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Sunset Magazine’s Essential Guide to Kauai, Kauai Farmacy

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Kauai Farmacy

Located on the north shore in the town of Kilauea, the Kauai Farmacy is made up of 4 acres, 70 medicinal herbs, seven loose-leaf teas—and one family behind it all. Doug and Genna Wolkon moved to Kauai in 2007 after the birth of their first child and began using herbal remedies to aid their health. “Kauai empowered us with the ability to self-heal,” Doug says. The couple have taught themselves how to hand-harvest their crops, cure plants with solar dehydrators, and chop and blend everything into tea, culinary spices, superfood elixir powders, salves, and hydrosol sprays. The Wolkons run the farm with a team of 10 gardeners and herbalists, all the while raising their three children. Although the family sells most of the herbal elixers and teas at the local farmers’ market and at restaurants and health food stores, they also offer immersive farm tours. As visitors stroll the grounds and learn about the Wolkons’ perma­culture techniques, they’re encouraged to taste samples straight from the garden, from the explosively sweet fresh stevia leaf to the mouth-tingling spilanthes herb. Just as fascinating as (and much more delicious than) a helicopter tour, it’s a chance to experience the island’s legendary flora from the ground up. The farmers grow 70 medicinal herbs and make seven loose-leaf teas, five herbal culinary tea powders, two healing salves, and seasonal hydrosol sprays. Make reservations to visit the garden at kauaifarmacy.com. They also have a stand at the Anaina Hou Farmers Market in Kilauea every Saturday.

Kauai Farmacy. Sunset Magazine. Photo by Erin Kunkel

Kauai Farmacy. Sunset Magazine. Photo by Erin Kunkel

Farming, Serving Medicinal Herbs

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FARMING, SERVING MEDICINAL HERBS

DECEMBER 14, 2016

Please tell us about your business.

Doug: We are a medicinal herb farm serving tea, powders, culinary spices, hydrosols and salves. We grow more than 70 different botanicals on the property.

Genna: Everything is planted from seed, harvested and handcrafted on our Kilauea farm.

What kind of remedies do your herbs provide?

Genna: We have herbs in our blends that can help in many ways, like boosting circulation, aiding digestion and calming the nervous system. We grow the comfrey plant, which is really good for bone, muscle and ligaments.

Doug: The teas calm the system, and bring unique and diverse vitamins and minerals into your system.

Genna: Basically, we grow herbs for every type of ailment or injury. We’re trying to bring back the lost art of plant medicine.

Can people use these herbs on a daily basis?

Doug: We create products that can easily be integrated into your lifestyle. We’ve created all of these products comprised of herbs like lemongrass, tulsi and ginger that are used in diets around the world daily. And so, for us, those are the kind of herbs that make their way into all of our teas, then we layer in the medicinal nature of our teas. That way they can be drunk daily.

Genna: And because some of us are really busy, we can’t always maybe brew a pot of tea, so we make culinary spices you can sprinkle onto food that can give you a boost of energy throughout the day, like our Green Energy powder. We also have hydrosols, like Tulsi hydrosol that’s amazing for calming the respiratory system, and Comfrey hydrosol that helps our bones and ligaments, and our Tea Tree hydrosol, which is antibacterial. You can use them topically or aromatically.

Genna Wolkon of Kauai Farmacy is committed to sharing the benefits of plant medicine with as many people as possible

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Why did you decide to open up this business?

Doug: When we moved to Kauai from the East Coast, we started this farm because we believed in the power of the plants and we believe they have the power to heal people, specifically if grown on Kauai.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your business?

Genna: Being empowered to have plant medicine at our fingertips for our wellbeing and our children. I can’t even tell you how many times we’ve relied on the plants to get us through situations.

Doug: And shipping it abroad and seeing our friends, family and others heal from the teas. Also, we have about eight people working here and we always have a couple of volunteers – these are people who dream of doing this but there aren’t that many opportunities. That’s another rewarding aspect – that we’re providing that opportunity to be part of a local medicinal and botanical movement.

Where can people purchase your products?

Doug: Saturday morning at the farmers market in Kilauea. We also have a few teas in all the health food stores, like Papayas and Harvest Market. We also are in restaurants, including JO2 and Hukilau Lanai, and we do a significant amount of online business.

Kauai Farmacy sells an assortment of products made with fresh, healing herbs

Are there ways can people learn more about your business?

Doug: We have a YouTube channel. We’re trying to create transparency so you can learn where your plant medicine is coming from.

