The Mind of Makaira

Kava Kava’s Anti-Cancer Potential

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

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 | 0 comments

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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Kava and Other Hawaiian Crops

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

Kava and Other Hawaiian Crops

I feel blessed every day to live on Hawaii: the island’s semi-tropical climate ensures there isn’t so much as a growing season as an all-year growing extravaganza for so many diverse Hawaiian crops! Many of these crops have been delicious and nutritious staples of our indigenous cuisine for centuries; I certainly can’t imagine cooking somewhere I couldn’t get fresh papaya, taro, and pineapple at all times! Now that refrigeration and air shipping have made Hawaiian produce available on the mainland, some crops like Kona coffee, pineapples, and macadamia nuts have come to represent the essence...

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Kava Kava and Valerian Root

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

Kava Kava and Valerian Root

Aloha, dear readers, and welcome to a very trendy topic in the world of kava—herbal kava combinations, that is!. For instance, our Kavalovetone Capsules blend kava kava and valerian root, lemon balm, passionflower and other time-tested relaxing herbs, and there is a growing public curiosity in these combinations and the relaxing synergy they can provide. In the interest of keeping our customers as informed as possible, I thought I’d go a little more in depth about the popular combination of kava kava and valerian root and the uses of both of these valuable herbs! Kava kava (Piper...

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Traditional Uses of Kava Leaves

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Featured, The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

Traditional Uses of Kava Leaves

Hi everyone, Makaira here! I hope you’re all keeping healthy, happy and enjoying the frosty days! Though on Hawaii it never gets too chilly, I often find the changing weather can be tough on our beloved kava plants as the sun recedes and the winter rains set in. On the farm, we all have to work hard to nourish and care for our plants in their entirety, from roots to vines to leaves. The challenging physical work of managing the farm often makes me contemplative, and lately I’ve been mulling a question many of you out there may also have—are kava leaves good for anything? Of course, such a...

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Holiday Kava Drink Recipes

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Featured, The Mind of Makaira | 0 comments

Holiday Kava Drink Recipes

Aloha, everyone! As many of you know, I believe the possibilities of kava drinks are endless, and the traditional brew made with plain water is only the tip of the iceberg. As the winter holidays approach and the days get colder, I thought it might be the perfect time to put a spin on some cold-weather classics with holiday kava drink recipes. Most people don’t exactly think of kava as tasty, but add creamy coconut, almond or dairy milk and scrumptious flavorings such as cocoa powder, cinnamon and vanilla, and you have a delicious holiday beverage that will make you feel as good as it...

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