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On the North Shore of Kaua‘i, there’s a farm where plants are called allies and the farmers are herbalists. Kaua‘i Farmacy creates plant-based medicine from crops grown on the company’s Kīlauea organic farm.
My first experience with its medicinal potions was eight years ago, through the screened window of a mobile “farmacy” parked on a side road off the highway. Telltale symptoms of a cold and the play on words compelled me to pull over. I bought an oregano tincture, praised for fending off colds. I’ll never know if it works. Coward that I am, the jaw-clenching, bitter liquid offended my timid palette and was quickly replaced by modern medicine’s antihistamine.
In 2017 Kaua‘i Farmacy began offering tours. The company employs a unique in-house farming model where it grows, processes, cures, packages and sells over 50 healing remedies, ranging from teas to culinary powders and moisturizing balms. Kaua‘i Farmacy offers a two-hour tour twice a week, and its apothecary is open on weekdays. All of the company’s products are available online.
Guests on the tour learning about the medicinal plants grown on the farm.Photo: Courtesy of Kauaʻi Farmacy
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