the season of indulgence

The upside of winter is that it can be the season to focus on some self-indulgence. Do self-care from a whole-body approach not just in terms of targeted actions – like tight muscles. Support your whole self – physical, mental and emotional. The days are shorter, and the cold weather can make staying active more difficult, and you may well feel unmotivated to get outside. This can lay the foundation for a weak immune system and the development of the “winter blues.”


Mental: We plot and plan – couch gardening!
Physical: We take care of our skin, nervous and immune systems with skin brushing before showering – alternating hot and cold temperature – to keep the vagus nerve toned and engaged. Self-massage with our warming moisturising Calendula Body Butter made with infused Calendula flowers. They contains antioxidant groups including lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene, quercetin and rutin. When the sun shines we get outside, sunlight exposure provides vitamin D, an important vitamin to fight infections. We take foot baths with a mixture of epsom salts, hyssop, rosemary and kanuka.
Emotional: We listen to some cool tunes – for example 78 minutes around the world is a current favourite. We eat seasonal warm spicy foods and have our daily dose of laughing therapy with friends.


our tisanes

immune support tisane

Drink this tisane to increase the T-helper cells that boost your immunity. It improves the functioning of the immune system.

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


In New Zealand mullein is a naturalised weed which favours poor, stony, disturbed ground and dry soil and is often to be found growing on roadsides. At Phytofarm, mullein self selects a place in the garden. The strong flowering stem of mullein provides abundant seeds and each season establishes itself in a group. It is a majestic plant in the garden with rosettes of long, thick, hairy leaves and a tall spike bearing yellow flowers. It has a long traditional use as a plant medicine but is not well researched so often overlooked in modern phytotherapy practice. Mullein contains a mucilaginous substance that swells and becomes slippery as it absorbs water. This may account for at least some of its soothing action. At the same time, its saponin-bearing constituents and volatile oils cause it to have a cleansing effect on the respiratory system and lungs – bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, colds and coughs. The saponin content will aid expectoration and help make mucous less viscid. Antimicrobial action assists the treatment of respiratory tract infection.

A mullein steam inhalation involves inhaling water vapour to open the airways and help the lungs drain mucus. With the recent planetary events and concerns with lung, mullein has come into its own.



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

2020 Winter Well Being Workshop INDULGE

Thursday 13 August (FULLY BOOKED), Sunday 23 August

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

Kimi ora retreats

Our Kimi Ora Autumn Retreat has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation.

The Kimi Ora Spring Retreat from 9 to 13 October 2020 can be booked!

our favourite

rosehip oil

The wild dog rose grows in dry conditions and produces bright red fruits called rosehips we use for this oil, which are rich in valuable nutrients for the skin. The five wonders of Rosehip Oil are that it hydrates, moisturizes, brightens the skin, aids collagen formation and reduces inflammation.

$ 30.00

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