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Herbex Ltd   ... recommends 100% pure kava powder from dried roots.       What is kava?
Kava (or kava-kava or awa) is a plant that belongs to the pepper family Piperacea, its botanical name is Piper methysticum
The Kava plant grows in tropical areas like a shrub up to 3 metres high with many stems. When young it needs protection from wind and sun. Good places to grow kava are under old coconut trees, on a slope which keeps the soil well-drained. Rich soil with organic matter is preferred. The root of the kava plant is the part that is most preferred, because it has the highest kavalactone content. The plant has a short thick stem and many branches with fresh green oblong leaves.

Piper methysticum is grown on many Pacific Islands of Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia.

Kava is propagated by cuttings that are taken from branches. There are more than 70 cultivars which have different properties and different needs for their cultivation. Some varieties can be grown in areas with high rainfall, others need a dry environment.
Our customers prefer kava that comes from dry areas and appreciate the stronger smell and taste and enjoy the more relaxing and pleasantly calming effects. Kava plants are grown for 2 - 3 years. Harvesting is done by uprooting the whole plant. Roots are thoroughly washed and seperated from stem and branches before they are sun dried. Dry roots are sold as whole or made to a fine powder in a kava pounder.





      

      Kava plant, about two years old


      Why use Kava?
Kava has been known for its calming and stress reducing effects, e/g. to winding down after a demanding working day. Many people used to drink some kind of alcoholic beverage to wind down and slowly became addicted to alcohol. A large number of our customers have changed over to kava and found it more relaxing, non-addictive and beneficial to their health.

There is an increasing number of people who take kava instead of sleeping pills and report of beautiful sleep without any side effects in the morning.
Caution should be advised: Kava and alcohol do not mix! Avoid driving after enjoying kava, you may be too relaxed! If you are pregnant or on medication, speak to your doctor first!
We provide the right quality kava for you to enjoy!

The best raw material is just good enough for our customers.
 
      

      drying the kava roots


Herbex Ltd   Kava in Fiji   
In Fiji kava (we call it grog) is widely consumed as a social drink, sometimes at work and during traditional ceremonies. The 'grog' is made from dried and powdered parts of the kava plant. The powder is put into a fine fabric and kneaded in a bowl (tanoa) of water. The fine kava powder particles move through the fabric and mix with the water. Coarse particles remain in the fabric. The grog is ready when most of the fine kava particles have dissolved in the water. Grog is drunk out of the 'bilo' this is a polished half coconut shell. This procedure is repeated every evening when friends and families gather on verandahs to enjoy their daily tanoa of grog.


   
      Kava
        use in
      Fiji.
Herbex Ltd   Kava Plants   
We are often asked to sell kava plants. We would really love to do this, however the cultivation is not easy. Kava is propagated from cuttings of kava branches. They need high temperatures and high humidity all year round to thrive. This is only possible in tropical climates, where sugar cane, coconut, mahogany and similar plants grow. Kava leaves are host for a fungus that could devastate sugar cane plantations. They exist in most tropical countries therefore kava plants can not easily brought into such countries.
If you intend to buy kava plants from us, then you need to inquire first with your plant protection authority in your country. They are often part of Customs, Health or Agriculture Departments. Their officers need to issue a Plant Import Permit which you should send to us. This permit tells us how to treat kava plants before we can send them to you. Such treatment often requires us to bare wash the roots and dip the plant in pestizide solutions.
After such treatment many kava plants might die and we will not give any guarantee for the plants to survive. Kava plants have fleshy, soft roots that will break easily when washed.
After all we do not recommend to purchase kava plants, unless they can be left in their containers and exported with soil.


   
      

      One Year Old Kava Plant