Herbs have been used throughout history for healing, magic and to help flavour and preserve food. Here at Waiheke Herbs we grow our own herbs in gardens surrounded by native bush in the hills of Onetangi, on beautiful Waiheke Island. Organic gardening practices are used to ensure our herbs are chemical free. Herbs that we do not grow ourselves are sourced from Sunset Coast Organics, a certified organic grower in Waiuku, South Auckland. Other ingredients are sourced locally, organically and spray free when possible.
Waiheke Herb Spread
Our Waiheke Herb Spread is a unique blend of fresh herbs, carefully selected for their culinary and traditional healing qualities. This product is a delicious addition to a wide variety of everyday meals and contains many essential vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants and fibre. It is now available from an increasing number of organic shops and speciality outlets around New Zealand.
Wendy Kendall, the founder of Waiheke Herbs, has developed her childhood interest in herbs, gardening and “making potions” into a thriving business. In the 1980’s Wendy completed courses in herbalism, nutrition and bodycare with the Australasian College of Herbal Studies, including studying wild herbs, planetary herbology, and how to make natural cosmetics.
On moving to Waiheke Island in 1993 to raise a family and develop her own garden, she began experimenting with wild herbs to create a delicious and healthy spread for her young children. Friends were soon placing orders for the spread as they felt ‘energised’ by it and encouraged Wendy to produce the herb spread on a larger scale.
In 2003 the herb spread was introduced at the local Saturday market. Enthusiastic responses from customers convinced Wendy there was demand for her product and Waiheke Island Herb Spread was born.
Large herb gardens are now established on a friend’s lifestyle block in Onetangi, on Waiheke Island. These are managed organically and are surrounded by native New Zealand bush. Other herbs are supplied by certified organic grower Sunset Coast Organics, and ingredients such as oils, vinegars, salts etc are sourced from NZ organic producers.
The cosmetics range is based on the four seasons, uses simple, natural ingredients and is also designed to promote healing, balance and harmony with nature for the user.
The increasing popularity of the existing range and the development of other new exciting herbal products are certainly keeping the Waiheke Herbs team busy, healthy and inspired.