Genna: We’re being really candid and open about sharing everything from seed to harvest to how we dehydrate. We use the videos to educate people about how the herbs help and how people can use them.

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HERB APPEAL

The fall 2016 edition of Edible Hawaiian Islands magazine; with a feature on Kauai Farmacy.

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HERB APPEAL

Posted Filed Under: Fall 2016, Features

This boutique herbal farm believes in healing from the inside out—and the ground up.

WRITTEN BY SARAH SCHULTZ
PORTRAITS BY DOMINIQUE DEFELICE

It’s a subtle sort of alchemy, but the transformative powers of herbs have been studied for thousands of years under Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, and by many cultures across the globe. Doug and Genna Wolkon of Kauai Farmacy—alongside a talented team of gardeners, blend creators, and three really cute kids—are bringing their products to the organic farming table.

The plants used in Kauai Farmacy’s arsenal of 100 percent organic herbal teas, culinary powders, and superfood blends is like taking a tasting tour of the rainbow: Deep purple tulsi, red hibiscus, calendula flowers the color of sunshine, and an assortment of jade, emerald and peridot-hued herbs that line the pathways of the gardens. They are all edible (or drinkable), and each one helps to tell the story of Kauai Farmacy.

This story begins with the noni leaf.

The noni is a canoe crop of Hawai‘i, and holds an important historical place in the islands’ commerce, diet and mythology. (The demigod Maui is said to have been resurrected by the noni leaf.) Now, scientists and integrative health professionals alike are looking into its cancer-fighting effects. The whole plant is packed with healing properties, but the fruit it bears has a pungent smell that makes it less than palatable. So, about nine years ago, Doug and Genna started experimenting with another part of the plant.

“The noni leaf was the first herb that we danced with when we got to the island, after a friend turned us onto it. It was charging our energy and circulation, making us hyper-aware of internal and external feelings,” the duo says. It was helping with Genna’s pregnancy weight from her first child; Doug lost 25 pounds of his former steakand- wine lifestyle. The leaf hadn’t hit the mainstream yet, and they couldn’t quite understand why. The Polynesians had used it for generations; it grows wild along the waterways, and across the islands. So, without much information at their disposal, Doug and Genna started answering their own questions about these lustrous green leaves. “We became knowledgeable. We began to harvest. And we started making tea,” Genna recounts.

They not only saw a business opportunity with their homemade tea blends, but also a way to reintegrate holistic healing back into people’s lives. In their previous lives, Doug and Genna worked in real estate finance and industrial design, respectively. Doug had even penned a book on economics, but says the business plan for a farm was harder to write. So, with just a palpable passion, an open-ended blueprint and a single tulsi plant in tow, the family took a leap of faith on the farm—and landed quite gracefully.

The property is situated on a 180-degree bend of the Kilauea Stream, which hugs the land and affords it with nutrient-dense silt and volcanic rock, while acting as a natural irrigation system. The size of their operation is predicated on how their gardens naturally grow—they are not quick to take the ‘āina for granted, which may be why it has given them so much in return. “We talk about how big we need and want to be, and every day we are organically checking in with the land and our team to see what feels right,” says Doug. “We walk lightly, and we are constantly reminded not to go too fast, as to continue our mission towards sustainability.”

Sustainability is a widely used term in organic farming circles, as opposed to traditional monocropping that strips the land of its good stuff—with no plans of replenishing it. Built around the concept of permaculture—a thoughtful method of developing ecosystems that simulates nature’s intentions—the gardens at Kauai Farmacy echo a sustainable community. Helper plants are used as purposeful shade for others; particular species reintroduce minerals and nutrients into the soil that others take away. Others are used to fence off pesky neighbors—a sentiment that may resonate with some. And insects play a large role in the community, from the microbials that break down the soil to the pollinators that keep things moving. (The bees even made it on the staff directory.) “The bees in our garden are cross-pollinating, creating new plant varieties for us,” says Genna. “For example, the African tulsi and lemon basil hybrid is very lovely and aromatically floral. We are actually letting nature dictate the business in a lot of ways.”

But any type of agriculture can be unpredictable—and Kauai Farmacy’s success has not been without a few hiccups. The aptly named Garden Isle gets a lot of rain and just as much sun, so the elements can be as challenging as they are beneficial. In some cases, the growing conditions have been too good. “We were so excited that turmeric grew everywhere. But then it actually grew everywhere,” says Doug. One of the couple’s favorite plants— and a mainstay in the Children’s Wellness, Endurance, Green Energy, Love Potion, Vitalitea and Women’s Wellness blends— gotu kola is a healing herb, but it grows like a weed. It was running rampant throughout their gardens, and they had to individually hand-pick each root out. Today, they have a separate garden full of what they call “the brain tonic,” giving gotu kola its own space to thrive. They don’t see any plants as invasive, and understand that their resilience has a place in nature and in the blends themselves.

