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Now that Halloween is around the corner, we start contemplating all the mystical aspects of nature. Many healing traditions around the world know that plants are infused with energy and spirit that not only have the power to transform and heal — but a personality all their own. There are particular plants around the world that have demonstrated themselves loud and clear due to their potent spirits. These "Master Plants" are deeply revered, and to this day, used for special spiritual ceremonies to get into meditative states. In honor and celebration of these Scorpionic times, we are celebrating the magical brew of Kava Kava. 

Kava Kava (Piper Methysticum) is an old witch's brew known to contain euphoric and sedating qualities. An exquisite tonic to the nervous system, it also relaxes the spirit and nourishes the body with calm energy. This glorified root has been used by shamans, yogi’s, sorcerers and witches, to tap into an entrancing state of being and contact with ancestors. It is also a great source for pain relief, as many people have used the root to calm acute and chronic pain. Kava is an emotional leveler, providing an overall sense of serenity and well-being. It also relieves fatigue and is mentally stimulating. 

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Mystical Potion

2-3 Tbsp of powdered Kava

1-1.5 cups of water (*increase dosage if needed)

Cook down for 20 min.

Physical: muscle relaxant, sedative.

Emotional: helps you detach from drama and emotional baggage.

Spiritual: elevates the mind to higher states of meditation.

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Adriana Ayales is a Founding Creator and botanist. When she's not writing for Vivala.com, you can find her at the apothecary Botica & Co. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.