The Power of Plant Medicine.

What kisses your skin on the daily? Take notice as it truly has the power to either harm or heal. Skin is the body’s largest organ and it’s essential that we honor our skin as the sacred covering that it is. One of the best ways to engage in this honoring is to utilize high-quality and medicinal essential oils that not only nourish our skin and please our sense of smell, but are absorbed into the body’s bloodstream where they can create miraculous transformations in other areas of the body. Fern Olivia, founder of Ajai Alchemy, has tapped into these numerous potentials for miracles by creating a line of all organic, therapeutic apothecary blends based on the healing power of essential oils.

Fern’s blends can evoke everything from profound self-love, healing, and exploration, to abundant vitality, creativity, and courage. My life has been deeply touched by the extraordinary powers of these oils. We had some time to interview Fern Olivia and dive into the magic of her wisdom. Enjoy hearing about her journey and the Ajai alchemy that she creates with exquisite intention.

 

Interview with Fern Olivia.

Living Wholly: In your words, how are you serving the world and contributing your gifts?

Fern Olivia: During my spiritual awakening, I realized my purpose is to help people embody their most vibrant, healthy, radiant selves so that they may serve the world with confidence! My own journey in healing from a Hashimoto’s hypothyroid condition was my initiation into being inspired to serve others and contribute my wisdom to elevate the collective.

I believe that what you hold back from in life, life will hold back from you. So if you’re not speaking up, sharing your talents with the world, and honoring your truth, your life will likely be a reflection of that. In fact, it’s likely that you’ll be kept small by certain situations, relationships and scenarios. Perhaps you’re being paralyzed by doubts and ‘what-if’ thoughts, or maybe your health isn’t good, your body is rebelling, and you’re struggling to get through each day. It may feel that things are crashing down all around you… but don’t worry - everything is fine. Out of that crash, the phoenix can rise up from the ashes.

Each of us has our own unique gifts to give to the world, and in turn, the world will reciprocate and gift us with a life that loves us back. In terms of health, we’ll have a body that loves us, and serves as a finely-tuned vehicle that we can use as a resource to serve the world and others.  

Through my Thyroid Yoga® program, and my newest passion project Nosara Wellness Guide and Buena Vibra Cleanses - which have been birthed as a result of years of my own personal experiments, research and intimate journey - I have created retreats and experiences through which thousands of women and men have been able to tap into their own self-healing by adapting holistic rituals to support their vitality, and becoming their own intuitive healers.

Living Wholly: What inspired you to create Ajai?

Fern Olivia: When I started to become attuned to the incredible healing potential of nature's medicine cabinet, I became intrigued. I started experimenting with essential oils and was astounded by how effectively they brought me back into balance and cleared up the symptoms I had been struggling with for so long. Every morning, I began applying essential oils to my thyroid (base of neck) and adrenals (lower back) as well as the thyroid and adrenal reflexology points on my feet. In the evenings, I began applying the oils to the bottoms of my feet by massaging them with essential oils and coconut oil on the thyroid and parathyroid points. I experienced colossal changes in how I was feeling.

The simple self-care ritual of rolling a seductive fragrance on my throat and heart chakra every day, while repeating affirmations, has radically changed my life - I knew I had to share this with the world. Inspired by my own practice, my first creation was Grace Alchemy - a rose, sandalwood and patchouli blend that makes you fall in love with yourself over and over again.



Living Wholly: What are the primary intentions behind your products?

Fern Olivia: Ajai Alchemy is an all organic, therapeutic apothecary line based around the healing power of essential oils. Each product is alchemized with a specific intention and created with an intuitive, playful approach, while being determined by and cemented in the science and healing properties of each ingredient.

Essential oils are potent! They can be utilized to enhance each and every moment, and are a direct way to regulate our stress or calming responses. Within a minute, our skin absorbs whatever we put on and delivers it to the bloodstream. Because of this, all the healing wisdom of the plants and botanicals from which the essential oils are derived, are acclimated by our bodies on all levels.

Ajai is all about being our own alchemist… because we know exactly what we need.

