At KoruKai Herb Farm, located on beautiful Banks Peninsula in New Zealand, we grow over 80 medicinal herbs and harvest and process 50 of them to be used for our products.

We are farming in a biological and regenerative way by actively building soil, testing for nutrient density of plants and sequestering carbon with the aid of the soil food web. Our inputs are made right on the farm: Compost, compost extract, vermicast and fish hydrolysate. They inoculate our seeds, bring vitality to the soil and introduce vital soil microorganisms to cycle nutrients for our plants.

Harvesting of herbs is done at the peak when they are full of volatile oils and potency to achieve the best possible results. The harvest starts in spring with leafy crops like plantain and ends in winter with medicinal roots like echinacea, licorice and valerian, giving us a total harvest of over a ton of plant material per year. The plants are harvested by hand and dried on racks in a solar ventilated drying shed. This method retains the colour, potency and constituents of the herbs and we achieve an outstanding quality.

We grow and harvest over one tonne of plant material per year. After drying and processing (removing stalks) we get over 100 kilos of dried herbs. The herbs are then processed in our certified kitchen and are used in our various product ranges – blended into herbal teas, extracted for the health remedies and incorporated into our skin care products.

We try to keep this list up to date, but it is never complete as we find more healing herbs in our regenerating native bush and trial new and exciting varieties. Before making herbs available for purchase they are grown on the farm for 2 years and the products made from them are tested by our team for their potency and effects on the body. Only the ones that tolerate our climate and growing conditions, producing sufficient yields and are highly effective make their way into our marketable range. Do let us know if you are after a specific herb that is not on the list as we might already grow it or might want to trial it if you believe it is a winner and grow well in our climate.


Herbs we Grow

  • Anise hyssop - Agastache foeniculum
  • Applemint - Mentha suaveolens
  • Arnica, mountain and meadow - Arnica montana and chamissonis
  • Ashwaghanda - Withania somnifera
  • Basil - Ocimum basilicum
  • Basilmint – Mentha sp.
  • Bay - Laurus nobilis
  • Bergamot - Monarda didyma
  • Black cumin - Nigella sativa
  • Blue vervain - Verbena hastata
  • Borage - Borago officinalis
  • Burdock – Arctium lappa
  • Burn Jelly Plant - Bulbine frutescens
  • Calendula or Marigold - Calendula officinalis
  • California poppy - Eschscholzia californica
  • Caraway - Carum carvi
  • Catnip - Nepeta cataria
  • Chocolatemint – Mentha sp.
  • Coriander - Coriandrum sativum
  • Cleavers - Galium aparine
  • Cumin - Cuminum cyminum
  • Chamomile German - Matricaria recutita
  • Chickweed – Stellaria media
  • Cleavers - Galium aparine
  • Comfrey - Symphytum officinale
  • Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale
  • Dead nettle - Lamium purpureum
  • Dill - Anethum graveolens
  • Elder – Sambucus nigra
  • Elecampane - Inula helenium
  • Evening primrose – Oenothera biennis
  • Fennel - Foeniculum vulgare
  • Galangal Ginger - Alpinia galangal
  • Garden mint - Mentha spicata
  • Garlic - Allium sativum
  • Garlic chives - Allium tuberosum
  • Globe artichoke - Cynara scolymus
  • Hawthorn – Crataegus monogyna
  • Hops - Humulus lupulus
  • Horseradish - Armoracia rusticana
  • Hyssop, blue - Hyssopus officinalis
  • Jerusalem Artichoke - Helianthus tuberosus
  • Kanuka - Kunzea ericoides
  • Kawakawa - Piper excelsum
  • Lady's mantle - Alchemilla mollis
  • Lamb's Ears - Stachys byzantina
  • Lavender, English - Lavandula angustifolia
  • Lemon balm - Melissa officinalis
  • Lemongrass - Cymbopogon citratus
  • Lemon verbena - Aloysia citrodora
  • Licorice - Glycyrrhiza glabra
  • Lovage - Levisticum officinale
  • Mojito Mint – Mentha sp.
  • Mallow - Lavatera arborea
  • Marshmallow - Althaea officinalis
  • Marjoram - Origanum majorana
  • Meadowsweet - Filipendula ulmaria
  • Motherwort - Leonurus cardiaca
  • Mugwort - Artemisia vulgaris
  • Mullein - Verbascum thapsus
  • Nasturtium - Tropaeolum majus
  • Nettle, stinging - Urtica dioica and urens
  • Onion, Egyptian Walking - Allium × proliferum
  • Onion, red - Allium cepa
  • Oregano - Origanum vulgare
  • Parsley, Italian – Petroselinum crispum
  • Pellitory of the walls - Parietaria judaica
  • Peppermint - Mentha piperita
  • Plantain, broadleaf and ribwort– Plantago major and lanceolata
  • Puha - Sonchus oleraceus
  • Purple Cone Flower - Echinacea purpurea
  • Raspberry - Rubus idaeus
  • Red clover - Trifolium pratense
  • Rose hips - Rosa canina
  • Rosemary - Salvia rosmarinus
  • Salad burnet - Sanguisorba minor
  • Self-Heal – Prunella vulgaris
  • Shepherd’s Purse - Capsella bursa-pastoris
  • Skullcap – Scutellaria lateriflora
  • Sorrel - Rumex acetosa
  • Spearmint – Mentha spicata
  • Speedwell - Veronica persica
  • Sage - Salvia officinalis
  • Sea buckthorn - Hippophae rhamnoides
  • St john's wort - Hypericum perforatum
  • Tansy - Tanacetum vulgare
  • Tarragon, French - Artemisia dracunculus
  • Thyme lemon, common, central otago wild - Thymus vulgaris and citriodorus
  • Tulsi, Holy Basil - Ocimum sanctum
  • Turmeric - Curcuma longa
  • Valerian - Valeriana officinalis
  • Wormwood - Artemisia absinthium
  • Woundwort - Stachys sylvatica
  • Yacon - Smallanthus sonchifolius
  • Yarrow - Achillea millefolium
  • Yellow dock - Rumex crispus
  • Yomogi - Artemsia princeps
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