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, Two Spirit People, sex working folks, and low income Movement workers, organizers and activists.
No cost remedies are distributed at anti-oppression demonstrations 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 street involved 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.
As an Irish person who benefits from labour and resources that have been stolen from Black communities, consultations are offered free of charge and a share of all medicines grown are available at-cost for Black People.
M E E T T A R A :
Tara Ní Máirín (they/them) is a traditional herbalist and medicine grower who creates remedies based in Irish plant medicine traditions. They have been offering free, low cost and sliding-scale medicines and community care for the past 20 years.
As a survivor who studies the impacts of trauma, Tara's work is rooted in a harm reduction approach that honours supporting folks where they are at. As a person living with chronic pain and fluctuating dis/abilities, Tara holds much experience in working with herbal therapies to reduce and regulate pain levels. They come from a lower working class background and are committed to keeping their rates as accessibly-priced as possible.
Tara was raised in a Irish family who settled in Dish With One Spoon Territory, coming from english occupied Northern Ireland. Their fam have long been engaged in anti-colonial resistance and they hope to honour and continue that legacy.