I love to play with essential oils, reaching out for whichever ones spark my interest in that particular moment - and this is what I want to encourage every Ajai customer to do. But, we live busy lives and so I have put together the most enticing and synergistic blends for easy on-the-go use.

Our bodies are not ignorant or deceitful - all they need is a pause, some love, and for their needs to be heard. Tuning in to that frequency is an incredible act of love. Ajai is built around ritual. I start every yoga practice by applying Grace Alchemy to my thyroid gland, tracing the infinity sign horizontally and massaging my lymph nodes - it serves as a luxurious reminder that treating ourselves with love is important.

Living Wholly: What is the process of creating each new alchemy? How do you choose the combinations?

Fern Olivia: My process is completely intuitive and based on creating products I use on myself every day. In forming each blend, I ask myself, “What would serve me in this moment?” Sometimes, the answer is geared towards finding energy and mental clarity during the times I have brain fog, or giving myself luxurious love and surrendering into my feminine. The essential oil combinations are inspired by the self-taught knowledge of essential oils I accumulated through curiosity. I’ve always had an attuned nose for fragrances, and I think this gift has served me well.

Living Wholly: Can you explain some of the key benefits of plant medicine?

Fern Olivia: Since ancient times, the plant kingdom has provided rare and powerful extracts and essences that have been prized for their beauty enhancing, medicinal, spiritual, aromatic and therapeutic value.

Aromatic plants, essences and oils have been used for ages in ceremony, religious observances, beauty care, food preparation and preservation, as incense, and for perfumes. Aromatic plants have also been the basis for herbal and botanical medicines and remedies for thousands of years. In fact, they’re the root of today’s pharmaceuticals.

Many new clinical studies and publications have documented the efficacy and benefits of plant medicine, including essential oils. A living plant is a complex system with thousands of interacting chemicals, and many of them work together in synergy – creating a greater impact than the effect of consuming isolated components in single molecule pharmaceuticals.

Living Wholly: How can essential oils support those with autoimmune conditions?

Fern Olivia: After years of struggling against my body and trying a combination of pharmaceutical drugs to cope with Hashimoto’s hypothyroid condition, an autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid, I began experimenting with essential oils. I was intrigued when I became attuned to their incredible healing potential.

At the worst of my symptoms—sluggishness, constant bloating and all-over puffiness, digestive pain, and mental fogginess—I was on a significant dose of thyroid medication, taking up to 175 mcg of Synthroid daily. I had already said farewell to processed foods, gluten, refined sugars, and any ingredients made in a laboratory. But even with this healthy lifestyle and high dosage of thyroid hormone, I still felt awful - even though my tests "looked fine."

To wean off the high dosage of Synthroid, I decided to give essential oils a try. I was astounded by how effectively they brought me back into balance and cleared up the symptoms I had been struggling with.

Using certified organic and therapeutic grade essential oils on a daily basis has the power to provide tremendous healing benefits. These high-quality essential oils are gently distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world.

There are hundreds of powerful essential oils that can heal conditions ranging from thyroid disease to chronic congestion, fatigue, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, to autoimmune and chronic inflammatory conditions.

Living Wholly: What are your top three essential oils? And what are their benefits?

Rose

Rose is the highest vibration flower and essential oil, and is a signature scent for love. It immediately carries you to a place of heart-centered awareness and helps you focus on love, which is the ultimate healer. Everything that comes from a place of love is healing, and all healing encompasses love. For this reason, the more love you adorn yourself with, the more healing energy you’ll attract. Rose oil brings peace and tranquility through its delicate aroma.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood is a sacred oil with an allure that invokes high spiritual wisdom and knowledge. It passes on the secrets of the Universe to you, and unlocks the mysteries held within. It can be an excellent oil to use when working with clients, as you’ll reach new depths of insight and uncover the true source of their concerns. It will work this way with you, too. Sandalwood balances physical and mental desires, enhances creativity, and helps you become comfortable with who you are. It is a wonderful aphrodisiac and calms the body and mind.

