Why are our herbs/teas so special?

September 24, 2014

Why are our herbs/teas so special?

Our location and process we grow and cure our herbs is what makes them so special. To begin, many of our plants are grown from seed out of our nursery. We use an organic planting soil that is comprised by hand to create the most balanced-vitamin and mineral rich soil. The gardens themselves are located on a rich river bed in one of the wettest and most fertile places on earth. The farm itself was a horse ranch for 25 years prior to it becoming Kauai Farmacy’s Herbal Tea Garden. The richness of the existing soil can be seen throughout the farm. We then use all organic materials for fertilizer (spirilina) and pesticide (Neem), as well as local woodchips and local manure to keep the vitamins and nutrients in the soil as rich as possible. We truly believe what we feed our plants is directly received in the value of the final product. Our gardens are also diverse in nature as opposed to mono-cropped (one plant in rows for hundreds or thousands of feet) which symbiotically contributes to the synergistic characteristics of the plants as well. This is why our gardens are booming with bees. We then use a solar dehydrator to cure all our herbs. The solar dehydrator is a ventilation-based drying system that uses solar heat to create ventilation. As a result, the herbs are cured on average at 80-85 degrees and never heated or cooked. Therefore, they are basically cured raw, and the raw vitamins and nutrients of the herb are delivered in the tea. This is a one of a kind drying process that we engineered here on the farm. I do not know of another of its kind in the world as most processes include significant heat to save time and guarantee curing. Lastly, our herbs are super fresh. The tea that you bought on the tea wagon that day was most likely in the garden just a few weeks prior to that day. This is extremely unique within the world of tea and herbs. Most times there are not expiration dates on teas and is, in my opinion, older than any of us could imagine. And in my opinion, the freshness of the tea is critical to the potency of the medicine.