Doug Wolkon, owner of Kauai Farmacy shares his personal healing journey drinking fresh Kauai-grown herbal tea
Ten years ago my wife Genna and I moved into a rental house in Kilauea, Kauai with our three-year old son. He was running circles around me during the day; and at night, I would fall asleep to his bedtime story. As a competitive high school athlete, I never imagined losing my youthful movements by age 35. I’d spent the last 15 years hecticly traversing the country while working nonstop hours on the phone and computer. Nightly I would “unwind” to steak and wine dinners. The compounded effects were beginning to show. My neck and waist were both inflamed and numb. I desperately needed an interceptor.
At the time, if you were to open up my supplement closet, bottles of powders, tinctures and capsules, would probably come falling out, for I was a supplement connoisseur. And I would try anything; including a $300, 2-ounce “rare” ginseng tincture.
The evening we moved into that rental was quite memorable. The landlord, Carol, gave me an epic tour of her quaint medicinal herb garden by pointing out the names, a short history of the plants, and usage of each particular herb. The diverse, yet humble 10 x 20-foot garden consisted of approximately 12-15 different plants including: rosemary, sage, valerian, holy basil, nettles, thyme, lemon balm, and mint.
After the garden tour I asked Carol how she used these herbs. She quickly responded that she really didn’t have much time for using the herbs in her lifestyle at the moment, but if she were to use them, she would brew them in a tea or use them for culinary purposes. I immediately thought to myself, “Great, I was already familiar with making fresh herbal tea from the Noni Leaf, a Polynesian superherb that we began brewing since moving to Kauai years before, so this will integrate perfectly into my existing tea practice.”
Preparing fresh herbs in the Kauai Farmacy tea house.
Lemongrass, a renown digestive herb for reducing toxicity and alkalizing the blood, is exiting the solar dehydrators and will soon be made into loose leaf tea
Kauai Farmacy medicinal herb gardens