Our plants are 100% organically grown from seed, or gathered from pristine ancestral locales
A valued Grandmother of the European herbal apothecary for centuries. Her powers range from nervous system rescue, to directly increasing bliss and empathy, to fighting viral pathogens like herpes simplex, bacterial infection, and staphylococcus. Hydrosol made from Melissa heals skin and spirit, especially powerful for babies and elders, pets, and those of us who care for these beings. . Foundational to Wai`ale`ale Hydrosol & Serum.
Highly medicinal from leaf to root, Polynesian herbalists use this generous fern to balance hormones, lower fevers, clear up bacterial and fungal infection, and heal wounds. Hawaiian cultural practitioners use Laua`e (lit: beloved) to scent ceremonial kapa cloth and in lei. Laua`e and the prized Maile leaf share the same perfume, a volatile essential oil called coumarin: calming and peace-inducing. Foundational to Wai`ale`ale hydrosol & serum.
Native to the Asiatic continent and adored for her sensual fragrance and potent medicine, Jasmine, or Pikake, is world-renown botanical magic. From scenting tea to treating liver disease and cancer, the essential volatile oils of this delicate flower are also hormone balancers, aphrodisiacs, nervous system relaxants, and endorphin precursors. Our ONA ONA Floral Facial Oil presents three species of Jasmine to obtain radiant, Empress-quality beauty, for this generosity we bow to Her Majesty.
A Native of India, the potent actions of Vetiver root guard against bacterial and microbial infection, inflammation, fever, and burns. The volatile oils are used in aromatic medicine for grounding, calming and stability after shock or emotional trauma, PTSD, and pain. It balances dry and oily skin, improves elasticity and sun damage. We use 100% Kaua`i-grown Vetiver as the honored partner to Sugi Cedar in KAWAIKINI aromatic hydrosol.
Sugi literally means cedar in Japanese, yet he is actually a cypress! The wood and branches are psychopompic in Japanese ritual, helping to bring inspiration and peace during cremations. The volatile chemicals found in various parts of Sugi are considered entheogenic and may produce states of elation or intense focus. The terpenes in his bark and branches are anti-microbial, -fungal, and -bacterial. Find him in our KAWAIKINI aromatic hydrosol.
Originally from Meso-America, Plumeria has come to speak the language of aloha quite fluently. In the height of summer’s bloom, her sweet scent envelopes the entire island chain. In Mayan Mexico, Plumeria is said to have played a central role in fertility ceremonies, along with cacao, forever linking both plants with passion and love. The constituents in her bloom are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, contributing strong medicine to our HAWAIIAN MIRAGE floral hydrosol.
Native to Malaysia, the Philippines, and the South Pacific islands, this highly fragrant tree grows happily in Hawaiian gardens and gifts the evening air with ribbons of sensual perfume. Her scent has long been revered as strong aromatic medicine; as she is a classic aphrodisiac, and produces calming, cooling, and harmonizing alkaloids to the human brain. The flowers we use in HAWAIIAN MIRAGE are grown in Waliua on Kaua`i, and steam-distilled on the full moon.
We grow Hoya cumingiana Flower and triple-infuse her blossoms in Camellia oil over 3 moon cycles. New to the West but beloved by Polynesian healers, the flowers are used to make preparations to alleviate inflammations, rashes and burns. Extracts of Hoya flowers have been shown to have collagen-promoting and lipid producing properties in the skin, with potential strong anti-aging properties. Find her secrets in our Floral Facial Oil: ONA ONA.
Central to everyday living in the Pacific, this relative of the agave family has purpose from his tips to roots. The sugar content in his stalk and rhizome make medicine that fights infection, pathogens, and malaise. Traditionally used to regulate temperature, increase hydration, and strengthen physiological systems. Kī is sacred to Lono and Laka, and is woven into the spiritual practice and planting of Hawai`i. We offer his medicine in WAI`ALE`ALE SERUM.
Known in Hawai`i as the PAKALANA TREE, she oozes sensuality and bliss. A Native to India she is beloved for her beautifying powers for the skin to remain youthful, bright, balanced, and smooth. She will appear in limited addition hydrosols and oils dependent on the season's harvest. Check back often to experience her majesty!
