Herbal Solutions for Common Health Issues

103 Lake Street South
Kirkland, Washington

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Monday - Saturday
10:00 to 6:00

11:00 to 5:00

206 330 2171


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Herban Wellness strives to provide access to information on health and how to achieve your healthcare goals, whether that is to support your body's return to health or to achieve a more energetic and optimal health.

Meet the founder: Katya Difani

Katya founded Herban Wellness in downtown Kirkland, Washington in 2009 with the intention of creating a space where people can purchase high quality herbs and herbal products and experience a true herbal apothecary or "natural pharmacy."

Herban Wellness Owner and Herbalist Katya Difani

Herbalism and the practice of using whole foods grown in an organic, sustainable manner came naturally to her, as she grew up on a cattle ranch in western Montana where her parents grew the majority of their food. Her mother introduced her to herbal medicine, whole foods nutrition, and a deep love and respect for Nature and the Earth. The awareness of how our health is impacted by what we consume and our mental, emotional, and spiritual health, began as a teenager. This is when she had health issues arise that led to a significant dietary change and supplementation with herbs and other natural products that led to a dramatic improvement in her health and vitality.

The study of herbal medicine as a health-care discipline felt like a natural move for Katya to make after some time in the world. So, after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Cultural Anthropology, with a minor in Psychology in 2002, she went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Herbal Science from Bastyr University in June of 2007. She continued adding to her knowledge through internships and some clinical herbal training.

Katya teaches classes through Herban Wellness on natural skincare, herbal medicine for prevention and health maintenance, as well as for addressing common health issues. She also speaks at various events around the area, has been interviewed on several holistic health radio shows, writes a monthly newsletter, and blogs regularly on herbs and health on the Herban Wellness website. She also does private consultations on herbal medicine for supporting individuals and their family's health.

What's to come: The next evolution of Herban Wellness is to join a collaborative, sustainable lifestyle wellness center, which Katya is co-creating with a business partner. The OPTLife Wellness Center will open in the fall of 2017 and the Herban Wellness Community shop will expand its offerings to include other sustainable lifestyle products, in addition to expanding its herbal apothecary. There will be a community classroom space, treatment rooms and healers to offer a variety of holistic healing modalities, an infusion bar where there will be blended herbal beverages, herbal lattes, therapeutic juices and smoothies, and spaces for experiential learning, community involvement, and learning to take place.

Michele Miligan, Herbalist and Assistant Manager

Michele came into studying herbal and natural medicine as means of preventative health. As a young adult she became passionate about understanding nutrition and the need to care for our environment to keep a healthy circle of life. Through this passion developed a need to understand food sources and how to help others maintain health as well. Herbal medicine provided a platform to gain deeper understanding of past generational approaches to food and health care of their communities.

Herban Wellness Owner and Herbalist Katya Difani

A natural evolvement of studies lead Michele to complete a Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University. After graduation she continued working at the University as Assistant Garden Supervisor of the Medicinal Herb Garden. Through garden management she was better able to achieve more complex relationship with growing and using medicinal plants on a daily basis. Further education includes analytic research of medicinal plants, alchemy, biodynamic farming and permaculture, whole foods therapeutic cooking, and community public health. Michele believes if we can clean up our agriculture systems and re-introduce forgotten knowledge of healthy nutritious cooking and daily use of herbs a community can become healthier and thriving.

Herbal medicine allows the individual to find their own innate healing capacity within themselves, whether it be a physical, mental or emotional change. Within this change an effect happens that emanates to the surrounding. As the surrounding life enriches a great feedback loop is created and all is supported. Michele is dedicated to introducing wellness through plant medicine and hopes to help you on your journey.

Lara Healy, Herbalist and Core Retail Staff

Lara Healy began her herbal training in 2014 in Costa Rica. She studied under Rachel Thomas, a renowned herbalist in Puerto Viejo. From there, Lara decided to return to the United States to expand upon her herbal education. She was accepted to the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism (CSCH) in Boulder, Colorado. There, she completed The Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism and The Advanced Medical Herbalism programs. After her graduation from CSCH in 2016, she moved to Kirkland, Washington. She is currently a student at Cascadia Community College, where she is completing the necessary prerequisite coursework to become a Naturopathic Doctor.

Herban Wellness Owner and Herbalist Katya Difani

Lara completed two Bachelor's Degrees from the University of Minnesota in Spanish Studies and in Women's Studies, with an accompanying minor in Cultural Anthropology. She graduated from her undergraduate programs at the top of her class with summa cum laude level honors. She is a also a certified Reiki Level II practitioner and a certified yoga instructor. She believes that nutrition is the foundation of health and that herbal medicine is a powerful alternative to conventional medicine and pharmaceuticals.

Lara plays guitar, enjoys running, and loves to read. Her favorite book is "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. Her favorite pastimes are sipping coffee with friends, laughing around a campfire, and getting lost in the great outdoors.

Meet the Store Mascot: Abby

Herban Wellness Store Mascot Abby

What is the most common question Katya gets at Herban Wellness? Since January 2009 when Katya welcomed Abby into her life, it's "What kind of dog is Abby?"

Abby is a rescue, so of unknown breed mix. Our best guess is that she's golden retriever-shephard mix. She is a generally mellow shop dog who welcomes scratches and pets of any kind, especially on her belly, and is a sweet, gentle soul whose spunk and energy comes out when another dog enters the shop or when she gets to be outside, preferably chasing ducks in Marina Park or hiking the nearby mountains.

Health is not simply the absence of disease, but a state of vitality that allows us to live our lives to their fullest.

Herban Wellness Classes an Events

We will always offer classes to help you build on your knowledge of your health and help you to make informed decisions for your health. Please see our current class list, check availability, and sign up for classes on our Class page.

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