Kava, known in Fiji as yaqona, is a drink used throughout the South Pacific islands for relaxation and stress relief. In Fiji it is usually drunk by men using a communal cup – but the coronavirus put a stop to that practice and spurred producers to pursue new markets. Photo: AFPKava, known in Fiji as yaqona, is a drink used throughout the South Pacific islands for relaxation and stress relief. In Fiji it is usually drunk by men using a communal cup – but the coronavirus put a stop to that practice and spurred producers to pursue new markets. Photo: AFP
Kava, known in Fiji as yaqona, is a drink used throughout the South Pacific islands for relaxation and stress relief. In Fiji it is usually drunk by men using a communal cup – but the coronavirus put a stop to that practice and spurred producers to pursue new markets. Photo: AFP

Kava, natural alternative to Xanax, finds new markets – as wellness drink overseas and alternative to coffee for Fijian women – amid coronavirus

  • Kava is habitually drunk by men from a communal cup, but women in Fiji are gravitating towards kava bars and see the calming drink as an alternative to alcohol
  • A mild narcotic with a taste like mud, it has been embraced by Fiji’s rugby players, and is sold overseas as a wellness drink and alternative to Xanax or Valium

Topic |   Wellness
Kava, known in Fiji as yaqona, is a drink used throughout the South Pacific islands for relaxation and stress relief. In Fiji it is usually drunk by men using a communal cup – but the coronavirus put a stop to that practice and spurred producers to pursue new markets. Photo: AFPKava, known in Fiji as yaqona, is a drink used throughout the South Pacific islands for relaxation and stress relief. In Fiji it is usually drunk by men using a communal cup – but the coronavirus put a stop to that practice and spurred producers to pursue new markets. Photo: AFP
Kava, known in Fiji as yaqona, is a drink used throughout the South Pacific islands for relaxation and stress relief. In Fiji it is usually drunk by men using a communal cup – but the coronavirus put a stop to that practice and spurred producers to pursue new markets. Photo: AFP
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