Maile is a sacred forest vine, exhaling the breath of Laka, the Hawaiian forest goddess. She is a member of the olive family, and her perfume comes from the aromatic chemical compound of coumarin, found in tonka beans, sweet grass, cinnamon, laua`e, and cherry blossom. She has been over-harvested in recent years so we are growing her and care for her in the forest. We steam-distill her leaves only when plentiful and regenerative. Available in Wai`ale`ale SERUM.
Aromatic medicine from this Australian native naturalized to the Hawaiian forest instills a sense of flow and calm. When you discover her, you usually smell her before you see her—this is to remind you to slow down and pay attention. She has been called ‘White River Tree’ by Aboriginal peoples due not only to her powder-white flowers but because her medicine purifies the human respiratory system from pollution, parasites, and black fungus. Find her in MAKALEHA Hydrosol. coming in Spring 2024.
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A tropical fruit that has been fermented for not only potent health actions, but for the unique caramel-vanilla-grass-cinnamon fragrance beloved by the human nose across cultures and centuries. Tonka has been used for scar-reduction, anti-oxidant benefits, reducing water retention, increasing lymphatic drainage, and decreasing inflammation. The scent is also a classic aphrodisiac and calming to the nervous system. A featured star inside our SERUM.
Hawai`i Island sea farm grows seaweed for culinary and beauty applications. Tested for purity and regenerative farming practices. This highly nutrient sea vegetable provides protection for the skin from the the sun's radiation during and after exposure, increases moisture retention, and reduces fine lines. Soothing and anti-inflammatory. Find this jewel of a sea vegetable inside WAI`ALE`ALE SERUM.
Japanese White Camellia Seed oil is cold-pressed and certified organic. The high oleic acids and vitamins make penetration of this light nourishing oil a star in the beauty industry. Improved elasticity, improvement in discoloration and pigmentation, reduction of redness and irritation, and all-around graceful aging benefits make her our favorite ingredient in ONAONA Floral Facial Oil.
This small, night-blooming flower is native to North and South America and has been used by Native American cultures as a cornerstone for both topical and internal skin healing. The GLA in evening primrose oil helps reduce skin inflammation, which can help treat acne. The high concentrations of linoleic acid may help with pigment, discoloration, and acne scars. Find her in ONAONA!
A superfood buzz veggie, but did you know she has been used topically for generations in Polynesia? Her verdant grassy oil is rich in anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. Think of Moringa Oil like a smoothie for your skin! Discover the benefits of this miracle oil in ONAONA.
Kamani voyaged with the Polynesians in their canoes as one of their most valued trees with myriad uses—from carving to healing. Known in South Asia as ‘Tamanu’, his medicines are found in his syrupy sap, orange-scented flowers, oil-filled seeds, hardy roots, and shiny green leaves. The oil of Kamani’s large seed is prized throughout Asia for its anti-inflammatory and demulcent actions—used for diverse skin ailments and beauty treatments. Find him in ONAONA!
MOHALA I KA WAI KA MAKA O KA PUA
Our island home remains the most isolated landmass on earth. Over millennia, unique flora has become native to the archipelago, thriving amongst the most diverse biomes on the planet. From cloud forest to rain forest, grasslands to reef, estuaries to desert scapes, plants in Hawai`i exemplify adaptation and resilience.
Honored for their ancient alkaloids and divine fragrance, ferns are amongst Hawai`i's most potent medicine. Traveling across oceans by wind, the spores of a fern are among the first green life to propagate on cooled lava rock -- 65% of Hawaiian ferns exist no where else on Earth. They hold genetic tales of myth and magic. Ferns from diverse biomes across the island form the foundation of our botanical distillations.
Tropical flowers exude sensuality and fertile ecosystems. Plants bloom at the height of their reproductive cycle and communicate with pollinators through volatile oils released into the atmosphere. Conscious cultivation and harvesting allows us to capture their essence and potency.
The ecological richness of the island would not be possible without the network of our extraordinary arboreal canopy; both above ground and below, trees connect flora and fauna, provide habitat and nutrients, and serve as a significant source of medicine for our hydrosols.