Meet the Herbalist


Jill Barnattan is an impassioned and integrative Clinical Herbalist, truly believing in the healing qualities of plants, holistic nutrition, yoga, abhyasa (practice) and the innate power that each of us possesses to heal ourselves. Self care and utilizing self reliant healing tools is a top priority!

What does an herbalist do?

Jill has experienced the power of both yoga and food as powerful medicine. The majority of her adult life has been guided by her passions and constant work toward her own vital equilibrium thru the exploration of many methods of alternative healing and practices.

Jill understands that life is a journey with ups and downs and unwanted stress, leading to imbalance. Balancing never ends!  Her intention is to empower her clients thru education.  Jill provides each individual with personalized herbal remedies & customized self reliant tools to assist the body and mind to synergistically work together. Medicinal herbs, nourishing foods, yoga therapy and beneficial lifestyle choices are all part of a comprehensive back to wellness regime. She works side by side with her clients, empowering each person on their journey toward holistic wellness.

Jill's work as an herbalist began in studying the soil , organic farming methods and plants. She has worked as an organic farmer, private chef and herbal consultant, educating many on the use of medicinal herbs, healing foods, skin care products & vitamin supplements. She is passionate about creating unique and simple skin & food products with herbs, especially those grown in her own garden.

In 1996 Kaleidoscope Naturals was born. Jill's entrepreneurial spirit and diligence commenced a quest to produce high quality, effective potions made with organic herbs, fine quality essential oils and nutrient rich vegetable & seed oils.  All products are made with love, reiki energy, healing affirmations and non GMO, organically grown, wildcrafted or pesticide free herbs & oils.  We make NO MEDICINAL CLAIMS!  All products are formulated with reference to traditional uses of herbs.  ORGANIC HEMP & HERBAL HEALING SALVE is her first and most popular product.  HOT STUFF, a cayenne based salve, hit the market in 2014 after being refined and field tested.  Both signature salves continue to receive rave reviews!

In 2009, Jill relocated from Maui to the pristine mountains of Mendocino, where she has dedicated her time to advancing her knowledge of plants by wild harvesting, creating perennial herbal gardens and growing food that can be used as medicine.  She enthusiastically continues to create beautiful non gmo seed grown, pesticide free perennial gardens of traditional herbal medicine from the East & West in the pristine mountains of Mendocino, California. There are currently at least 50 medicinal and culinary herbs, both native and planted (mostly from seed) on the property, including an abundance of Qi filled garlic!

While in California, she has escalated her studies in the traditions of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and Western Herbalism. Some of her outstanding teachers include Lesley & Michael Tierra, Miles Coleman, Candis Cantin , Ken & Jessica Rose, Ben Zappin, Larken Bunce & Margi Flint. .   She continues to be inspired to learn & grow with her clients.

Jill is a dedicated Yoga student for over 20 years, always striving to dig deeper into her practice, concentrate on structural alignment and discover the poses that will assist her and others with common ailments and inner peace. She has gratefully studied under many disciples of BKS Iyengar and Patabi Jois including Nicki Doane, Eddie Modestini, Kay Huckabee, Kathleen Flanagan, HS Arun, Leigh Milne and Paul & Suzi Grilley.

Yoga has become an integral part of the many protocols she has proposed.   Both her yoga classes and programs combine her knowledge of  ancient healing traditions with the practice of yoga asana to give students and clients a better understanding of their own bodies. She only asks that each person is open, receptive and participative in the work to get to know themselves better and bring more balance in their lives. Most of all, having fun and participating with an open mind and light heart is key!  Laughter is good medicine!

Jill holds a certificate as a Certified Professional Planetary Herbalist from Lesley & Michael Tierra's East West School of Planetary Herbology, is a certified Yoga instructor & Reiki practitioner and is currently pursuing a Flower Essence Practitioner Certification from Flower Essence Services. She currently divides her time between the magical island of Maui and the pristine mountains of Mendocino, California.

In 2014 Jill founded Vital Equilibrium, LLC while on Maui.  In the most perfect world, Vital Equilibrium is the essential state of calm & balanced energy achieved when the body, mind and soul are in perfect alignment and we feel calm, grounded and full of vitality.  

Vital Equilibrium is now Kaleidoscope Naturals' hand crafted apothecary line.  Jill formulates seasonally and garden inspired self care spa and herbal creations exclusively to members of her CSA inspired Seasonal Herbal Apothecary Club

Herbal healing can be met using many approaches.  Experience the magic of herbs today!  Choose one or all of the following options.

1.  Sign up for a wellness consultation or private yoga class with Jill.  Work side by side with a competent herbalist, learn new things about yourself and discover YOUR vital equilibrium

2.  Purchase  herbal products produced by Kaleidoscope Naturals

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