Patchouli

Patchouli is grounding and brings you back into your body. When you’re cleansing, you may begin to feel ungrounded, and Patchouli will help you get back into your heart, as your thoughts will come from a compassionate, heart-centered space. When you wear Patchouli oil, you’ll feel more stable and balanced.

You’ll find these essential oils in my Grace Alchemy and Grace Hair, Face and Body Oil.

Living Wholly: Why do you feel that it’s important to use organic ingredients?

Fern Olivia: Purity matters—the market is saturated with all kinds of essential oils, so it can be difficult to tell what’s actually pure, organic, and free from harsh chemicals—especially important if you're putting these oils on your skin.

Essential oils are also 50 – 75% more powerful than the herb or plant itself, so a little goes a long way. However, that also means that any pesticides and insecticides from non-organic sources will be rapidly absorbed into your body in concentrated amounts - so choosing organic and/or wildcrafted is essential.

Living Wholly: Where do you source your ingredients from?

Fern Olivia: I source my essential oils from a Certified Master Aromatherapist and Herbalist based in California. She embraces sustainable, organic farming practices that honor farms and their communities, sourcing from the finest oil distilleries and selecting farms from all over the world.

I use all certified organic, sustainably harvested, therapeutic-grade essential oils, and it was important for me to source them from ethical suppliers. When I was creating my brand, I wanted to know exactly what people would be putting on their bodies, and that it was harvested in a sustainable, eco-friendly way. Using sustainably sourced oils means using plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment to be mindful of our precious eco-system.  

Living Wholly: What are some of your favorite rituals that come with your products?

Fern Olivia: Morning face massage with jade roller and a botanical avocado and honey face mask recipe, for radiant skin.

Massaging the face and neck in the morning is an excellent way to de-puff and clear any fluid congestion that may have built up overnight. A jade roller is the ultimate holistic answer to lymphatic drainage for the face. The magic lies within the semi-precious jade itself, since jade remains cold while in contact with the skin, allowing the pores to close and tighten. Jade also naturally emits infrared rays, which warm and increase blood circulation and thin the lymph - the layer of fluid beneath the skin's surface. The physical movement and pressure on the skin also gets the lymph moving and thus, a smooth, serene-looking complexion for yourself.

How-to:

  • Apply a few drops of Radiance Hair, Body, and Face Oil to your face and massage in gently.
  • Use a jade roller on your face, applying minimal pressure. This will help the healing properties of the botanicals in the oil to penetrate the skin for extra smoothing, firming, and pore-reducing results.
  • Next, apply a soothing and hydrating face mask: Smash up a quarter of a ripe avocado with a blob of raw honey and add a few extra drops of coconut and Grace Body Oil for a lovely, sultry fragrance that will last all day.

 

Living Wholly: What are three tips for people who would like to experience radical self-love and luxurious self-care?

One: Put yourself first every morning. Sadhana - or daily practice - is a must for me, and it's a pillar that I talk about in my Thyroid Yoga course. It's a nonnegotiable holy practice that reminds me that I am worthy before I go out into the world — and yes, that means before I turn on my phone and check email or my Instagram feed. This ritual may be the most revolutionary and holy gift you give yourself.

Two: Ask yourself each morning, “How am I choosing to be free today?” Self-love doesn't sing to the tune of how much kale you ate this week, or how many times you had your workout clothes on. Self-love is about how we can relax into ourselves and make space for the freedom to feel, think, and do as we want. If something gives you a kick in your step, puts a cheeky grin on your face, a twinkle in your eye, or gives you a bit more zeal, then please do it! We need more vibrant and alive human beings in the world.

Three: Bow in devotion to the abundance you attract. If you catch yourself using excuses like, “It’s too expensive” or, “I don’t have it in my budget” when you pass on getting a massage or spa treatment, or say no to the retreat you know would be good for your body, soul, and relationships, notice this scarcity mindset with compassion. Then, change the way you give to yourself and say a wholehearted yes to the next beautiful opportunity to take care of yourself. You’ll be surprised at how abundance is welcomed into your life when you decide to fully give yourself the love and adoration you truly deserve.

