I got to noticing when it gets close to 4pm, I begin feeling a little queasy. I'm rarely nauseous, and haven't actually been sick in about 5 years or so. It hit me it was more likely my body being used to the Kava that I was about to take, as it has become a daily routine. Been doing either traditional prep or, more often, Alu-Bottle. Have been able to take closer to the recommended amounts (as low as 15 grams) instead of the 40g it used to take for me to at least FEEL something. (I take it for general anxiety reduction and mood lift, and have been taking it more as I'm on a very slow Kratom taper.) I also use very little water - usually less than 12 oz - so the taste is obviously going to be stronger for me. I end up with a very dark/opaque liquid, comparable to coffee, I'd say. SO, I tried something different. I added a decent-sized pinch of Cayenne Pepper to my first serving. That's obviously not something one would do for taste, but I found that the Cayenne is so overpowering that it seems to greatly diminish the gag-inducing effects of the Kava root. I've read Cayenne Pepper is also a potential potentiator. So it tastes bad, but in a different, more tolerable way. If there was a Kava pill that actually worked, I would definitely consider going that route. But for me Kava pills work about as well as "CBD oil": Not at all. So for now it's Cayenne pepper for getting it down, and a bunch of coconut oil for the mild skin side-effects.