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Kava

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  • I love Kiwiherb! Finding something that worked so well, and was safe for my daughter when she was at an age where she couldn't have all other medicines, it was such a great help! And now I use nothing else
    – Alyssa Francis-King
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    – Bridgette Robinson
  • My wife and I have been using this product for years and they are amazing and work fantastic!!! We have the all the children's stuff including the echinature, chest syrup, throats syrup and the De-stuff!!! Absolutely amazing products We love them
    – Craig Hume
  • Brought a bottle of children's chest syrup and it works like magic no more coughing during the night. Also my son loves the taste
    – Philippa Quigley
  • I brought a bottle of De-stuff for my 11 month old daughter yesterday who has had a runny nose for the last 5 days, I've been wiping her nose constantly but after 2 doses of De-stuff I've only had to wipe her nose twice today. I wish I'd known about this sooner. I will be using this straight away in the future
    – Melissa Bayne
  • Received a bottle of children's chest syrup to trial and what can I say it's magic in a bottle!! After a single dose they didn’t cough the whole night which meant a better sleep for everyone after two days they were so much better and they liked the taste which is great, can't wait to try more of your products
    – Daniella Bhagat
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  • I'm not often inspired enough to go seek out a brand's Facebook page just to give them my positive feedback - in fact this is the first time ever. I just wanted to express how much I love the children's cough syrup, it's always worked wonders on my kids - it's now taken to the next level with the inclusion of the syringe which is long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle - hurray! It's always been the bane of my mum-life trying to reach the medicine when the bottles have run low with syringes that aren't long enough - thank you!
    – Melissa White

Kava

Botanical name: Piper methysticum
Common name: Kava, Kava-kava, Awa, Ava
Part used: Root

The first description to the western world of the ceremonial use of an intoxicating beverage prepared from Kava was made by Captain James Cook following his Pacific voyage in 1768. The drink, prepared as an infusion in an elaborate manner after first chewing the root, is consumed on formal occasions or meetings of village elders and chiefs, as well as in reconciling with enemies and on a more social basis. It remains an important social custom in many Pacific Island countries today.

Most of the islands of the Pacific possessed Kava prior to European contact, particularly those encompassed by Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. The botanical name for Kava originates from the Latin for pepper (Piper) and Latinised Greek ‘intoxicating’  (methysiticum). After drinking the Kava beverage a pleasantly relaxed and sociable state develops, after which a deep and restful sleep occurs.

German and American studies have established Kava as a safe, non-addictive anti-anxiety agent with an efficacy comparable to benzodiazepine drugs such as Valium. While mildly euphoric effects can be produced after large doses, several studies have shown that moderate doses generally do not impair reaction time and in fact may slightly improve it. 

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