EN on Herbs
August 1998 Issue
Nature's Stress-Buster, Kava, Calms Nerves
Hillary Clinton did it. Queen Elizabeth did it. Even Pope John Paul II did it. During visits to the South Pacific, they each sampled a brew made from kava (Piper methysticum), a shrub in the black pepper family. Kava (also called kava-kava) has been used for centuries by South Pacific islanders in formal ceremonies and social gatherings. Traditionally, the dried root was chewed to a pulp, then mixed with coconut milk or water
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