About Herban Wellness

Herban Wellness is a retail herbal apothecary and wellness shop located in Kirkland, WA and serving herbal enthusiasts and customers through our online store. We offer a wide array of organic herbal products in the form of our in-house tea, powder, and tincture blends, customized herbal blends, bulk herbs and powders, high quality herbal capsules, essential oils and aromatherapy products and much more. Our dedicated, trained herbalists strive to create a healing space for our customers to feel heard and to get the best advice and products possible to meet their health needs and to help live a nontoxic lifestyle. Founded in 2009 by Katya Difani, we are dedicated to serving our community through our individualized consultations, classes, and high quality products.

Herban Wellness | 103 Lake Street, Kirkland, WA 98033

Our Staff

Katya Difani

Katya Difani


Katya founded Herban Wellness in downtown Kirkland, Washington in 2009 with the intention of creating a space where people can access herbal and nutritional products to support their health.  This shop is a true herbal apothecary or “natural pharmacy.”

Herbalism and the practice of using whole foods grown in an organic, sustainable manner came naturally to her, as she grew up on a ranch in Montana, where nature was all around her. Her parents grew their own food in an organic and sustainable manner. Her mom led excursions into the fields, mountains, and into her expanding herb garden to harvest medicinal plants and dry them for teas or make them into tinctures by soaking the roots or leaves in alcohol. Due to health issues as a teenager, Katya learned how the foods we eat can impact our health, how herbs and supplements can be used for healing, and how important our emotional and spiritual health is.

Katya was drawn to herbal medicine because it combined her interests in health and healing, as well as our intimate connection to Nature that she finds is such an important part of living a truly balanced and sustainable life. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Herbal Science from Bastyr University in June of 2007, trained clinically and professionally with a variety of Herbalists, and then chose to open Herban Wellness.

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.

Danica Connors

Danica Connors


Hello my name is Danica Connors and I am a Lyme literate herbalist, shamanic practitioner, and tarot reader.

I received my clinical herbal training on the East Coast at the Boston School of Herbal Studies and a Lyme specialization under the tutelage of head faculty member, Tommy Priester.

Before moving to the PNW, I worked in two herbal apothecaries in Rhode Island and ran a private herbal practice on Nantucket Island where Lyme disease is endemic to the population. I received my Shamanic training via Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies and branched off into teaching my own apprenticeship that includes a combination of core shamanism and Wicca. I have been reading tarot for over 30 years. Herbal tarot is one of my passions! I love combining the clinical knowledge of herbalism with the spirituality of the green world both in my practice and my everyday life. I am also a practicing witch for over 30 years, so I have a deep connection to Mother, and the magic she gifts us through the plant world has been my spiritual foundation and my utter joy. The plants teach me every day and I am humbled and grateful.

When you can’t find me at Herban Wellness, you can be sure to find me at my favorite Irish pub session (I have definitely been known to sing a song or two), leading Wiccan ritual or ensconced in the corner of some fabulous bookstore. Bright Green blessings to you all!



Mascot and Shop Pup

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.