Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary
Who is Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary?
Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary LLC is more than just a business - we are a community dedicated to personal healing and community liberation on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Our mission is to provide a platform where people can come together to learn, grow and build. We believe in the power of knowledge, and the importance of continuing the work our ancestors have done to provide us with a blueprint towards liberation.
We strive to move beyond the paradigms of selfishness, fear, and doubt, and into solution-building, accessibility, and sustainability. Our mission is to encourage our members to move towards authenticity and collectively create opportunities that are community-governed and sustainable for us all.
We are committed to promoting a culture of inclusivity, collaboration, and exploration. We are passionate about helping our members lead a more sustainable, fulfilling life.
Our mission is to make a positive impact on the community, from providing educational workshops to hosting events that bring people together. Together, we are building a supportive and inclusive environment to help foster growth and collaboration. We are passionate about our work and our mission to create a place of connection and understanding.
We use the framework of a honey hive and apothecary of souls--- a hive of bees understanding the collective mission honor ourselves as individuals and community members. As we continue to learn and build together, our honey pours itself over for all to experience as one.
As an apothecary of people, we are the healing herbs that heals ourselves and supports each other in healing. With that combination of bees, honey and herbs, we create a powerful and integrated blend from Mama Earth that acts as our guide towards personal and collective freedom.
Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary briefly started as a community-led social media platform on Instagram in February of 2020 as a space for our founder, Jaee Honey Sumter, to share their story, create self-produced programming, and offer spiritual as well as explorative information for the collective that they learned along the way.
During its inception, Jaee resided in China to teach and met some extraordinary people. Jaee also learned about their communities and stories by connecting with them. These communities and countries included Myanmar, China, Thailand, and Laos. The stories centered on unjust experiences from powerful movement shakers from and living in countries like Bulgarian and South Africa. Due to the difficulties of communication with loved ones in the U.S., Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary moved towards the direction of social media after Jaee's experiences years of doing this work naturally in physical space. This virtual outlet opened many doors to integrate and create programming that existed in caring, transparent and inclusive forms.
Weeks after its conception, Covid '19 occurred; the hive quickly and naturally manifested as a virtual space on Instagram for people to find comfort, make new connections with people around the world, explore themselves, actualize their ideas, and radically share their stories in the most authentic and creative outlets. Our programming centered on all fields and manifested through virtual music performances, artist & poet talks, dance and art workshops, healing circles, community donation drives, herbal insight, collective tarot, and astrology readings, quarantine zine, YouTube series, Radial Self-Love highlights, cooking recipes, talks about our vision and purpose in the world.
This vision guided Jaee further into this realm, especially with their elders shifting into the ancestral world due to COVID misdiagnosis. Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary helped Jaee to process all that was occurring in their life. In February of 2021, Sweet Herbal Honey became an LLC entity and a full access online archive that acts as our website and displays all physical and virtual programming from the community. The Sweet Honeycomb archive honors mutual investment, creative freedom, mindfulness, artivism, reimagination, and tangible solution-building through storytelling. By exploring and learning the tools that work most naturally for us, we can inspire and feel inspired in expanding our momentum in further action and production.
As of January 2023, Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary is a traveling interdisciplinary community creative agency and digital archive that produces community-centered creative-based projects, programs, events, and services that give back to low-income communities in need. We develop fundraiser-based creative programming and partner with community-focused POC creators, collectives, businesses, and organizations to collectively merge and build further in our platforms to bring new sustainable and innovative cultural community ideas into fruition, step-by-step. We work directly and side-by-side with communities in need that honor their voice in providing the most aligned services and experiences for them, their families, and the community at large.