In an effort to makeup for my lack of creative tea drinking last week, I decided to dive headlong into my stash of “yet to be tasted” teas. This morning, I decided to try another Yogi Tea donated by a friend from work.
Composition: Carob Pod, Indian Sarsaparilla Root, Organic Cinnamon Bark, Organic Ginger Root, Barley Malt, Kava Root Extract(Kavalactones 30%), Organic Cardamom Seed, Natural Hazelnut Flavor, Stevia Leaf, Natural Licorice Flavor,Natural Cinnamon Oil.
Dry Visual: Brownish in color with white flecks. Not a loose tea, the bag is fairly dense thus my visual experience was not the best.
Special Note: After reading the back of the package containing the tea bag as well as the Yogi Tea website, the following warning is present: “Ask a healthcare professional before use if you have or have had liver problems, frequently use alcoholic beverages or are taking any medication. Not for use by persons under 18 years of age or by pregnant or breast-feeding women.”
What is KAVA Root Extract?
Yogi Tea’s website contains a glossary of herbs. The site states that Kava Root is one of the herbs in the world that has been thoroughly studied as a muscle relaxant. As a relaxant, it will produce a state of “relaxed unconcern”. This mild, effective herb helps with daily anxiety and will induce sleep at bedtime. As a pain reliever, it treats minor pain effectively. Kava excels at treating menopause symptoms, bringing substantial reductions in hot flashes and balancing mood. Additionally, after consulting Wikipedia, I learned that Kava is considered a legal intoxicant in many countries and if consumed before driving can cause a DUI citation. It is a tranquilizer primarily consumed to relax without disrupting mental clarity. In some parts of the Western World, kava extract is marketed as herbal medicine against stress, insomnia, and anxiety. I have been unable to substantiate the menopause claims.
References: Kava. (2008, May 13). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 01:59, May 14, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kava&oldid=212060848
Kava. (2008, May 13). In Yogi Tea Herb Glossary. Retrieved may 13, 2008, from http://yogitea.com/Pages/HerbGlossary.html#Kava