Crazy Superfoods You’ve Never Heard Of, The Little-Known Libido-Enhancing Berry, Remineralizing Your Body With Lubricating Plant Oils & More With Kuaui Farmacy’s Doug Wolkon.

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23 April 2022

I first met Doug Wolkon when I was in Kauai and was convinced by big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton to go visit a favorite local farm of his called Kauai Farmacy. I was immediately blown away by the vast array of over 80 varieties of organic healing plants and food orchards…

…along with a team of incredibly knowledgeable herbalists and gardeners; a closed-loop vermiculture feeding system (worm compost farm); honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators; wildfowl; environmentally-compatible farming (water-catchments, permaculture guilds, and more); and medicine-making systems (solar-dehydrators, low-temperature herb-curing, herbal teas, tinctures, hydrosols, salves, honey, capsules, etc.).

Everything is done by hand at the Kauai Farmacy, including brewing homemade fertilizers from the plants they grow. They also seed, propagate, plant, hand harvest, artisanally craft, and package all the herbal products they grow right on the farm. The fresh and pure nature of the herbs ensures high-quality, potent, consistent, and effective plant medicine straight from the source.

Since that visit two years ago, if you've been following me on Instagram and elsewhere, you've seen me using ample amounts of Kauai Farmacy powders and tinctures in my recipes, along with products such as their salves and hydrosols for joint and skin health. Rooted in the wisdom of Hawaiian La’au lapa’au, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and the tribal indigenous, the potent herbal plant medicines harvested from the rich, volcanic soil of Kauai just seem to have a very unique and special energy.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, my guest on this podcast, Doug Wolkon pursued a ten-year career in private equity finance in Connecticut. Before moving his family to Hawaii in 2007, Doug published The New Game, an economic theory and strategy for sustainable communities.

Doug co-founded Kauai Farmacy in 2010 with his wife Genna, and they currently live there with their three kids. The Farmacy is a seed-to-cup tropical herbal oasis spanning four acres and consisting of what may be the most diverse collection of plant medicine in the western hemisphere.

After spending the last 10 years experiencing the power of fresh plant medicine for both himself and his family on a daily basis, Doug thrives on a high-fat, ketogenic, 100% raw-food diet. Doug believes Kauai Farmacy's vertically-integrated herbal medicine model is a budding example of what needs to be the future of a more sustainable, preventative-care-focused healthcare industry.

You can click here to shop Kauai Farmacy, and use code GREENFIELD15 to save 15% on any products on their site, including those you'll discover below.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What brought Doug to Kauai ten years ago…07:04

  • Trauma with the birth of first child
  • Out of shape in his early 30's, negligent of health and fitness
  • Farm makes available what was available prior to the arrival of haole in Hawaii
  • High-grade turmeric and black pepper
  • Flora oxygenating the air around us is just as important to the immune system of the body
  • The key to high-grade is freshness and how it is grown; building soil is first and foremost
  • Biodiversity is critical; monocrops results in pests which eventually need fertilizers and pesticides

-First days on the farm…10:40

  • The 4-acre property was once a horse farm with pasture land, trees, etc.
  • Tulsi was the first crop on the farm
  • Tulsi and noni brought self-awareness of what was confusing regarding health (mindfulness)
  • Calmness of the breath and digestive tract
  • Tulsi tea blend (use code GREENFIELD15 to save 15%)
  • Puritea
  • Tropical Chai Tea and Wellness Tea with galangal

-What you don't know about noni…16:18

-Honey made out of noni fruit…20:28


-What makes a spice “high grade”?…26:42

  • High-grade turmeric and black pepper
  • Flora oxygenating the air around us is just as important to the immune system of the body
  • The immune system is dependent on the immune system of the environment
  • The key to high-grade is freshness and how it is grown; building soil is first and foremost
  • Biodiversity is critical; monocrops lead to pests which eventually needs fertilizers and pesticides
  • Simplest of medicines have been used by royalty throughout history

-Ways to hydrate and re-mineralize your body you may not have thought of before…36:42

  • Serums and Hydrosols (use code GREENFIELD15 to save 15%)
  • Comfrey is fertilizer for the plants and is also known as the warrior plant; knit-bone
  • Mimics bone marrow of a baby
  • Hydration and mineralization through lubrication
  • Comfrey Salve (use code GREENFIELD15 to save 15%)
  • Lubricating through the body avoids taxing the digestive system
  • Sensual Serum with macadamia (use code GREENFIELD15 to save 15%)

 -Ginger: the most popular plant medicine in history…44:44

 -A potent yet gentle hydrosol to fortify your skin…53:03

-How to create your own medicine farm Doug Wolkon style…1:00:49

  • Begin nourishing yourself with plant medicine first
  • Doug views it as an obligation to share his knowledge with others
  • Needs to be rediscovered
  • Kamana Wilderness Awareness School

And much more!

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Do you have questions, thoughts, or feedback for Doug Wolkon or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!


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10 thoughts on “Crazy Superfoods You’ve Never Heard Of, The Little-Known Libido-Enhancing Berry, Remineralizing Your Body With Lubricating Plant Oils & More With Kuaui Farmacy’s Doug Wolkon.

  1. RICHARD HAY says:

    you mentioned Grains of Paradise. What is a source you use and usage (preparation)?

  2. Wolika says:

    Fun fact, the name for comfrey in Polish is żywokost which translates to ‘live bone’. Just what the podcast pointed out about its role in bone & joint health 😍

    1. Ben Greenfield says:

      interesting tidbit Wolika

    2. Doug wolkon says:

      Love it! If only we had it readily available in its freshest and most potent form to heal our bones.

  3. Highly recommend amla too as a superfood. Been taking powder and feeling healthy more than ever

    1. Doug Wolkon says:

      We have two Amla trees in the farm, but probably another year or two before we can harvest. Amla is amazing! Aloha, Doug

  4. Tangelina says:

    Really appreciate this! I met Doug back in 2014 when I lived in Kauai. What a great guy and resource for the aina, the community, and the world.
    Really learned a lot in this episode and after having been a farmer in Hawaii with a great interest in plants as medicine I’d say that’s pretty impressive. Loved how Doug framed it though the intelligence and wisdom of the plants and our bodies that we come to a harmonic equilibrium through this symbiotic relating.
    Got some great recipes I’m gonna try out here in Bali.
    Cheers!

    1. Doug Wolkon says:

      Thanks Tangelina,
      I very much appreciate your positive feedback and support. Aloha, Doug

  5. David says:

    So Noni is the drive berry? Umm how would I go about it?

    1. Glenn says:

      No that was Spilanthes that they were talking about for sex drive.

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