The Mind of Makaira

Cultural Uses of Pepper Plants

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

Cultural Uses of Pepper Plants

Aloha everyone, and I hope this post finds you well! It’s a hot, dry midsummer in Hawaii, and as always, I’m grateful to have plenty of quenching ‘awa on hand to refresh me after a hard day of work on the farm! Long-time visitors to this blog know that besides all things kava, one of my foremost passions is reading and research; I still take every opportunity to educate myself on the history, botany and culture surrounding this wonderful plant and its origins. One thing that’s been on my mind recently is the connection between kava and its botanical relatives in the pepper genus, Piper. No...

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Yummy Recipes with Our Organic Maca Root!

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in The Mind of Makaira | 1 comment

Yummy Recipes with Our Organic Maca Root!

Aloha, dear readers, and I hope this article finds you brimming with energy to face everything the summer will bring! Of course, even as the days get longer and warmer, I know not all of us feel as vigorous as we’d like; the stress of managing our daily affairs and busy schedules can leave even the most enthusiastic people in need of a pick-me-up! That’s why I thought it might be time for a change of pace. If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you already know that kava kava has many wonderful benefits for reducing that daily stress load and helping one to unwind… but what about...

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The Strange Case of Fake Kava

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

The Strange Case of Fake Kava

As any long-time reader of this blog knows, I am constantly on the lookout for any news stories about kava kava. I have been blessed to learn so much about kava kava’s traditional uses outside of my home islands, the developing research on her health benefits, and her emergence at long last as an accepted herbal medicine among many Western health practitioners. Yet in all the years I’ve been reading and writing about kava, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a story as surprising as the curious case of fake kava which I’m about to relate to you all below. 1996 was an exciting year in many...

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How Does Kava Relieve Muscle Tension?

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in The Mind of Makaira | 1 comment

How Does Kava Relieve Muscle Tension?

As you may recall, a few months back I wrote a post investigating whether kava could make up a healthy part of an exercise routine, as a post-exercise tonic for relaxing and repairing muscles. The more I delved into these positive associations of kava and exercise, the more I began to wonder, how does kava relieve muscle tension and help relax muscles? Physical Mag Online has started recommending kava as a pre-game tonic for athletes who have a competition the next day, noting that it promotes refreshing, restful sleep, calm focus, as well as relaxes muscles to keep them limber and ready for...

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Kava Kava’s Anti-Cancer Potential

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in The Mind of Makaira | 1 comment

Kava Kava’s Anti-Cancer Potential

Aloha, dear readers: it is with a joyous heart that I bring to you the latest research into kava kava’ s potential benefits for treating two types of cancer. Yes, you read that right—not only can it relieve the burden of chronic stress* (and its known detriments to health), researchers now think kava kava may have anti-cancer potential!! This news could be revolutionary for how we treat one of the most dreaded diagnoses of the modern age. I am absolutely elated at the findings and am waiting eagerly to hear the results of further studies! In fact, I may even need to calm down with a little...

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Is Kava Kava Addictive?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in The Mind of Makaira | 1 comment

Is Kava Kava Addictive?

Aloha, everyone, Makaira here! As the days unroll into Hawaii’s warm, wet summers, duties on the farm may beckon me away from this blog more often than I’d like… but I’ll still make time whenever I can to post on kava and all its interesting aspects! Today, I thought I’d tackle a question more than a few people have asked us at Kona Kava Farm over the years: is kava addictive? My short yet emphatic answer is no—kava is absolutely non-addictive. To be honest, this question has never made much sense to me: just because a substance or activity generates pleasurable effects doesn’t mean one is...

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