5 Ways to Enjoy Kava With Loved Ones
Are you looking for a way to unwind on the weekend without the dreaded crawl home or blurry uber ride? Maybe you’re a regular kava drinker, but want to try a new way of taking your daily dose. Either way, we’ve got plenty of suggestions to help you decide what you can do this weekend with your loved ones, whether you’d like to stay at home or head out into the world.
A Drink Rooted In Community
You may have heard of the popular Pacific drink, but what is it, and what does it do? Kava, also known as yaqona, is a Pacific Island-native root that has been used for centuries for its relaxing effects. Those who drink kava say it produces pleasant, mind-clearing, euphoric effects without side effects, making it a much healthier way to relax on the weekend than alcohol or other drugs.
If you’re ready for a clean way to relax and let go, kava has your back. In fact, kava is one of the most well-documented medicinal herbs that exist today that contains virtually no side effects. Of course, one should always take care not to consume anything in excess. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy kava with loved ones.
At A Kava Bar
Kava bars are well-known for their openness and sense of community, and if you haven’t been to one, we recommend you go. While we may be a little biased, we think everyone should have their first bula at a kava lounge like ours! There are many reasons people attend kava bars, from the chilled-out ambiance to the friendly and helpful staff, you’ll never feel out of place. Even for solo attendees, someone will almost always strike up a conversation with you. If you’re looking for a place to hang out with a group of friends or somewhere to go on a date, a kava bar is a great place to relax and chat, play a board game, or enjoy an event.
If you’re not ready to venture out into the world for your first (or hundredth) kava drink, that’s fine! You can enjoy kava at home by making a kava tea, or adding kava powder to a smoothie or milkshake for your pals. You could even replicate the traditional kava ceremony with your friends right in your living room with some makeshift cups! The whole point is simply to be together and connect, so make some memories and enjoy the moment.
On The Beach
Kava originated in the Pacific Islands, so it is fitting that it be enjoyed at least once on the beach. Kava is said to have soothing effects on the mind and body, so have a sip and relax while you watch the waves roll in and out. You can bring some beach towels and make it a picnic or bathing suits to feel the saltwater on your skin. Either way, you’ll feel more connected with the serenity than ever before.
On A Date
Kava’s effects also help ease social anxiety, which may help you overcome that new-date nervousness. One of the lesser-known effects of kava is that the plant is a natural aphrodisiac, which makes it the perfect drink to sip on a date. According to Kalm With Kava, “early legends of kava’s discovery and use in the South Pacific certainly include stories of kava’s pleasure-inducing properties. More recently, a 2013 University of Melbourne study found that kava significantly improved women’s libido.” Perhaps your local kava bar is the perfect spot for a fifth date!
A Traditional Kava Ceremony
Kava is rooted in the cultures of many Pacific islanders, so it is important to know the traditional ritual steps. When entering a Fijian village or home, you’re expected to be dressed modestly, with your shoulders and knees covered. A long skirt, dress, pants and a shirt, or other such clothing would be fine. It’s considered an honor to be welcomed into a village for a kava ceremony, so bring a gift for the chief; typically, people can bring kava roots to present. The group will sit cross-legged in a circle together across from the bowl, called the tanoa. The group will then be introduced. The kava roots are ground and prepared in the traditional way in warm water with a canvas bag. Once the root has been thoroughly worked into the water, the serving begins. Kava is usually served in a half-coconut shell called a bilo. Before drinking the beverage, clap once and say “Bula!”, which is Fijian for “hello” or “life”. Try to drink the kava in one gulp, then follow with three more claps. Say “Maca!” (pronounced ‘ma-tha’) to signal that you are finished.
Have A Question?
With roots in the Pacific Islands dating over 3,000 years back, kava is one of the most well-known herbal medicines today. Kava is thought to have benefits as a natural anxiety-reducer, sleep aid, and stress relief. Our kava is made with the highest-quality roots and ingredients to promote wellness in our customers. When taken as directed, Kava is a safe and healthy way to relax the mind and body. We want to make sure that each of our customers is safe and happy when they visit our lounge, so if you ever have any questions or concerns about what you are consuming, please don’t be afraid to ask! We want your experience with Elixir Lounge to be one of community and love, not uncertainty or fear.
Join Our Tribe
At Elixir Lounge, we strive to provide a wholesome atmosphere where anyone can enjoy a bilo and feel like family. If you’re looking for a way to unwind on the weekend without the risks of alcohol in a socially inviting and exciting space, Elixir Lounge is the place for you! With many kava drinks, elixir teas, CBD products, and more, we have something for everyone. If you have any questions, you can soon find us crafting bulas at our bar, or call us at 801-706-1929, or send us an email at ElixirLoungeiah@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!