Morning Gardens at Kauai Farmacy

Kauai-grown organic herb garden with plants like turmeric, cacao, tulsi, bele spinach, chaste, tea tree, pineapple sage, mint, lemongrass, cranberry hibiscus, coffee, ginger, gotukola, comfrey organic permaculture biodiverse hand-harvested to make tea from the source. Plant medicine is a lifestyle. Heal yo’ self!

Being Present with Tulsi

As soon as you step into the garden at Kauai Farmacy, you find yourself surrounded by a myriad of flourishing herbs. Some brush against your arm as they reach out into the pathway, some rest timidly upon the ground, seeking shade and privacy, while others meet you eye-to-eye with brilliant shades of blossoming flowers. Each day these plants grow, while each season catalyzes a transformation in each of our plants— some hail the sun during our summer months, while others praise the rain of our wet winters. The one herb who remains consistently vigorous and resilient, however, is Tulsi.

Throughout the year, Tulsi is the only herb who holds its place at the top of our harvest list. Not only does Tulsi love to grow in our herbal paradise, we love to share the wealth by incorporating it into almost all of our tea blends. And when I say “Tulsi”, I mean at least seven varieties of Tulsi! And when I say “at least”, I do so because our happy bees are constantly cross-pollinating and creating brand new Tulsi varieties! So, when you see Tulsi listed as an ingredient, you are receiving a diverse blend of Tulsi varieties and thus a wholesome approach to its medicinal qualities.

Tulsi flowers Kauai Farmacy

Known as an herbal adaptogen, Tulsi literally helps us ‘adapt’. Perhaps this is why Tulsi tends to grow independent of season changes and its environment— actively prospering regardless of influences, environmental factors and pressures. In our bodies, Tulsi nourishes the adrenals, thus supporting our ‘fight or flight’ responses, ability to react to stress and the imperative role of hormonal regulation in the adrenal gland. As our adrenals are replenished and supported, we are better able to adapt to whatever comes our way.

The relationship between Tulsi and human has existed for thousands of years. As our environment has evolved, systems have changed and cultures have blended, Tulsi has been by our side. Highly revered in the Ayurvedic tradition of healing, Tulsi or Holy Basil is known for its protective and immune-boosting qualities. You will often see a Tulsi plant growing beside the door of a temple or home in India, intentionally placed to impart protection and health for those inside. Similarly, when we consume Tulsi in our bodies, it not only helps protect against toxins and radiation in our surrounding environment, it helps rid free radicals that may be causing blockages and disease.

Amelia harvesting Tulsi at Kauai Farmacy

Tulsi is all about presence—about coming back into ourselves and our center when everything around us seems to be spinning. Tulsi helps us see through the haze into what really matters and clarify our intuition. In acute doses, like one would receive using a Tulsi tincture or hydrosol, a deep breath is often experienced, as if Tulsi enters our body to “part the clouds” and clear the way for appropriate action.

The signature Tulsi-induced deep breath also offers insight to Tulsi’s affects on the respiratory system. Helping prevent, fight off and clear up respiratory afflictions, Tulsi has an affinity for opening up the lungs and restoring balanced breathing.

In Hawaiian culture, the breath is considered an expression of life energy. The bridge between our external and internal world, each breath marks that exact moment of existence— as we inhale our surroundings and exhale our intention. The more aware of our breath we are, the more present we are. Thus, Tulsi not only helps us adapt to our current surroundings, it helps us be present for it too.

Tulsi flowers

This season we were enamored by the bounty of our Tulsi flowers. Delicate, alluring and all shades of purple, Tulsi flowers filled the air with a sweet earthy aroma and attracted a flurry of honey bees to share in the abundance. It was clear that the mana, or life force, of the plant was focused within the flower. With the intention of sharing this potent medicine with you, we delicately hand-selected and harvested Tulsi flowers from our garden and created a seasonal, small batch Tulsi Flower Tincture.

As the energy of the plant was concentrated in the flower, or top of the plant, this special Tulsi Flower Tincture acts specifically on the upper part of our bodies also. Felt as an expansion through the chest and head, Tulsi Flowers impart clarity of mind and alacrity of heart.

Still rich with the same qualities as our Tulsi Tincture, this small batch Tulsi Flower Tincture has the added qualities of being in full bloom!

Tulsi Extract group

Tulsi Hydrosol 2oz

It’s That Bee – Our First Honey Harvest

Our three year old daughter shares her insights on bees, her favorite plants in the garden to nibble on, and our delicious first-ever honey harvest and tasting; a precious little honey bee’s delightful perspective. Enjoy!

Kauai Farmacy Honey…may be coming soon! All our products are 100% Kauai-grown on our herbal farm in Kilauea on the Garden Island of Kauai. Each plant has been kissed by the honey bees that reside in our back pasture.

Pouring Comfrey Salve

Pouring molten Comfrey Salve batch with care and precision. This plant mixture is a compilation of Comfrey root, Comfrey leaf, coconut oil, and Kauai beeswax.

Comfrey is renown for its bone, ligament, and tendon Restorative properties, as it contains a compound called allantoin that has cellular regenerative abilities.

We use Comfrey Salve on everything from old nagging ailments to fresh injuries, as well as for daily foot and body massage.

Diversity, What we need to Thrive!

Kauai Farmacy permaculture gardens

Nourish • Restore • Rejuvenate

Comfrey leaf

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!

 

Kauai Farmacy products

Cinnamon Harvest

Harvesting Cinnamon at Kauai Farmacy! One of over 70 different herbs and spices that we harvest on our farm for teas, salves, and superfoods. From our farm to your cup, the only way to find a fresher, more alive tea is to grow it yourself!