Diversity, What we need to Thrive!

Kauai Farmacy permaculture gardens

Nourish • Restore • Rejuvenate

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Diversity is the key to maintaining balance within. We grow 70+ medicinal herbs and spices using permaculture, bio-dynamic, backyard-gardening techniques; mixed in with our own unique Kauai-grown practices. All of our plants are interwoven beneath the garden’s top soil in an elaborate yet simple root system that is in constant communication. The herbs share information with one another in this diverse underground network through the exchange of essential living vitamins and minerals. Based on the diversity, the herbs thrive and build their very own immune system.

The aerial parts of the plants also play an important role in this underground information exchange; composting diverse vitamins and minerals back to the earth when they fall. When deciduous leaves reach maturity, they fall to the earthly soil and impart themselves back into the ground allowing the roots to be nourished by them. When possible, we try to emulate what would naturally occur in nature. We purposefully feed the unused parts of the plants, such as the cacao pods, back to the base of the cacao trees and adjacent plants, to further nourish the soil with their abundant magnesium; which the surrounding plants in turn, naturally absorb for growth. Thus the all-powerful and sustainable closed-loop cycle of life continues based on ultimate diversity. In similar fashion, the Comfrey plants provide nitrogen to their neighboring counterparts. The bees and volunteer pollinators also play their role, carrying pollen from plant to plant, exchanging additional communications above ground.

The diverse gardens are a communal landscape of bountiful herbal varieties; much in the same way that we are a community of diverse individuals sharing our own unique qualities, traits and energies with one another. This diverse information preserved in the plants is harnessed when the plants are cared for with pure intentions, using thoughtful sustainable practices, and harvested with gratitude. This artisan process includes our hand-harvest and customized, slow-curing, solar-dehydration methods; for which the delicately preserved plant constituents are able to carry the plant’s original raw intention straight to your cup.

Cacao pods on the treeOur powerful immune-boosting Herbal loose-leaf teas and fine Superfood spice blends are the result of the garden’s unique diversity For measure; almost all herbal medicine that is currently commercially available is farmed on sprawling acres of land, and mono-cropped in rows upon rows; typically resulting in the soil becoming mono-cultured, and deficient in the nutritious vitamins and minerals plants need to thrive. As a result, mono-cropping, mega-farms are forced to spray chemical pesticides to fend off the pests, and add chemical fertilizers to compensate for the deficient soil. In contrast, the diversity of the plant environment in our organic backyard garden setting strengthens and protect the plants from outside predators; essentially bolstering the garden’s very own immune system. So the more diverse the organic plant life is in the gardens; the stronger the gardens’ immune system will be. Likewise, the more diverse the herbs in our herbal tea blends; the stronger our immune system will be. In both instances, the strength is found in the abundant array of diverse vitamins and minerals collectively performing to nourish, restore and rejuvenate.

Vitamins and minerals are naturally intended to protect us from illness and dis-ease; strengthen our bodily defenses to create empowering immunity; and promote longevity. Unfortunately, modern lifestyles and dietary practices today are limited and sometimes altogether lacking in the necessary diverse vitamins and minerals our bodies need. It is essential that we integrate these diverse herbal plants back into our daily lifestyles, so like the ever-present abundant herbal gardens, we too can thrive!


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Herbs for Healing

Medicinal Plants can promote wellness

Jessica Else –  The Garden Island, Wednesday, July 19, 2017

KILAUEA — Doug Wolkon was tunnel-visioned in his pursuit of vitality when he moved to Kauai eight years ago with his wife, Genna.

Now, the two own and operate Kauai Farmacy, where they grow, blend and sell medicinal teas, tinctures, salves and powders.

But they haven’t always been herbalists.

Back on the Mainland, Wolkon said the two were living a “fast-lane life”; he was in real estate finance, she was an industrial designer. They needed a change of pace.

“When we moved here, I still had 30 extra pounds on me and I’d lost my intuition and willpower,” Wolkon said. “We were on this healing path.”

Medicinal plants were introduced to them shortly after moving to the Garden Isle, and the pair used them to create wellness in their bodies and balance in their lives.

It all started with noni tea.

“We read about it and someone recommended using the noni leaf, wild crafting it and putting it in our water,” Wolkon said. “That was the first connection we made.”

The tree’s fruit and leaves have been shown to have hypoglycemic properties, according to a 2016 study published in Pharmacognosy Journal.

It is used in various parts of the world to treat problems with eyes, skin, gums, and the throat, as well as respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, according to the study.

Wolkon can attest to the healing powers of noni, and many other healing plants — 70 different species of which have been planted at Kauai Farmacy.

“We’ve been drinking teas for thousands and thousands of years,” Wolkon said. “It’s more balanced and more gentle than eating the fruit in a lot of ways.”

Lemongrass, ginger, ashwaganda, hibiscus, and tulsi are just a few of the plants in their herb gardens that are harvested, dried and processed on location.

Each of them has a different specialty, from anti-inflammatory properties to targeting gastrointestinal, skin and hormonal issues.

And while each has their known uses, Wolkon said the healing properties of the plants differ depending on the culture of the people and location.

“It’s all based on your diet, lifestyle and sleep patterns; everything that’s in our culture because the plants interact with what’s going on in your body,” he said.

Using the properties of ancient Chinese medicine, Wolkon explained medicinal plants, especially in tea form, break up energy blockages in the body – meaning they target toxins and acidity.

“We have thousands of words to describe blocked energy, but these teas go in and alkaline the blockages, chemically speaking. Once the body goes alkaline, it spits the acid out,” Wolkon said.

And an alkaline body is Wolkon’s key to wellness.

Trial and error is how Wolkon and his wife learned how to blend their own wellness teas. He said beginners might experience headaches and lethargy if they overdo it on tea strength or quantity. It’s also possible to experience vomiting, diarrhea, fever rashes as detoxification symptoms.

“The key to (relieving) these side-effects are typically rest and water,” Wolkon said. “Drink plenty of water and detox.”

Depending on individual bodies, medicinal plants will react a bit differently for everyone. Wolkon suggests starting slowly with loose-leaf teas and gradually stepping up strength and quantity.

Wolkon’s other secret to wellness success is integrating medicinal plants into a lifestyle, not just sporadically indulging.

“It’s about integration with your lifestyle. This is easy to understand and integrate, it’s as simple as simple gets, and for health, that’s critical,” he said.