A caffeinated fruit, indigenous to western and central Africa and grown widely in the tropical regions of the Americas, the Kola Nut is favored worldwide for its uplifting qualities and as a bitter flavoring agent, being a namesake ingredient in a famous soda brand.
It is used to suppress hunger, to increase stamina, or to enhance mental processes, with a peak of energy averaging for about an hour. It is described as enhancing spiritual ritual, and is, in fact, used as such in many regions across Africa.
The caffeine present in the Kola nut powder is medicinally useful for those suffering a cold or coughing fits, as it is known to allow the bronchial air passages to expand, thus helping to relieve part the symptom.
It can be used in small amounts of 1 or 2 teaspoons in hot water as a useful alternative to coffee and soda, but it is not recommended for regular use in high doses. Please consult with your doctor if you have high risk of heart irregularity, or are on certain medications.