About Us

A Green Witch has a tremendous love for their green allies and so has a heart just as green. The love for life and emphasis on honoring mother earth, the giver of life and nourishment has always been what a witch is. Green Witches have always been healers and involved in only preservation of life and joy. It is with this love of nature, two sisters dreams, and there own self-healing discoveries that the Green Witch Apothecary began. 

The Green Witch Apothecary was created by a passion to grow deep roots that would thrive into a beautiful tree of healing for all, to help conserve the earth, and educate others on the medicinal powers of the plants. The Green Witch Apothecary remedies are based on wise women traditions and sacred plant medicine practices that pays homage to the Green witches and healers before us, while honoring and respecting the land, and plant spirits that the medicine is made of.

We specialize in sacred plant medicines with an emphasis on local Hawaiian tropical medicinal plants. We formulate a variety of plant medicines some of which are herbal tinctures, vinegars, honeys, and teas made from local tropical medicinal plants and other organic herbs. Our herbs are wild harvested from local organic farms or organically sourced from mainland farms and either used fresh or dried. Each remedy is made with love, respect for the plant, healing energy, and contains the purest ingredients possible. 


The Green Witch Founders, Karen Ellwanger and Caroline Gipple, are two sisters raised in the Midwest who currently live in Hawaii. One sister with a chronic genetic disease, Cystic Fibrosis, and the other a rare cancer survivor decided it was time to take healing into their own hands. It was through these self-healing discoveries, the passing away of their mother from cancer, and the teachings of sacred plant medicine that they found their passion for plant medicine and natural healing. Being able to learn, understand, and feel the benefits of the herbs and how they help assist in healing our body, mind, and spirit is a truly remarkable gift that mother earth provides us in true abundance.

Growing up as big lovers of nature, our parents always took us places we could be in nature, whether it was camping, hiking, fishing, sailing, or swimming we were always connected to Mother Earth. Our parents taught us to be curious, observe, touch, feel, and listen to mother earth and all the life around us. These are the core values that we at the Green Witch Apothecary have for promoting health, and conserving nature. To teach the community and future generations to get lost in her wonder, feel the sand/earth between your toes, smell the plumeria's and pine trees around us, and immerse yourself with the spirit of the 'Aina'. Allow her to provide all that you need, let her teach, heal you, and guide you on this beautiful path called LIFE! 

Caroline lives life with a smile and an abundance of love in her heart for all beings.  She has a passionate dance in her soul to find all ways to heal different energies. She welcomes everyone with a hug, has a child like spirit of a Faery, and a nurturing mother to many young and old. In the past thirteen years, Caroline has gained experience and knowledge in plant medicine through courses in tropical plant medicine in Costa Rica and Hawaii, as well as a year long apprenticeship certification in sacred plant medicine in Vermont through the Gaia School of Healing.  She has experience as a Health Coach, a licensed Massage Therapist, and certifications in Reiki level I and II.

Karen has always been a scientist and nature conservationist at heart which has helped her develop a strong relationship with all living things. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology from Iowa State University. She has experience working as a conservationist at various aquariums and wild life rehabilitation centers teaching the community about the importance of conserving mother earth and all the beautiful living things this world has to offer. She has worked in various labs as a plant biologist, vet tech, and food nutrition analyst gaining knowledge in nutrition, anatomy, and physiology of both plants and animals. Karen studied tropical plant medicine with the Gaia school of healing and has certifications in Reiki levels I and II. 

Currently, we look forward to gathering with others and teaching workshops about Sacred plant medicine to spread the word on sustainable living, conservation, and how we can heal our bodies from the inside out using herbs and wise woman traditions to heal the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. Together we can pass on and guide the future generations of this world back to nature and the spiritual, loving, symbiotic relationship we share with Gaia, Mother Earth.

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