People Are Relaxing With Kava, A Soothing Drink From Fiji, Rather Than Alcohol

People are ditching booze for this stress-relieving drink from Fiji. It apparently tastes like muddy water, but is able to soothe anxiety and improve your mood.

It’s called Kava and several studies have found that it might be useful in treating anxiety, insomnia, and related nervous disorders.

It’s big with young people who want to relax but are trying to cut back on alcohol or skip the hangover.

Kava is a plant native to the south pacific—its root is usually ground to powder then mixed with water. It has been a part of a nightly ritual on islands like Fiji, with people saying they feel relaxed and content when they drink it.

Kava started to break into the Western market in the 1990s, but Germany banned the product in 2002, because they worried it could be harmful to the liver. The U.S. never banned it but gave a similar warning. Germany lifted the ban in 2005, and since then people have had a better understanding of the plant.