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The art of tea-making and the study of herbs have deep roots in many cultures, and Doug and Genna are helping to pioneer its resurgence. The team welcomes visitors to the farm on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. (reserve first!), and offers educational tours and tea samples. Not only is it a visit to a beautiful sanctuary within the beautiful sanctuary of Kaua‘i, but it’s also a chance to see how much passion goes into the business. “This is our purpose. It’s a love that goes beyond words.”

For a full list of products and more information, please visit www.kauaifarmacy.com

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Use Herbs to Heal and Regenerate

Hey. It’s Dan. I just wrote this and wanted you to read it. Let’s get cleaned up, alkalized, hydrated and regenerated.

Acids from processed foods, stress, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, tap water and polluted air equals pain, stiffness, inflammation, headaches, irritation and low energy. Acids are toxic to the blood ph and force the body to store them in your tissues to stay balanced. The body then holds onto water to protect itself from these cellular irritants. This is the underlying cause of excess weight, lack of mental clarity and disease. An overload of acids waste and metabolic debris. The most popular word for it these days is TOXINS!

To eliminate acids (toxins) you must use alkalizing elements which are concentrated in green plants as alkaline minerals. Teas work great as a medium to deliver alkaline minerals. The pure water used to brew the tea help to flush the now neutralized acids from the lymphatic system, liver, kidneys and all the bodies cells.

The freshest most potent herbs come from the Kauai Farmacy on the beautiful garden island of Kauai. These herbs are air dried, raw and very potent. You can use these herbs to detox your body, lose weight and heal from disease. Hydrate and alkalize your body daily with these herbs to neutralize the acids that result from our modern lifestyle.

My personal favorite is Love Potion mixed with Puritea in the morning for maximum cleansing of the toxins released during sleep and a few nights a week I’ll use Tranquility to unwind after along day. I’m making some Vitalitea right now. ?

Check out their website and go to the ‘WE GROW’ link to get a lot of FREE INFORMATION about the herbs they grow, the specific uses of each plant and how they can benefit you.

Kauai Farmacy

Aloha. Thank you.

Love,

Dan McDonald

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Heal Yo’ Self: Inside a Medicinal Tea Farm

by Ruby Roth from her blog: WE DON’T EAT ANIMALS

Tell me if you know this feeling—it happens when you come into contact with standards so genuine and proper, you find yourself immediately shifted, uplifted, inspired, and settled on making the best choices for your own quality of life because anything less would make no sense. Do you know what I mean? No effort or work is needed, the transformation just is.

I got this feeling after meeting Doug and Genna Wolkon, the owners of Kauai Farmacy, a seed-to-cup medicinal tea farm that plants, grows, harvests, dries, jars, labels, and sells organic raw-cured herbs in the form of teas, culinary spice blends, and hydrosols. They do everything there is to do themselves (including raising and homeschooling their vegan kids) from their tiny Kauai, Hawaii farm location, which is one of the most happy, high-vibes places I’ve ever been.

(Side note: I think walking through a forest of plant foods inspires the oldest parts of our humanness. It makes me, personally, feel utterly grounded—like there is nothing, nothing, nothing more important to serve than the earth we walk upon. I could almost cry, I am so thankful for being brought to these moments!)
Packed into just one little acre are the 60 plant species Farmacy uses, from papaya to chile, bele spinach (AKA hibiscus), chaste, anise hyssop, moringa (a super herb that contains 46 antioxidants, omega 3, 6, and 9, 20 amino acids, 7x the vitamin C as oranges, 4x the calcium of milk and 2x the protein of yogurt), lemongrass, comfrey (can help heal broken bones), oregano, gotu kola, blue vervain, cinnamon, allspice, spilanthes (like pop rocks in your mouth!), taro, and so many more—all grown at the highest of permacultural standards. The diversity alone is a major factor of eliminating any need for pesticides—buggies much prefer mono-crops, where there’s no confusion or shortage of what to infest. These are all things Doug and Genna expounded on, which is a great reason to join their newsletter if you want to up you herb knowledge.

One acre, 60 plants!

One acre, 60 plants!

