The world we live in is often very busy and demanding. As a consequence, an increasing number of people suffer from stress, anxiety, and sleeping problems.
This has led to huge consumption of sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and other medicines that also have serious side effects and great potential for addiction.
If you are looking for a good-tasting tea with a nice relaxing effect, Yogi Tea Kava Tea could be the right product for you.
A blend of tasty herbs and kava root extract creates a combination that many people have found useful for calming down and relieving stress.
Yogi’s stress relief tea with kava extract promises to offer a natural remedy to relieve your stress and help with relaxing.
But is it really effective, and how does it taste? Are there any side effects?
Can this tea even make you high?
Continue reading my review of Yogi Tea Kava Stress Relief to find out everything you need to know about this product.
I recommend that you also check out my Yogi Bedtime Tea Review — another popular and relaxing blend from this excellent brand.
Yogi Tea Kava Stress Relief Tea Bags
- Price: click here to check price on Amazon
- Amount: 96 tea bags
- Type: organic herbal tea blend
Yogi Kava Tea Ingredients
Yogi Kava tea is a mix of herbs with kava extract added for a relaxing effect. The bitter and earthy taste of the kava root is quite unpleasant, and the purpose of the other ingredients is to create a more tasty and enjoyable beverage.
Kava Root Extract
Kava tree (Piper methysticum) is a small tree that is grown in the Pacific Islands. The roots of this plant have been traditionally used for making a drink that helps with relaxing and sleeping.
The active ingredients of kava root are called kavalactones. They create a sedative effect that is not addictive and doesn’t affect your mental clarity. You could say that it gives you a kinda high but you are still sober.
Here is a great video about kava root and the traditional way to use it:
One tea bag of Yogi Tea Kava Stress Relief contains 78mg of kava root extract.
This is not a very large dose, as many clinical trials are conducted with a daily dose of 300mg of kava extract. However, a study from 2014 found that a dosage as low as 50mg of kava extract, taken three times a day, was effective for treating anxiety.
When you brew the tea, not all of the kava extract will be dissolved into the water. We can assume that approximately 50mg of the extract will be dissolved in a cup of tea.
This corresponds to the amount used in the study mentioned earlier.
Is the amount of kava root extract in a cup of Yogi kava tea enough to produce any effect?
This depends on how sensitive you are to the kavalactones. If one cup is not enough, you can always drink two cups (or even three), or use two tea bags to brew your cup of tea.
I will describe the effects I experienced with this product later in the article.
In addition to the kava root extract, this tea contains several other herbal ingredients.
Each tea bag has about 2 grams of a herbal blend that includes organic herbs such as carob pod, sarsaparilla root, cinnamon bark, ginger, cardamom, and stevia. In addition, there are some natural flavorings and other ingredients.
The instructions on the package suggest boiling water and steeping the tea bag for 7 minutes.
I prepared the tea according to the instructions and the result was a cup of tea with a nice brownish color. I also used two spoons and squeezed the tea bag between them in order to extract all of the liquid from the tea bag and into the glass to maximize the strength of the tea.
Taste and Aroma
When I opened one of the individually packaged tea bags, I could smell a nice aroma of different spices.
After brewing the tea, the steam evaporating from the cup creates a nice and relaxing scent that invites to taste it. I could taste the notes of licorice clearly, and the unpleasant bitterness of kava root is not strong at all.
The various ingredients of this tea produce an infusion that has a delicious and a bit sweet taste.
After enjoying one cup of Yogi’s kava tea, I felt relaxed and a little bit sleepy. However, I can not tell if this was really because of the kava, or because I just had a nice cup of warm tea and it was quite late in the evening.
The next day I tried drinking two cups of the kava tea. I brewed both cups with a separate tea bag, letting them steep for about 10 minutes before removing the bag.
This time I clearly felt a relaxing and mildly sedative effect. When I went to bed, I fell asleep right away and had a nice and deep sleep until the morning.
As mentioned earlier, kava is often used in much higher dosages compared to what you can get out of one of these tea bags. The proper dosage really depends also on your goal.
