Kava Kava Root, also known as Piper methysticum, has mild sedative properties. Piper methysticum, or Kava Kava Root, is a unique herb found in the tropics and contains compounds known as kavalactones. These compounds may help to keep your mind calm, sharp and clear. Kava Kava Root Powder, is quickly becoming one of America's most popular herbal supplements, due to its purported properties as a relaxant.
Piper methysticum, or Kava Kava root, is a member of the pepper family and comes from a bush in the South Pacific. The root stock of Kava Kava Root is also used in parts of the Pacific at traditional social events as a relaxant. Piper methysticum also plays a large role in cultural and religious ceremonies of the Pacific because of its purported ability to allow a person achieve a "higher level of consciousness."