Doug says "Heal yo' self!" I love this T-shirt, I sport mine all the time!

Doug says “Heal yo’ self!” I love this T-shirt, I sport mine all the time!

Cacao pods—money does grow on trees.

Cacao pods—money does grow on trees.

Tea tree; Bele spinach (AKA hibiscus)

Tea tree; Bele spinach (AKA hibiscus)

The dehydrating system.

The dehydrating system.

The giant dehydrators and racks of herbs.

The giant dehydrators and racks of herbs.

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Genna, constantly radiating a smile.

Genna, constantly radiating a smile.

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Their standout products:

  • Women’s Wellness blend (tulsi, bele spinach, ginger, raspberry leaf, ginger, mamaki, hibiscus, moringa, and more) which helps balance hormones, PMS, and mood swings (reportedly even bringing some customers’ fertility into effect).
  • Puritea Herbal Cleanse (papaya leaf, mulberry, soursop, guava leaf, turmeric, noni, tulsi, and more) to cleanse out toxic buildups.
  • Tulsi Hydrosol (totally obsessed).
  • Savory Blend Culinary Spice (Bele spinach, rosemary, oregano, tulsi, tarrago, pineapple sage, garden sage, thyme—such a great addition to any ordinary salad or quinoa bowl, or even straight onto an avocado).
  • Buzz Chew: an energizing herbal powder you can take a pinch of on-the-go. Spilanthes (used in natural toothpastes) gives you a pop-rocks-candy-like sensation in your mouth. So fun.
  • Children’s Wellness Tea: don’t leave the kids out!

What I adore most about this whole situation is the philosophy that underlies Farmacy—that we are all our own best teachers when it comes to healing (the motto Doug and Genna promote on their turmeric-yellow T-shirts is “Heal Yo’ Self”!). The herbs themselves will tell you how much “medicine” you need, the Wolkons say. If you’re feeling headachey, pay attention! Drink water to flush out toxins. If you’re feeling tired or exhausted because you’re dumping toxins or you’re stressed out, stop fighting it and let your body sleep. If you’re feeling energized, exercise. This is the magic of any healthy food practice—it puts you in a state of consciousness where you will naturally lean toward bringing yourself, your life, your habits further into balance.

I find this with veganism, too, having observed so many people’s transitions. When one’s physical state improves, one becomes more open-minded and open-hearted to all kinds of new paradigms—environmentalism, alternative healing modalities, animal rights, etc.

Healing the body helps the mind get free.

I mean, look at this pic of me. At this point I hadn’t even sipped the goods yet and I was already super happier and thus a better person to everyone around me—see what herbs do?!

Follow @KauaiFarmacyTea on Instagram to get happy and improve your herbal knowledge.

And use code Mahalo10 to get 10% off your purchase from www.kauaifarmacy.com. If you have a retail shop, a waiting room, a tea-drinking practice, an imbalance to heal, are in need of kickstarting a healthy ritual, or you’re just a tea lover, do yourself (or someone else) a favor and get some Kauai Farmacy tea—you’ll be supporting yourself and adding to a beautiful, deserving, awesome health-invoking economy (can you tell how much I love this small company?!).

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Farmers Market Partners: Love for Self, Family, Community

by Crystal Bilyeu

“A beautiful garden provides nourishment for your body, soul and spirit,” shares Doug and Genna Wolkon of Kauai Farmacy. They, along with their three beautiful children, live tucked away on a 4-acre garden on our beautiful “Garden Isle” of Kauai. Their journey started 5 years ago, as they felt inspired to live a clean healthier conscious way of life. Doug set out to provide a home where he could thrive and be a better man and he now oversees an operation on his land that is a haven to his family. The farm provides a way for Doug and Genna to raise their children in a community that meets all of their needs.

Kauai Farmacy specializes in medicinal herbal teas. Six years ago, Doug started drinking fresh herbal teas every day. He would go through roughly a gallon of herbal tea a day. In six months, he lost 20 pounds and felt his entire body activate and rejuvenate. As a result, he was motivated to help teach people about this proven and historical approach to health and wellness. Drinking herbal tea is a natural and sustainable way to integrate good health practice into any lifestyle.

Every plant in every tea they sell is grown on the farm. Their gardens are diversely planted, not in rows, but in groupings of multiple species. Each plant supports and complements the one next to it adding to the health and wellness of the whole ecosystem, while using no pesticides or synthetic chemicals. The plants are hand-picked and fed compost tea, along with composted manure (nature’s most balanced plant food). When the plants are harvested, they are processed and preserved through sustainable solar dehydrators; this allows them to send their beautiful teas all around the world, and they are able to reach out and help people locally as well as abroad.

