Kava, Passionflower, Lemon Balm, Chamomile

About Kava

Kava is as effective as anti-anxiety medications and has fewer tolerance issues. Its short term use is well established and long term seems viable despite a few rare adverse events (possible interactions). Additional herbs with anti-anxiety effects are chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, and bacopa monnieri.

Possible Interactions

Natures Elixir

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$24.99 (90 caps)

Other Kava & Anti-Anxiety Herb Options
Recommended Kava Dose
"For anxiolytic activity the recommended doses are 50–70 mg kavalactones two to four times per day" (Bilia, Gallori, and Vincieri, 2002). In capsule form kava is usually standardized to a certain kavalactone percentage as seen in the first recommended product below. With kava in its natural or powder form dosing is more difficult, so it should be used with discretion and not overconsumed. Also, kava derived from the root is the safest (Teschke and Schulze, 2010).

Kava Capsules
120 caps 75mg kavalactones each

Chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, trytophan, and more
60 caps

Kava Powder
1 lb

180 caps 1100mg each

Chamomile Capsules
100 caps 350mg each

Lemon Balm Capsules
200 caps 500mg each

Kava, Chamomile, Valerian, Lavender
40g Tea

Chamomile Tea
16 oz bag

*A note on Kava's rare liver hepatoxicity events: It is very rare, but there have been a few cases of toxic liver disease that may be linked to kava consumption (Stevinson, Huntley, and Ernst, 2002; Teschke, Gaus, and Loew, 2003). If you have any liver issues kava might not be a great option. Some recommend it not be used long term because of these rare events. That being said, many studies as shown above cite its safety and tolerability. Still, use with discretion.

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