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

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

Edible Herbal Dust

This is what the Buzz is all about!

Buzz Chew is a healthy alternative to processed “mints”, candy, breath-fresheners, gum, oral care, tobacco, alcohol, coffee and other stimulants. It is conveniently ready-to-eat in an on-the-go pocket-puck.

Buzz Chew is a fun party-pleaser with a tantalizing zing that leaves your mouth feeling fresh, clean, and rejuvenated; this minty-fresh, edible herbal dust will certainly enliven your taste buds; accentuate your palette, increase your stamina, improve circulation, cleanse the digestive tract, and curb formidable cravings with nutrient dense herbs like, #Moringa, Bele Spinach, Chocolate-Mint, Garden-Mint, Spearmint, Peppermint, #Spilanthes #Stevia and #Tarragon.
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Hydrosols for Healthy Glowing Skin

How do hydrosols work to create healthy glowing skin?

Hydrosols contain active healing compounds that support the skin by balancing its pH and sebum production, hydrating the cells, soothing inflammation, and promoting skin cell regeneration.

Healthy youthful skin is actually slightly acidic, as the skin protects itself with acid. Normal skin pH levels average between 4.5-5.5, with oily skin being more alkaline and more susceptible to infection, and drier skin being more acidic and more prone to inflammation.

The outer layer of the skin is the protective layer that comes in contact with the outside world. It shields the skin from environmental factors such as bacteria and pollution, and it actually produces antigens close to the skin surface in order to boost immunity and balance bacteria growth. When the skin is out of PH balance, whether due to external factors or diet, then bacteria, allergens, and foreign bodies are able to find their way through the skin barrier, and once into the blood stream, create inflammation, allergies, and breakouts.

Everything that our skin comes into contact with directly impacts its pH. Our skin has natural mechanisms for retaining its balance, however it is OUR duty as consumers that we invest wisely in products that support that balance so that the skin can do its job! The same properties that allow soap to cut through oil also reduce the skin’s natural and protective acidity.

Applied as a toner or spritzer, our Tulsi hydrosol (both Krishna and Vana varieties) is lovely tool for restoring the skin’s natural acidity, bringing it back into balance so that it can breathe and glow!

Aloha,
Kauai Farmacy Team

TULSI HYDROSOL

Up close and Personal with Cinnamon

Getting up close and personal with Cinnamon (pictured above) and over 60+ variety of herbs in our medicinal gardens.

Did you know that Cinnamon has been used historically for its medicinal properties, and has been a highly valued gift in ancient times. Cinnamon is highly circulatory, reduces inflammation, and balances cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It’s high levels of antioxidants, anti-microbial benefits, and it’s ability to help treat bacterial and yeast conditions make this delicious, culinary herb a top contributor in our Love Potion (chai-flavored) tea, our Endurance powder, and our Vitalitea.

Smell the aromas of high vibration plant medicine, taste the herbal teas & spices; and fully indulge yourself in our herbal oasis. Reserve online for a guided herbal experience.

4731-G Kuawa Rd. Kilauea, HI 96754

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ENDURANCE POWDER

VITALITEA

Heal Yo’ Self with Lilikoi and Culantro

Freshly harvested Lilikoi (Passion Flowers) and Culantro (Puerto Rican Cilantro) are being prepared to enter the solar dehydrators. Lilikoi will be blended into our Tranquility tea to aid in sleep and pain relief. The Culantro will be blended into our Puritea to support a healthy lymphatic system and gentle cleanse.

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TRANQUILITY TEA
PURITEA

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Hand-harvesting DaKine Plant Medicine

Hand-harvesting dakine plant medicine in the gardens. Soon-to-be-your-tea! 🦋🐝🐞🌱🌼🌿🦎🌺🌈🍃🌳🍁🌸🌴🎋🌻🌞

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Sweet and Tangy Cranberry Hibiscus

We are not the only ones who love this sweet and tangy cranberry hibiscus 🌺 This lizard (mo’o) 🦎is keeping us company in the gardens while we harvest the cranberry-colored leaves for our Women’s Wellness and Tropical Hibiscus tea.

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Balance

Sometimes a little support is needed to bring everything back into balance.

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