“Mahalo (Thank you) for your healing & your harvest” is a phrase that echoes throughout the gardens when the herbs are being culled & pruned. My children now utter this precious sentiment as their scissors clip the very leaves that will soon become herbal teas & powders they’ll consume to keep them growing strong & healthy. Their favorite: the Children’s Wellness Tea.
In the Polynesian culture, one respects all nature; and teaches to harvest with pure intention & take only what is needed.
At Kauai Farmacy, all our planting & harvesting is done by hand. Our tools are simple: shovels, wheelbarrows & shears & hand saws. You will not hear the revving of engines backhoe-ing or chainsaws during harvest time. It is a time of peace & serenity: A time of highest gratitude for the offerings each individual plant offers in exchange for a healthy trim. We harvest with the intention of using the plant life & returning its unused parts back to the base of the plants to compost as a return gift of gratitude to nurture the soil once again.
Many Polynesians believe that all things nature house a spiritual connection to their ancestry. We have just begun to experience the power of these plants in this way. It is quite the humbling experience.
So it has now become ritual for our gardeners to speak and sing to the plants, referring to them as “her” or “him”. Acknowledging their life force. And our medicine is simply transmitting the subtle yet powerful energies that they have been cultivated & crafted with.
We have been humbled, healed & strengthened by these plants. They are our guardians & teachers. Sharing their information & crafting them into delicious & convenient healing remedies for those in need is our Dharma or Kuleana (responsibility).
With Loving Aloha,
The Kauai Farmacy Team xoxo