These daily experiences can provide a deep feeling of stability, warmth, and comfort. I like to view it as cloaking myself with a blanket of love before I step out into the world.

Living Wholly: Is Ajai Alai a mantra that supports your journey? Is this a practice you integrate into your day?

Fern Olivia: In Kundalini yoga, chanting the Ajai Alai mantra for 40 days in your daily sadhana will give you great strength to overcome any obstacle, lifting you from negativity and re-aligning you with the Divine Vortex. It’s something I’ve devoted to chanting and playing every day. During a time when I was feeling stuck and heavy, this mantra lifted me and inspired a major moment of creativity and expansion. When I first created the essential oil blends, I received the divine download to call the brand “Ajai Alchemy” with the intention that my creations would also help you to feel invincible.

Ajai Alai Mantra Meaning:

Ajai Alai – Invincible. Indestructible

Abhai Abai – Fearless. Unchanging

Abhoo Ajoo – Unformed. Unborn

Anaas Akaas – Imperishable. Etheric

Aganj Abhanj – Unbreakable. Impenetrable

Alakkh Abhakkh – Unseen. Unaffected

Akaal Dy-aal – Undying. Merciful

Alaykh Abhaykh – Indescribable. Uncostumed

Anaam Akaam – Nameless. Desireless

Agaah Adhaah – Unfathomable. Incorruptible

Anaa-thay Pramaa-thay – Unmastered. Destroyer

Ajonee Amonee – Beyond birth. Beyond silence

Na Raagay Na Rangay – Beyond love. Beyond color

Na Roopay Na Raykhay – Beyond form. Beyond shape

Akarmang Abharmang – Beyond karma. Beyond doubt

Aganjay Alaykhay – Unconquerable. Indescribable

“Memorize this mantra by heart and start chanting it, and see the situation solved and the opposition dissolved right in your presence. Rather than arguing, questioning, answering and talking, just start chanting mentally. See what happens. I am not telling you that you will not face difficulties, because it’s the faculty of the moon to wax and wane; but whenever you are waxing and waning, and you are being attacked in one way or the other, start chanting it. You will excel. Accepting this is the beauty of every woman.”

— Yogi Bhajan


Living Wholly: What does living wholly mean to you?

Fern Olivia: To me, living wholly is fully embracing the healing food I nourish myself with, the sensual alchemy that kisses my skin, the gorgeous friends I choose to enjoy time with, the sacred home I have created, and the healing experiences I treat myself with every day. Living wholly is taking care of myself in the most loving and kind-hearted way.

Living wholly means living a life which embodies our truest, most authentic self, and helps you feel nourished and fulfilled. Through that fulfillment, you begin to perspire radiance and you become a magnet for beauty. Your life becomes a mirror of everything you nourish yourself with. Your work, your relationships, and your own personal rituals become a holistic retreat that you crave to come home to, again and again. Ultimately, your gift to the world becomes your natural, liberated self-expression, which inspires everyone around you to live fearlessly as well. This has become my mission and my gift, and it is so easy to give fully from my heart when I am living wholly in my jungle home in Nosara, Costa Rica.

Living Wholly: How can we connect with you?

Fern Olivia: I’m on instagram @fernolivia and Facebook and I love making new connections and sharing stories. Ajai is curated in Living Wholly's e-commerce collection. Peruse our line of alchemy and experience the beauty of essential oils.

You can learn more about me at www.fernolivia.com and explore retreats, cleanses, and teacher trainings with me in Nosara, Costa Rica at www.nosarawellnessguide.com

Fern’s insights into the power of utilizing nature’s medicine cabinet and also, living a life that is enhanced by presence, endless waves of love, and healing rituals consistently inspires me to notice and course correct as I wax and wane. Devotion to self love and freedom emanates from Fern when I see her in Los Angeles, Nosara, Aspen and everywhere our paths cross. This is one of her gifts.

Click here to explore the life-changing line of Ajai blends. Enjoy rolling these heavenly oils onto your skin and relishing in the incredible healing, transformation, and revelations they offer you.

with humility and love,



*This interview has been edited and condensed.




Jenny Emblom
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