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Kava vs Kratom. What’s the Difference?

Kava and Kratom are both entheogens primarily consumed in the form of a powder mixed with water. Both produce generally relaxing effects in those that consume them. Here, however, is where the similarities end.

Kava, from the Piper Methysticum plant, is a non-addictive substance that has been used for thousands of years throughout the South Pacific, while Kratom (from the Mitragyna speciosa plant) is an opioid-derived drug that is considered addictive, and does not have thousands of years of use to back it up.

In this article, I’ll compare Kava vs Kratom, and touch on the most important aspects of each to consider.

Kava vs Kratom

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Bula Kava House Nangol Kava Review

Bula Kava House has long been one of the best Kava sources on the web, as well as for those who are lucky enough to live in the Portland, OR area. They have been selling a variety of Kavas through their website for a while, and I have frequently purchased their wares. They have just recently started selling their Nangol Kava on Amazon, and as their Kava is available through Amazon Prime, gone are any shipping issues that were sometimes present when ordering directly from BKH. This article is a Nangol Kava Review and looks at the quality, potency, and experience of this Kava.

Quick Summary: the Nangol is really quite nice, though unfortunately, it’s not the most cost-effective Kava out there!

Bula Kava House Nangol Kava Review
Bula Kava House Nangol Kava Review

Meditation Practice

Best Tingsha Bells

Tingsha cymbals and bells are a pair of metal chimes attached together by a string. When struck together, these two pieces produce a beautiful, melodic tone that slowly dissipates. This tone is quite calming and often helpful for starting or ending your daily meditation or yoga practice.

Best Tingsha Bells

After a thorough examination of several Tingsha Bells and Cymbals available online, I’ve found that the Juccini Tingsha Cymbals Tibetan Buddhist Lucky Symbol Embossed Meditation Yoga Bell Chimes are the best Tingsha Bells available. I’ve chosen these chimes due to the overall excellent sound quality, outstanding customer service, the money-back guarantee that the company offers, and the rave reviews from customers.

For a complete review of the Juccini Tinghsa Bells, see the Product Reviews section below.

Last update on 2023-09-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Best Kava on Amazon

Kava is a South Pacific beverage that is rapidly growing in popularity due to its pleasant, relaxing effects. It is now available locally in many stores. But with a few exceptions, most of the Kava available in local stores is of poor quality, with no sourcing information, few details on strains, chemotypes, etc. As online sales have become more and more popular, it’s quite easy to get high-quality Kava in a variety of forms online. And when we all think of online shopping, the first word that comes to mind is Amazon. Yes, there are several outstanding Kavas available on Amazon!

In this article, I will look at the Best Kava on Amazon, highlight some of the outstanding options easily available, and also point out a few of the reasons I would shy away from some of the more questionable Kavas on Amazon as well.

I have broken down the article to a quick TL;DR identification of the best Kavas on Amazon, depending on the format. From there, I discuss the various formats of Kava and the pros and cons of each. Then I look into each format and point to high-quality Kavas on Amazon. Lastly, I discuss a few tips for avoiding some of the lower quality Kavas out there.

Ground Dua Na Bilo Kava, the Best Kava on Amazon
Ground Dua Na Bilo Kava, the Best Kava on Amazon
Meditation Group

Best Meditation Cushion. 6 Top Yoga Bolster Reviews!

Sitting in the same position for extended periods of time can be taxing on the body — just ask anyone who works in an office! Meditation and Yoga are no different, and if you’re constantly distracted by discomfort, it can be difficult to find your breath and to get into the zone. There are many options available for meditation cushions that can help your practice be more comfortable, and it can be difficult to weed through the plethora of offerings to decide on the best meditation cushion.

Best Meditation Cushion

Best Meditation Cushion: Brentwood Crystal Cove

After looking at several cushions, I have picked the Brentwood Home Crystal Cove Meditation Cushion as the top choice. This cushion provides ample room to sit, and is a great height at 6 inches tall. It is attractive and functional, providing a sturdy yet comfortable place to sit for those long meditation sessions.

Brentwood Home Crystal Cove Meditation Cushion, Buckwheat Zafu Oval Floor Pillow, Made in California
  • Great for meditators and yogis of all skill levels...
  • Meditation pillow with modern, round design with...
  • A GOTS Certified organic cotton inner liner holds...
  • Sturdy carry handle for easy transport from your...
  • Natural buckwheat fill makes it heavier and...

Last update on 2023-09-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Dua Na Bilo Kava Review Fijian Waka Powder

Dua Na Bilo’s Fijian Waka grade Kava is one of the more interesting Kavas available on Amazon. It is really a high-quality choice, and rather unique. Dua Na Bilo is made up of only Lawena roots, or the lateral roots, and has been tested to be purely noble. This article is a careful look into this Kava, a Dua Na Bilo Kava Review, and an explanation of what makes this Kava special.

