A collection of stories from the Tuahiwi farm.
St Johns Wort Oil
St Johns Wort (hypericum) Oil is very special and one of my favourites. Every year I am always delighted when the yellow flowers produce an amazing deep red healing oil.
Delicious Rose Powder
I love rose powder. I love everything about it – I love growing the roses, I love making the powder and I love using the powder in my botanical skincare products.
Harvesting Licorice Root
Growing plants is an investment in time and growing licorice to the point of being able to use it, takes a long time - 3 to 5 years in fact - from seed to harvesting the licorice root.
Growing tulsi outdoors in Christchurch is probably easier than growing basil outside. It requires a warm, sunny, sheltered place with water (not so much water as basil).
Coriander can be surprisingly difficult to grow in summer. It is much easier to grow in the cooler months of winter and early spring.
Using Plant Based Oils
I admit it now, I am a total convert to using plant based oils on my skin. I just love the way the oil makes my skin feel and look.
Evolution of a Garden
In June 2014, I started with an empty paddock to create my new Herbal Garden.
Lifestyle Block Article
Jenny Sommervell from the New Zealand Lifestyle Block magazine attended one of my workshops in December last year and then has written this article.
Infusing Helichrysum italicum flowers (otherwise known as curry plant) has been an interesting experiment for me.
My Amazing Honey
I just got my honey back from Jeff (the man who manages the hives for me) and it is the most beautiful, dark amber colour.
I harvested my first German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) flowers today and really enjoyed it.
The tea blends that I make and sell are highly personal to me.
I know Spring is well under the way when I find the first flowers of Hawthorn and Elder.
This is not a plate of pasta, it is actually freshly harvested valerian root.
Spring is here, or it was last week and my stinging nettles are growing really well.
Herbal Infused Oils
This photo is of fresh calendula petals, rose petals, lavender flowers and red clover petals before being infused in almond oil to make Massage Oil.
Pacific Blue Lavender
I harvested the first of my Pacific Blue lavender yesterday.
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