The Origins of Sweet Like Honey
Sweet Like Honey was born out of my own healing journey towards wholeness. As an Afro-Indigenous woman moving through a society designed to my detriment, I often found myself at odds with the western medical system. My pain and symptoms were dismissed or treated without searching for a root cause of the condition I was experiencing, and as a result of the latter, any recovery was often temporary.
Due to the treatment I received, I often left encounters with doctors feeling unheard, unhealed, and with hundreds of dollars in medical fees. I decided to take my health into my own hands by thoroughly researching symptoms and using herbal remedies to treat my concerns. Plant medicine offered me more success in my healing journey than pharmaceutical drugs, without the side effects. I found that by thoroughly researching my health concerns from a holistic approach, I was able to get to the root cause of the condition I was experiencing.
To be clear, I am not against modern/western medicine, in fact, I believe that some of the advancements in modern medicine are beneficial to health. However, there are limitations to treating health conditions from a symptomatic or allopathic lens. I believe that modern medicine and ancestral medicine can inform each other and work together in tandem. As a healer, I have the ability to integrate traditional ancestral remedies with modern medicine and create a healing experience that is not only effective but also practical. Using my background as a certified athletic trainer and spiritual herbalist, I blend the scientific and the spiritual, two concepts that at first glance seem contradictory but in reality are complementary, and I use them to inform my practice. To me, healing is about balance and finding common ground.
Sweet Like Honey’s core mission is to inspire, uplift, and empower communities to take their health & well being into their own hands through a holistic approach. My vision is to see the collective become empowered through a holistic sense of wellness and use that energy to create a sustainable future that centers the health of the individual, the community, nature, and Mother Earth. Our liberation and healing is interconnected to the liberation and healing of the earth. Sweet Like Honey approaches healing through an ancestral lens of Afro-Indigenous practices and is committed to creating & living sustainably through a reciprocal relationship with Mother Earth based on: connection, reverence, protection, & stewardship. The mission of Sweet Like Honey is grounded in values of integrity, honesty, vulnerability, reciprocity, grace, accountability, and sustainability.
About Yahna Miele Tullis
Yahna Miele Tullis was born and raised in Elizabeth & Union, New Jersey and currently based in Bridgeport, CT. She is the product of the land she lives on and the community she lives with. Yahna is an Afro-Indigenous woman with ancestral roots in Virginia, Alabama, and St. Thomas. She takes great pride in her name "Yahna" meaning "God is merciful/gracious" in Hebrew, "Miele" meaning "honey" in Italian, and "Tullis" meaning "mighty people" in Gaelic. Yahna is the daughter of D'Ta-Relle & Harold Tullis, granddaughter of Willie Lucille Reaves & Winston Johnson and Bertha & Carl Raymond Tullis Jr., and great granddaughter of Ella Mae Lovelace. She honors and says the names of those who come before her they are essential to her existence and integral to her journey as a healer and spiritualist.
Yahna is dedicated to uplifting the community with products and services created with divine intention and guided by God & her ancestors. She wears many hats as an herbalist with training from Sacred Vibes Apothecary, a certified athletic trainer with a B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Pittsburgh, interdisciplinary artist, and educator. Yahna integrates the knowledge and experiences she has gained through out her studies to curate a holistic healing experience for her community. She believes that healing is a communal effort that should should be filled with grace and sweetness and lives by the motto “let’s heal together”.