Doug and Genna invite you to visit them online at kauaifarmacy.com, where you can learn more about their offerings. Better yet, while at the Anaina Hou Farmers Market, taste some of their teas and be inspired by the pureness of the intention. “When it comes to medicine, trust the local plants, and do your best to learn how to use them in your daily life.” You can also make an appointment to visit the farm where you will see firsthand their love for self, love for family and love for our precious community.

St. Regis Princeville Waiola Magazine – Afternoon Delight

 

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In a setting that overlooks the spectacular Mount Makana, the ‘Auinala Ki Afternoon Tea is an occasion not-to-be-missed at The St. Regis Princeville Resort. The delectable menu combines the diverse exotic ingredients and delicacies of Kauaÿi with traditional fare, truly making it an experience like no other.

It was Caroline Astor, mother of St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV, who elevated afternoon tea to a new level by introducing the ritual at dignified gatherings at her house in Manhattan in the late 19th century. It’s a tradition that The St. Regis celebrates worldwide, however in Hawai’i, it’s given its own unique island-inspired twist.

The ‘Auinala Ki menu ranges from the more familiar terrain with the ÿOhana Ki (family tea) to epic fusions in the Ali’i Ki menu, inclusive of a glass of sommelier selected Champagne or The St. Regis Princeville Resort’s signature Aloha Mary, notable for its inclusion of exotic sea asparagus, which adds a salty punch. The option for a private Champagne sabrage (uncorking by saber) is available upon request, adding to sense of occasion.

The delightful Scones Collection is elevated with the choice of guava, pineapple, and coconut macadamia varieties served with liliko’i (passion fruit) curd, along with the traditional favorite, Devonshire Double cream.

The innovative Sandwiches Collection is the perfect way to enjoy a sampling of fresh island fare, such as Kamuela Tomatoes from Hawaiÿi Island, Maui Onions, garden fresh arugula, basil, seasonal vegetables and goat cheese from Kaua’i’s own Kunana Dairy. Local preparations inspire the sandwich selection from huli (rotated in a flame) chicken to delectable lomi-lomi (literally massage) where sea salt is massaged into raw salmon with tomatoes and onions.

The eye-popping and stomach-pleasing Pastry Collection honors local fruits, nuts, seeds, and, the local staple poi (taro), distinct to Hawai’i in the form of granola bars. Decadent coconut and guava macaroons, mango, lime, and pineapple tartlets and Hawaiian chocolate cake complete the authentic spread of Pacific regional desserts.

Superior tea, unlike any in the world, is the crown jewel. Kauai Farmacy has created a special blend for The St. Regis Princeville Resort. The signature Guava Kai is “a mildly tart and fruity blend of invigorating and alkalizing herbs.”  Owner of Kauai Farmacy Doug Wolkon says, “Nothing is more powerful than the ‘aina of the Garden Island to produce our teas.” Calming, energizing, medicinal or detoxifying—whatever your pleasure, you will find a tea that satisfies your desire in a setting like no other.

‘Auinala Ki Afternoon Tea is served daily from 3pm to 5pm. Reservations are required at least one day in advance.

-By Mary Troy Johnston

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The Garden Island – Holy Basil. Kauai Farmacy uses Tulsi in many of their blends.

April 13, 2014 • THEGARDENISLAND.COM

Doug and Genna Wolkon own and operate Kauai Farmacy, a quarter-acre herbal tea farm in Kilauea. Medicinal plants are grown and blended into teas, culinary herbs, extracts, and body care tea blends. Kauai Farmacy blends tulsi leaves into their House Blend, Wellness Blend, Children’s Wellness Blend, Mamaki Chai Blend, Garden Blend, Tropical Hibiscus Blend, Power Chai Blend, Energy Blend and Tranquility Blend.

What’s growing:

Allspice, aloe vera, ashwagandha, bergamot, breadfruit, calendula, cassava, cayenne pepper, chicory root, cinnamon, comfrey, curry leaf, daisy, edible hibiscus, gardenia, ginger (galangal), gotu kola, guava, Hawaiian chili pepper, hyssop, jalapeno, kefir lime, lavender, lemon, lemon balm, lemongrass, lemon verbena, mamaki, marjoram (sweet), moringa, mint, mulberry, noni, orange, oregano (Italian, Greek, Cretian), passion fruit, loquat, pineapple sage, poha berry, Polynesian spinach, roselle, rosemary, sage, soursop, spilanthes, star fruit, stevia, sugarcane, summer savory, thyme, tulsi, tarragon, turmeric, valerian, yacon,

Tulsi

Ocimum tenuiflorum, also known as tulsi, is an aromatic plant, which is native to South Asia. Green-leaved Lakshmi tulsi and purple-leaved Krishna tulsi are commercially cultivated in India and Nepal.

