What is Kava?

Kava root is found across the South Pacific which has been celebrated for thousands of years for its relaxing, healing properties. 

The root of the kava plant is ground down into a fine powder and mixed with water. This traditional kava preperation is very earthy tasting and described by locals as bitter; at Leilo we have made kava taste great!

Each island nation has its own origin myth for kava, with most agreeing that the powerful plant was bestowed upon its peoples by the gods. South Pacific explorers took the kava plant far and wide as they explored neighboring islands, leading to the abundance and variety of kava strains present today.

Kava is known to lessen daily stressors and promote relaxation. Locals consume kava daily to decompress and socialize with their community – it is not a coincidence that many of the kava-drinking nations rank among the world’s happiest.

Kava is a beverage made from the Piper methysticum plant which has been used for thousands of years in the South Pacific.
The name "kava" comes from the Polynesian word "awa," which means bitter. Chemicals called kavalactones that are found in kava are the active ingredients powering the effects kava is known for.

Kavalactones, the key compound in kava, aid in relaxing the brain and body as they are absorbed. Kava is known for its reverse tolerance – meaning one processes kavalactones faster and more efficiently with continued use over time.

Whereas other functional products are known to impair mental cognition, kava facilitates clear-headed calm. This allows consumers to appreciate its relaxing effects without concern for productivity or the morning after.

Leilo sources kava directly from Vanuatu, the world’s largest kava-exporting nation. All of our kava is lab-tested and processed in the USA before distribution.