Dua Na Bilo’s Fijian Kava comes from Savusavu, Fiji, and is a variety known as Yalu.

“Dua Na Bilo” is Fijian for “Pass Me a Shell”, and after enjoying some of this Kava, I encourage you all to share it with each other, as this is Good. Stuff!

Dua Na Bilo Kava Review
Dua Na Bilo Kava Review
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How to Make Kava: The Definitive Guide

For thousands of years, Kava has been consumed across the south pacific. Typically, this consumption would have been of fresh Kava that had been harvested very recently. With the invasion of modernity and the commercialization of Kava across the world, Kava has been dried and ground up for international consumption. The methods of preparation have changed as well, and depending on the type of kava chosen and the preparation equipment used, there are several different paths you can take to get the most potent kava you can.

This article outlines several different preparation methods and explains how to make kava in a variety of ways.


What’s Up with the Kava Hangover?

Some who have enjoyed the pleasant vibes of Kava root a little too much have awakened the next day to find that physical and mental effects are still present. These lethargic, foggy effects are commonly known as the “kava hangover”. A kava hangover feels totally different than an alcohol hangover and is usually much less negative. But it can make you feel slow and low.

This article explores the causes, symptoms, impacts, and details of the kava hangover. And of course, we discuss how to get rid of the hangover!

Kava Hangover Source: Flickr
Kava Hangover Source: Flickr


Best Singing Bowl for Yoga and Meditation

Singing Bowls are beautiful instruments, works for art, and objects to bring focus to those doing yoga, meditation, and the like. These bowls are played by running a wooden mallet around the lip of the bowl, producing a resonant, ringing tone that helps calm the mind and bring serenity.

After looking at several top singing bowls available online, I’ve found that the best is the Thamelmart Tibetan-Style Singing Bowl.

Best Singing Bowl

Thamelmart 6

The Thamelmart 6″ Tibetan-style singing bowl [Amazon Link] is the best singing bowl for many looking for a pure, resonant tone with handmade Nepali quality.

These bowls are made by hand in Nepal of seven metals, and the set includes a pillow and wooden striker wand. They are loud, pure-toned, beautiful, and quite calming. They are an excellent choice for a meditation bowl, and are easily available to buy online.

Last update on 2023-09-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

For a complete review of the Thamelmart 6″ hand-hammered bowl, see below.

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Wakacon Kava Review: Lawena Kava

Wakacon Kava is one of the most ubiquitous brands of Kava available online, primarily due to the fact that it is sold on Amazon.com (at a good price, too!). Wakacon sells two types of Kava, the Fijian Waka [Amazon Link] and Fijian Lawena [Amazon Link]. Both of these Kavas are of the traditional variety, and made up of ground roots, which are made into a tea, and traditionally strained through a strainer bag or other straining method, and then drank.

In this article, I will do a Wakacon Kava Review, specifically of the Fijian Lawena, look closely at this type of Kava, identify its effects, consider who it is good for, and whether or not it is worth purchasing.

Wakacon Kava Review Fijian Lawena Bag
Wakacon Kava Review Fijian Lawena Bag

Fiji Paradise

Herb Pharm Kava Review Root Extract

Herb Pharm Kava root extract [Amazon Link] is one of the more popular kava root extracts available on the market today. It is made from kava root (piper methysticum) sourced in Vanuatu from plants aged 4-8 years old. The kava is extracted, using organic cane alcohol, into a format that can be imbibed with a simple dropper system from a bottle.

It advertised as “calming and stabilizing”, which is a set of effects that Kava is certainly capable of providing. Herb Pharm Kava Extract is sold in health food stores, vitamin shops, department stores, Amazon, etc. What is this stuff, what is it made of, does it do anything, and is it worth buying?

In this article, I will take a close look at this extract and its effects, do a Herb Pharm Kava Review, and give my thoughts in the conclusion.

Herb Pharm Kava Kava Extract

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Kava Dermopathy – Everything you need to know

Kava kava root drinks have been enjoyed by humans throughout the South Pacific for thousands of years, with few noticeable side effects or annoying issues. One of the common unwanted side effects of kava is a certain type of itchy, rashy, scaly skin called Kava Dermopathy. Many users do not encounter this side effect (I personally have never had it), but it is not uncommon, and fortunately, it goes away fairly quickly upon cessation of kava use.

In this article, we will look in some detail as to what Kava Dermopathy is, what appears to cause it, and what to do if you find yourself with it.

Kava Dermopathy - Image Source: DermNet New Zealand
Kava Dermopathy – Image Source: DermNet New Zealand