So I’m the type of person who gets really tense and headache-y from stress sometimes, and as such, I usually like to drink a cup of herbal tea to relax. I have chamomile tea, which works pretty well, but doesn’t relax my muscles as much as I’d like. When I went to the store yesterday, I saw a tea specifically designed for stress relief and muscle relaxation; it was made from kava. I considered buying it, but was a little wary of the massive list of contraindications on the box, so I didn’t.
I’m reconsidering buying it though. I would like to be able to relax as much as one does from drinking a glass or two of wine, but I can’t stand alcohol and won’t drink the stuff. From what I’ve researched (with the almighty Wikipedia :p), kava seems to have effects comparable to alcohol.
Has anyone else here drank kava tea, or used it for this purpose? Does it work better or worse than other herbal teas or wine? Did it ever have any unexpected effects? Is there anything I really should know about it, in order to make that decision? For the record, if I were to get it, I wouldn’t be a “recreational” user; I would use it sparingly, and only one cup at a time.
Thanks for your attention!