Kava

Staying Calm in a Stressed-Out World

Staying Calm in a Stressed-Out World We’ve had a lot to stress out about in the last few years: COVID-19, lockdowns, loss of income, not to mention the polarizing politics that have dominated the media…  Unfortunately, all of this stress has led to some very severe consequences.  According to Mental Health America (MHA), which screened 1.5 million individuals in 2020, the number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression has skyrocketed.  From January to September 2020, 315,220 people took the MHA...

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How Kava Helps Reduce Poverty in Fiji

The Role of Kava in Fiji’s Society and Economy Kava is one of the chief exports in Fiji next to sugar, garments, gold, fish and mineral water, and it significantly contributes to Fiji’s social and economic development. Kava provides employment, enhances livelihoods and reduces poverty. This is important because, like other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Fiji has limited entrepreneurial opportunities. In a 2017 paper published in The Journal of Pacific Studies, author Associate Professor Manoranjan Mohanty details the role of...

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Kava Q & A

Kava Q & A What is kava? Kava (Piper methysticum) is a tall evergreen shrub in the pepper family native to the South Pacific Islands. Traditionally, kava has been used as a ceremonial drink, consumed to bring about a state of relaxation during rituals and social gatherings. Kava is typically prepared by mixing crushed kava root with water or coconut milk.  What’s the difference between mind kava and body kava? If you visit a kava bar, you may be given the option of...

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