Do you want to feel a strong sedative, mouth-numbing, and even intoxicating effect? Or are you just looking for some stress relief and help with relaxing and falling asleep?
If you are looking for a strong effect, you would probably have to drink more than five cups of this tea. In this case, I would recommend buying a stronger kava product from Amazon instead of this tea.
On the other hand, if your aim is to relax after a long workday and fall asleep without rolling in the bed for hours, Yogi’s kava tea might be just what you need.
You can also combine chamomile tea with the kava tea to make an infusion that is even more relaxing.
Yogi Kava Stress Relief Tea Side Effects – Is it Safe?
Kavalactones can be harmful to the liver if used continuously in high amounts. However, drinking a few cups of Yogi kava tea should not cause any problems, since the amount of kava extract is not very high.
I would still advise against using this product if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, going to drive a car, or drinking alcohol.
Yogi Tea Kava Stress Relief Review Summary
To sum it up I can say that Yogi’s kava tea is a good tasting drink that can help you with relieving stress, relaxing, and falling asleep.
For some people, it might not be strong enough, especially if you drink only one cup. For me, drinking one or two cups of this tea is enough for a nice calming effect that helps with loosening up after a long workday.
If you are looking for a stronger kava experience, you can try one of these products available on Amazon:
- Kava Kava 700mg Capsules: This is probably one of the best and most convenient kava products available. You can easily carry these capsules anywhere and just throw them in your mouth and wash it down with a glass of water. Also, you don’t get to taste anything.
- Wakacon Kava Waka Powder: If you want your kava in a traditional powder form in a larger amount, this a good option.
I hope you enjoyed reading this review and found all the information you were looking for.
You can find more herbal teas good for sleeping and relaxation in this guide.
Yogi Kava Tea FAQ
What is kava tea good for?
Kava tea can help you with reducing stress and anxiety so that you can relax, fall asleep, and have better sleep quality.
Is Yogi Kava Tea effective?
For some people, just one cup of kava tea can be effective. Others need many cups to feel even a mild effect. This depends on a person's sensitivity to kavalactones, the active ingredient in kava tea.
Is Yogi Kava Tea safe? Are there any side effects?
Kavalactones can cause liver problems if you frequently consume high amounts of kava. However, Yogi Kava Tea contains only a small amount of them and should not cause any problems. It is not recommended to drink any kava tea if you are pregnant, have a history with liver problems, or have consumed alcohol.
When is the best time to drink kava tea?
The best time to drink kava tea is in the evening. It can make you feel drowsy and helps with relaxing and sleeping.
Have you already tried Yogi Tea Kava Stress Relief?
Please comment below, and tell me how you liked it. Also, if you have any questions or other comments related to this product, go ahead and share them.
Have a nice day and enjoy your cup of tea!
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4 thoughts on “Yogi Kava Stress Relief Tea Review – Does It Work and Are There Any Side Effects?”
Hi Joonas, I have really enjoyed reading your article. I did participate in the Kava ceremony in a village in Fiji and it was all an experience. Fijians are lovely people. I dont think I had had enough Kava to feel the numbing effect they talk about but I am sure the locals do.
I had no idea there exists kava tea and I know about the Yogi brand. I will buy a packet and use it when I cant fall asleep.
Thanks for the info and I also liked the video.
Thanks for sharing your story about the kava ceremony, that must have been a great experience! Nice to hear that you liked my article.
I thinks it’s a good idea to try Yogi’s kava tea if you can’t sleep. If one tea bag doesn’t work, just try using two bags for brewing a cup or drinking two cups during one evening.
I have a very stressful job and a busy mind that leaves me waking up over 5 times a night. I had a USA visitor who gave me a few of these teabags to try. both nights I slept through without waking and also had very vivid dreams. am now trying to find out where I can buy it in Australia (only have one left!)
Nice to hear that the Yogi Kava Stress Relief Tea helped you sleep better. You can order more here: https://www.evitamins.com/au/kava-stress-relief-organi-yogi-tea-organic-tea-8007