Often referred to as holy basil, tulsi is a potent herb with spiritual and medicinal significance that has been used in India for thousands of years. According to Ayurveda, tulsi treats colds, coughs, and flu and promotes purity and lightness in the body, cleanses the respiratory tract and aids in digestion.

In Hindu mythology, the plant is an incarnation of the goddess tulsi, offering divine protection. Many Indian families keep a living tulsi plant in their homes – tending to it with great care and reverence. The plant’s woody stalks are often made into beads, which are used in meditation malas or rosaries.

Season: Tulsi, is an erect, much branched subshrub that grows year-round. The plant grows to about two-feet tall, with hairy stems and strongly scented leaves.

Tip:

Studies suggest that holy basil has a mild anti-fertility effect in animals. Although this effect hasn’t been demonstrated to occur in human beings, if you are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant, don’t take medicinal doses of this herb.

Health benefits:

Tulsi leaves offer a rich source of essential oil, containing eugenol, nerol, camphor, and a variety of terpenes and flavonoids. The oil is a strong antiseptic against bacteria, fungi, and parasites.

In Sanskrit, surasa (tulsi) is regarded as an “elixir of life” and believed to promote longevity. The herb is considered to be an adaptogen, balancing processes in the body, and is helpful for managing stress. A number of animal studies show that tulsi protects healthy cells from the toxicity of radiation and chemotherapy. Similar to antidepressant medications, tulsi appears to influence the neurochemistry of the brain.

Kauai Farmacy can be found at: The Garden Cafe, Small Town Coffee, Hukilau Lanai, Vim n’ Vigor, Living Foods Market & Cafe, Papaya’s Natural Foods & Cafe, Harvest Market, The Kauai Farmacy Tea Wagon. For more information, visit KauaiFarmacy.com or call 828-6525.

• Marta Lane, a food writer on Kauai since 2010, offers farm to fork food tours and is the author of Tasting Kauai: Restaurants – From Food Trucks to Fine Dining, A Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island. For more information, visit  TastingKauai.com.

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Trailblazer Hawaii – Kauai Farmacy: Just What the Doctor ordered

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A few weeks adventuring in Kauai is bound to cure whatever ails you, but for a little insurance of continued good health weeks after you get home,  pull in at the Kauai Farmacy Tea Wagon for some takeaway.

The wagon is not far up Kilauea’s Kuawa Road on the way to Common Ground on the northeast coast.  Their teas are all organically grown in the neighborhood.  The trailer may be petite but their list of ingredients is long: allspice, aloe vera, ashwagandha, bergamot, breadfruit, calendula, cassava, cayenne pepper, chicory root, cinnamon, comfrey, curry leaf, daisy, edible hibiscus, gardenia, ginger (galangal), gotu kola, guava, Hawaiian chili pepper, hyssop, jalapeno, kaffir lime, lavender, lemon, lemon balm, lemon-grass, lemon verbena, mamaki, marjoram (sweet), moringa, mint, mulberry, noni, orange, oregano (Italian, Greek, Cretian), passion fruit, loquat, pineapple sage, poha berry, Polynesian spinach, roselle, rosemary, sage, soursop, spilanthes, star fruit, stevia, sugarcane, summer savory, thyme, tulsi, tarragon, turmeric, valerian, yacon.

The magic is in their blends, with teas such as Tranquility, Wellness, Energy and Love Potion. On sale are twelve medicinal tea blends, extracts, elixirs and culinary herb blends. Freshness is a big selling point as is the advice given by the friendly rep behind the counter.

Co-owner Genna Wolkon oversees the operation, down to details like hand-lettering the sign on her cute mobile headquarters. Their teas are also available by the cup (you gotta try it) at the counter, or at several Kauai locations, like Living Foods, Papaya’s Natural Foods, and Small Town Coffee. Kauai Farmacy is an example of the kind of green entrepreneur you see on the island, as well as a growing grow-where-you-eat mindset—and in Kauai the range of garden goodies is broad and exotic.

For more product information, go to the Kauai Farmacy website.