Jam Haw Herbals Apothecary Launch
Welcome! I'm Jamesa Hawthorne, the herbal creative behind Jam Haw Herbals. To learn a little more about me and my journey with herbalism and holistic health, check out my bio!
What is Jam Haw Herbals?
-A black and queer owned herbal business that continues to bring you purposeful and potent products for health, wellness, ritual, and self care. Products are hand crafted in small batches, creatively inspired, & clinically informed. It is my desire with Jam Haw that you feel empowered to develop your own unique healing regimens as well as cultivate wellness in your personal life and communities.
What does this project accomplish?
-The Jam Haw Herbals Apothecary Launch is a project to complete the production of 150 SIX PACKS of WELLNESS as well as ELEVEN, a virtual apothecary marketplace experience, consisting of 11 different herbal extracts made available for you to mix and match to create your own personalized formulae. I've always prioritized accessibility and offered sliding scale prices, and plan to continue offering this as an option. Alongside of that, Jam Haw Herbals will be able to cultivate a physical space that is fitted with equipment for production that will grow to be open to the public for hosting workshops, events, and classes. This space and practice will center, be representative of, and prioritize Queer and Trans, Black and Brown Folks.
The Jam Haw SIX PACK of WELLNESS includes 6 Classic Tincture Blends:
- MINT CONDITION-You don't have to navigate day to day stressors without support and tools. Integrate ease into your day and soothe your tensions and anxieties with this minty trinity: Skullcap, Motherwort, and Peppermint.
- HEART TO HEART- Combat heart ache and strains of the physical and emotional heart with this elixir of nourishing and replenishing herbs: Hawthorn Berry/ Leaf/ & Flower, Linden, Rose Petals, & Ginger.
- BLISS- Take the edge off and tap into your pleasure centers with the help of nourishing, adaptogenic, euphoric, and feel good herbs: Holy Basil, Damiana, Catnip, Reishi, & Hibiscus.
- DREAM TIME- May you honor your dreams, both in waking life and slumber, with this cosmic blend of herbs traditionally used to support dream work, recall, and relaxation: Kava Kava, Sage, Saint John’s Wort, Lavender, Mugwort, and Damiana.
- IMMUNITY BUILDER- Add this immunity blend to your preventative health care regimen and replenish your body's reserves while deepening it's capacity for keeping you well: Astragalus, Elderberry, Thyme, Rosehip, & Echinacea.
- PROCESS- Give your hard working liver extra support and love with Burdock, Dandelion, Artichoke, Ginger, & Milk Thistle Seed.
The above Jam Haw Classic Tinctures are always formulated for potency, effect, & taste with strong priorities of intention, sustainability, quality, & ethical sourcing.
The Virtual Apothecary Experience ELEVEN includes:
- Herbal extracts of 11 different medicinal herbs, like Lavender, Ginger, Yarrow, and Hawthorn Berry, made available on their own as well as for mixing and matching into your own custom blend.
- The main focus with ELEVEN will be on providing you accessible, potent, and effective products, prioritizing fresh plant extractions where possible, and ethical sourcing from small herb farmers.
- As with all Jam Haw products, strong priorities of intention, sustainability, quality, & ethical sourcing are the backbone.
Up Until Now,
...people have been able to purchase Jam Haw products sporadically at markets, by messaging me on Instagram, and at its first retail shop in New Orleans: May Pop Community Herb Shop. These products have consisted of tinctures, tea blends, and topical skin care. If you know me, you know I’ll do anything to press and bottle a tincture and will do so in the back of my car if I have to. For years, I’ve been cooking down syrups and salves in any kitchen I can access and stocking endless jars with herbs on shelves just about anywhere. I have truly enjoyed learning and creating in this way, your support thus far has filled me up, my cup is truly overflowing! However, with limited space and resources, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with your valued requests and orders in a sustainable manner.
With the success of this project,
Jam Haw Herbals will be able to give you a more consistent and sustainable level of care. You’ll be able to purchase Jam Haw Classic Tinctures separate or as a Six Pack of Wellness. Furthermore, you’ll be able to formulate your own blends from an online selection of herbal extracts.
I plan to operate out of a functioning workshop based in Los Angeles, CA, where I can make, package, and ship products to fill individual online orders as well as larger retail store orders. This space will be conducive to these operations and will allow for much needed growth within my herbal practice. It will also be made available to QTIBIPOC folks for hosting healing centered workshops and events. The near future looks like keeping your favorite Jam Haw classics in stock and making available the option to customize your tincture blends. Beyond this project, I’d like to cultivate the space and resources to continue developing new Jam Haw products as well as collaborate with other Queer and Trans Artisans of Color to develop holistic care packages and other creative healing projects. In the long term, I dream of offering the community in person services along the lines of event/workshop space to foster education and connection. Supporting Jam Haw is supporting the growth and development of marginalized creatives, healers, and artisans in cultivating healing spaces, tools, and resources by and for each other.
MY INITIAL GOAL OF $16,000 will allow me to complete the production of 150 SIX PACKS of WELLNESS and set up the first version of the online apothecary, ELEVEN. Funds will be put towards production costs, space rental, and compliance with manufacturing standards.
MY STRETCH GOAL OF $22,000 will allow Jam Haw Herbals to truly stretch into this new version of existence by expanding the online apothecary from ELEVEN to THIRTY THREE. This will give the Jam Haw community even more options to choose from when developing their very personal herbal blends. I will also be able to branch out into exploring new products, continued education, and continued collaboration.
Any amount further raised will be gratefully circulated within the business to extend to you deeper levels of care and healing in each handcrafted herbal product and service.
I love you all so much!! You’ve been vulnerable and authentic with me and have let me in on your healing journeys as I learn along the way. I truly cherish that! Thank you to anyone who has shared with me in tasting my many mysterious herbal tea brews and midnight elixirs to give me valuable feedback and share in the experience. Thank you to each of you who have shared my posts on social media and tell your friends and families about Jam Haw Herbals. Thank you to those who have helped me study and let me practice and rehearse for workshops and classes with them. Thank you to those who have reached out and offered words of encouragement and support. Thank you to those who reach out to see what I have available and offer me the opportunity to exchange my craft with you. You're all deeply appreciated and I desire to continue bringing you accessible herbal blends at more fulfilling and consistent levels. I desire to extend a sense of care in each product that is unfortunately not present enough in our average doctor visit or over the counter medicine. Healing is a journey and I feel it should be an empowering and liberating one that honors our varying individual needs for space and time to do so. Together we can do anything, so lets continue the joyful work of decolonizing our healing tools and spaces, manifesting abundance, and supporting and uplifting each other! THANK YOU!!!!
Thank you for checking out my campaign & remember this is an ALL OR NOTHING fundraiser, so please contribute if you can and share widely!
With 11 different reward options, there is a little something for everyone! Here are few of them:
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Risks and challenges
As I continue to develop products, classic recipes may change slightly. This could be due to availability and sustainability of herbs, flavor profiling, and intended effects. I'll be as transparent as I can throughout the process!
The estimated shipping dates are just that, estimates! I hope to fill your orders sooner than estimated, but things happen and I appreciate all your flexibility and patience during this launch journey!
- (30 days)