If you have been wild foraging over the summer months collecting yarrow, plantains, nettle, dandelion greens, now that autumn is around the corner we can look for ripe berries and plants grown for their rhizomes and roots. 

These plants have had their moment in the sun, have flowered and now the leaves have become brittle and dry. The plant’s active constituents are being delivered to the roots. The hot dry weather conditions last week caused this to quickly happened to the Elecampane Inula helenium, so I know it is time to dig this valuable root for its inulin content – a major ingredient in our gut repair formula. 

Other roots like Marshmallow Althaea officinale, Purple Cone Flower Echinancea purpurea, Horseradish Armoracia rusticana and the rhizomes of Licorice Glyccyrrhiza glabra, Valerian Valeriana officinalis will soon follow suit. 

Berries are another medicinal product to look for on your foraging walks. They are ripening fast with the hot weather and it is always a race between us and the birds!


our tisanes

summer tisane

An aromatic, cooling, decongestant tisane. A refreshing summer blend to enjoy hot or cold.

sleep well tisane

Drink this tisane for the benefits of all these wonderful quietening, calming and sedative plants that help empty the head and prepare you for sleep.

lung health tisane

Drink this tisane to strengthen and warm with mullein, hyssop and thyme. Marshmallow provides valuable mucilage for the lungs, especially for dry coughs.

pick me up tisane

Drink this refreshing tisane as a caffeine substitute for those low energy moments. With Kawakawa, a versatile plant pharmacy in itself.

herb of the season


Elderberries Sambucus nigra are like shining purple jewels and you can find the trees growing along river banks and on hillsides. They have been used for centuries for food and medicinal purposes, often referred to as “Medicine Chest of the People.  The berries are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that will boost your immune system but if you get exposed to a change of season flu or cold a hot cup of elderberry tisane or syrup with hot water is a pleasant medicine. We do not recommend eating them fresh as they often produce a feeling of nausea. Berries should be fully ripe when picked. They are not overly sweet but have an earthy and tart balance of flavour that would complement sweet apples in a cooked tart. Dried they become sweet little nuggets, adding colour and flavour to an autumn or winter tisane.



Enjoy our luscious herbal body butters and creams, delightful tasting teas, infused medicinal oils, tonics and healing salves.


Seasonal workshops and tours designed to explore the changes in the garden and use of plants to make fabulous products.


This programme offers a thorough instruction in the growing, harvesting, processing & manufacture of herbal products.


Retreats to empower you with a feeling of wellness & inspire you to feel good about yourself. Think beach, spa resort & daily yoga.

events and dates

2021 Autumn Well Being Workshop LEARN
In autumn, the workshop will focus on the value of roots and how berries provide valuable medicine.

• Sunday 9 May FULLY BOOKED
• Saturday 22 May FULLY BOOKED

2021 Winter Well Being Workshop INDULGE
In winter the workshop will focus on looking after yourself, it can be a vulnerable time with colds, flus and viruses. We will make products that warm and nurture you.

• Sunday 4 July
• Saturday 17 July
• Thursday 5 August
• Tuesday 17 August

Other times for workshops and garden tours can be negotiated. Please contact Valmai or Andrea to discuss.

Kimi ora retreats

New dates for our retreats at Kimi Ora for 2021:
Autumn Retreat: Sunday 21 March – Thursday 25 March
Spring Retreat: Friday 3 September – Tuesday 7 September

our favourite

the phytofarm kitchen garden book

This compendium provides you with the principles for exploring plants as food and medicine. Our book is a valuable collection of recipes and ideas. Starting with the Spring & Summer Edition, it will be extended with new sets of pages in the future, keeping you updated with the latest additions from the Phytofarm kitchen.

$ 59.00

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