems simple: at work, we forget about (other) life, then we forget about work, switch off and focus on the “right” life.

CategoriesKnowledge

Adaptogens and Kava. How nature fights stress.

Adaptogens are a phenomenon. First of all, the phenomenon of nature: plants with unique properties, often hidden in inaccessible places and surrounded by an aura of wonder, for thousands of years used and deemed invaluable in ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine (although reserved mainly for rulers and elites – these herbal potions used by, amongst others, Genghis Khan). On the other hand, adaptogens are also a modern health phenomenon: safe support of the body in even the most demanding conditions, until recently used almost exclusively by astronauts or Olympians, today gaining widespread popularity around the world.

Adaptogens fascinate researchers and users. We are most fascinated by the question: is Kava an adaptogen?

CategoriesCulture

Kavaha greets you. BULA!

Bula, friends! The kindest word that is said every now and then in the South Pacific islands. 

BULA is the joy of life, a smile. Nothing expresses a positive attitude towards the surrounding world and people as much as this word. ‘Bula bula’ (pronounced boo-LAH!) is the most popular greeting of the Fijian people.

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All’s well that’s prepared well.

You do not need to travel far to find harmony with nature. But the first step is necessary. If you are new to Kavaha, we have prepared some tips for you.

For starters, let us do the opposite. It is recommended to drink two portions of the extract at once when you first try Kava. The first dose rarely allows you to fully enjoy its unique effects. The second should put us in a state of deep relaxation. This is the characteristic of Kava. When our body is attuned to the action of the kavalactones it contains, it will react faster and more effectively to smaller and smaller portions.

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Kavalactones. The mystery of nature under screening.

Where do the unique properties of Kavaha come from? Can nature help us find harmony and inner balance? The answer lies primarily in the roots of Kava and the action of its active ingredients, kavalactones. And to answer it even more precisely: in their cooperation. It is the specific composition of kavalactones – the natural chemotype – that determines the way they affect our body.

Each type of Kava is characterised by a different composition and concentration of active ingredients, so the better we know their natural properties, the more accurately we can choose Kava based on our needs and preferences.

CategoriesCulture

History, traditions and legends intertwined by Kava roots.

The traditions of drinking Kava goes back three thousand years and probably began on the islands of Vanuatu or Tonga. Then it reached Fiji and other islands, eventually covering almost the entire Pacific. In most regions, Kava’s performance was so highly regarded that it was beginning to shape the local culture.

The ritual of preparation and shared drinking performed many social, political, and religious functions. It was an important part of tribal ceremonies and customs: with Kava, for example, unions were formalized, or conflicts were resolved. It also gained an important role in commemorating holidays and celebrations. Kava was drunk by shamans and rulers, and the bowl was passed on in order to reflect the communal hierarchy.

CategoriesCultivation

A treasure hidden underground – the secrets and cultivation of Kava Kava.

Kava Kava, ‘awa, ‘ava, yagona, sakau, methystine pepper (Piper methysticum) are just a few names by which this unique plant is known. For over 3000 years, the people of the Pacific Ocean islands have been using its properties in healing, rituals and social gatherings. The culture of drinking Kava has already left its native islands: Vanuatu, Tonga, Micronesia, Fiji, Samoa, French Polynesia, Hawaii and is conquering the whole world.

Kava belongs to the pepper family. The adult plant is a shrub reaching up to 4.5 m in height, with large, heart-shaped leaves. Although it develops male and female flowers, seed setting is very rare. Kava is most often bred in a vegetative way, which means that the offspring are genetically identical to the parent organism. This allows our growers to maintain a continuous quality of crops, thanks to which the Kavaha brand can be proud of the highest quality of its products.

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Kava Kava. All you need to know.

What is Kava Kava?

Kava is a tropical plant, traditionally grown in the Pacific islands. For over 3,000 years, its roots have been used to prepare a drink with unique benefits, which is also commonly called Kava or Kava Kava. To be more precise, Kava drink is an aqueous extract made from powdered Kava roots, which can be easily prepared by hand at home. So let’s talk about Kava the way it is made: essentially!