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.

Our Staff

Katya Difani

Katya Difani

Founder

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.

Mackenzie Beckham

Mackenzie Beckham

Herbalist

Mackenzie came into Herbalism by being drawn to the southern pine forests and the alluring scent of honeysuckle drifting in the air. Her grandmother would lead her down a narrow dirt path to her garden and captivate Mackenzie with her knowledge of folk medicine. As a young woman, her mother excelled in the use of ornamentals in horticulture and enjoyed showing her and her sister how to landscape their own gardens.

Her formal educational journey began in Horticulture at Northwest Mississippi Community College where she studied underneath Botanist Bud Donahou. From there, Mackenzie discovered Bastyr University to continue her education in biodynamic farming and using plants medicinally, so she moved across the country to attend the Herbal Science program. After graduating in 2017, she studied more about the impact of food and diet on health. She now enjoys being able to share her knowledge with others at Herban Wellness as a staff herbalist.

Mackenzie loves reading, dancing, and experimenting with new recipes. She longs for the little moments with friends and family that help her better understand the inner workings of the universe.

Jessica Morse

Jessica Morse

Holistic Wellness Consultant

Jessica is a Denver native who got her start in herbalism in 2011 at her university‘s open house, when she stumbled upon the booth for what would turn out to be her graduate program: integrated therapeutic practices. With no previous exposure to holistic wellness, she was intrigued to say the least and knew immediately and intuitively that the program would alter her life’s trajectory. Indeed, it catalyzed and initiated a spiritual awakening and intentions to live more consciously and responsibly. She received her B.S. in Integrated Health with a Nutrition minor in 2014, with a focus in aromatherapy, Ayurvedic medicine and herbalism. She went on to work as a practicing herbalist at Moondance Botanicals, a long-standing, community-oriented apothecary, where she was further educated in western folk herbalism and wise woman traditions. She also made the shops medicinal and bath and beauty products and led spa parties. Since then, she has always kept a stocked home apothecary in order to remedy herself, family and friends and has occasionally sold products at markets and events.
Eager for a fresh start, Jessica moved to Washington in 2019 and took on work at a family-owned urban farm as an associate greenhouse operator, animal caretaker and tour guide, taking advantage of both wild and cultivated fruits, veggies and herbs to continue making her own herbal medicine and fermented veggies and fruit sodas. When the farm went out of business in the fall, she knew it was time to return to herbalism and was incredibly enthused to come on to Herban Wellness and begin serving the community again.
Jessica enjoys ecstatic dance, rollerblading, gardening and hiking and fictional books about spiritual journeys such as The Alchemist, Jitterbug Perfume and Illusions. She also loves to study astrology and archetypal medicine and experiment with making fermented and herbal foods and drinks. She aspires to teach classes, mentor girls and young women and grow her own food.

Abby!

Abby!

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.