Keep Calm and Kava On

Published on October 07, 2019

In the fast-paced nature of today’s busy world, it can feel like stress is unavoidable. Finding a moment of peace may be a challenge, but luckily herbs are our allies—especially the ones that can support a healthy response to stress.*

The History of Kava

It’s believed that Kava originated on the archipelago of Vanuatu, whose name means “The Land Eternal.” Kava has been domesticated throughout the Oceanic region, which includes Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. It is found in places referred to by many as "paradise," including Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, and Hawaii, where it is called Awa.

A member of the Pepper family, this South Pacific root has been brewed into a calming tea that has been used for centuries in different ceremonies promoting social, cultural, and religious enhancement.* Oceanic cultures revere this plant, and its importance to them is much deeper than support for relaxation.*

Kava bars serving tea made from this root have started popping up all over the country, showing this revered herb has been gaining mainstream acceptance and popularity.

Our Favorite Kava-Containing Products

Kava plant in nature

At Gaia Herbs, our Kava is wild cultivated on the Vanuatu Islands. The plants are propagated and managed in the dense forests of these remote tropical islands, simulating the environment in which it is naturally found. They are then brought to our facility, where it is tested to meet our standards of purity, potency, and integrity. Our attention to quality begins with fingerprinting our Kava as Piper methysticum, rather than Piper wichmanii, or Tudei Kava. Due to a higher potential for negative effects with this more potent, wild variety, we focus on safety and efficacy in our Kava, so choose to use the Piper methysticum variety in our products. All of this can be seen with the unique ID number that comes with each Kava product at Meet Your Herbs®, the world’s first herb traceability platform.

Kava Root

Our single herb formula, Kava Root, is great for busy professionals and anyone dealing with ongoing stress.* This helps to support a sense of calm and relaxation, and is great to use at home, in the office, or while traveling.*

Kava Root, Extra Strength

Similar to our standard single herb formula, Kava Root, Extra Strength has 50.0 mg of Kavalactones, versus 37.5 mg. Kavalactones are the active compounds found in the Kava Root.1 This formula is great for those who deal with ongoing stress to restore equilibrium.*

Sound Sleep®

Made with Kava, Passionflower, and Gaia-grown™ American Skullcap and California Poppy, Sound Sleep® is ideal for those who find bedtime to be a challenge.* This product helps to support relaxation and prepares the body for a restful sleep.*

Turmeric Supreme Pain P.M.

We combined our best-selling herb, Turmeric, with Kava, Feverfew, and Ginger to create a formula to help you enjoy a good night of rest.* Turmeric Supreme Pain P.M. helps to support nighttime comfort and relief from occasional pain due to normal daily wear and tear.*

Valerian Poppy Supreme

Valerian Poppy Supreme is perfect to help you unwind from the day.* With a blend of California Poppy, Valerian, Kava, and Mugwort, this formula supports peaceful sleep.*

Take Time to Unwind

Woman practicing yoga to unwind

As life continues to get busy, remember to make time to slow down and unwind. Simply checking in with yourself throughout the day and taking three deep breaths can go a long way. If you need a little extra help, Kava may support your overall well-being, and help you find the peaceful feeling that you deserve.*


1Neuroprotective properties of kavalactones. US National Library of Medicine: National Institutes of Health.