A B O U T
W H A T I T ' S A L L
O F F E R I N G S :
Every month, Catalyst Community Herbals offers an Herbshare: A collection of freshly brewed, potent herbal remedies crafted from seasonally available herbs and created to support vitality. Herbshares are available at a wide sliding-scale rate to accommodate differing levels of income and access; a mutual aid model is utilized which gives an opportunity for folks with more access to resources and privileges to directly support folks who have less access to those things. All profits from the Herbshares directly sustains the Catalyst Community Herbals project by being put towards growing and production costs.
HOMOGROWN HERBAL REMEDIES
Organically grown, hand harvested and crafted in small batches. Herbs are harvested when they are in season, brewed into fresh elixirs, tinctures, infused honeys and medicinal vinegars, as well as infused oils, salves and balms. Fresh herbs are carefully dried for teas, herbal bath blends and smoking mixtures. Remedies are available to Tara's clients, through the monthly Herbshare and via pop up potion sales throughout the year. Remedies are available at a wide sliding-scale rate to accommodate differing levels of income and access; a mutual aid model is utilized which gives an opportunity for folks with more access to resources and privileges to directly support folks who have less access to those things. Get in touch for more information about remedies.
For those who wish to receive deeper personal support, consultations are offered in which a care plan and personalized herbal remedies are created for you. Consults are available at a wide sliding scale rate to respect differing levels of income and access. Free of cost consults are available to folks who are Indigenous to Turtle Island as a gesture of solidarity towards right relations. Free of cost consults are available for Black People as a gesture of solidarity and in support of Black Liberation. Due to high demand there are limited free of cost consults available, please review the herbal consultation page for details.
W O R K I N G
T O W A R D S
S O L I D A R I T Y :
As a commitment to weaving ever evolving, anti-oppressive practices into this project, approximately half of the herbal remedies grown and made are offered at-cost and for free when possible. At-cost pricing means that the cost of materials gets covered and there is no profit made.
At-cost remedies go directly to Tara's clients and community who hold identity as low/no income Queer & Trans folks and 2 Spirit People, low/no income single parents, low/no income people living with disabilities, and low/no income Movement workers and community organizers.
No cost remedies are distributed via Street Medic work, are offered up to pop-up healing clinics and Healing Justice fundraisers throughout Turtle Island (north america), and are shared with houseless people through personal relationships and through grassroots community outreach.
In solidarity with those who are most impacted by the oppressions of settler colonialism and white supremacy, priority for at-cost and free-of-cost remedies always goes to lower income Black People and Indigenous People.
Herbs are tended by hand on 1/4 acre of rented organic garden space in Dish With One Spoon territory. As an uninvited guest on these occupied territories, Tara is committed to sharing the knowledges they carry and the resources they have access to as a way to extend care and as a gesture towards building right relations. Consultations are offered free of charge and a share of all medicines grown are available at-cost for folks who are Indigenous to Turtle Island, on request.
As a white Irish person who benefits from labour and resources that have been systemically stolen from Black communities, consultations are offered free of charge and a share of all medicines grown are available at-cost for Black People, on request.
A B O U T T A R A :
Tara Ní Máirín (they/them) is a queer intersex Femme and a traditional herbalist who grows medicines, shares knowledge and creates remedies based in Irish plant medicine traditions. They have been growing and offering free, low cost and sliding-scale herbal medicines for the past 20 years.
Tara is a trauma survivor who studies the impacts that trauma can have on minds, bodies and spirits. Their work is rooted in a harm reduction approach that looks like respecting and supporting folks where they are at. As a person living with chronic pain and disability, Tara holds much experience in working with herbal therapies to reduce and regulate pain levels.
Tara grew up in a working class Irish family settled in Dish With One Spoon territory, coming from english occupied Northern Ireland. Their fam have long been involved in anti-colonial organizing and it is Tara's intention to honour this legacy.