Deanna Rose Ahigian, L.Ac, Dipl. OM
Deanna Rose Ahigian is an herbalist & natural perfumer living in Mānoa Valley on the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i. When not tending to her garden or exploring the jungle, she can usually be found whipping up elixirs or experimenting with botanical aromatics, pigments and medicines. She is committed to creations that allow nature to work in its truest forms.
Deanna grew up with her hands in the dirt, by the side of her second-generation Armenian parents in the ever-expanding gardens of their Massachusetts home. She first began independently exploring the realm of natural skin care while in college, and is a self-taught perfumer. After graduating with a dual bachelor’s in Health Sciences & International Studies from Bentley University, she spent a year in the pre-med program at Harvard Extension before going on to study herbal medicine at the Misty Meadows School set amongst the fields and forests of the Northeast. Deanna has since continued her education in the holistic, nutritional and biological sciences both onboard an old steamship in Sausalito, California and once settled into the lush valleys of O'ahu. She coordinated the O'ahu Wildcrafter Certification with the Earth Medicine Institute, has guest lectured within the University of Hawai’i Medical School Alternative Medicine Program, and teaches herbal workshops at various local venues.
In an effort to further the depth of her knowledge, Deanna pursued a graduate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the World Medicine Institute. She completed the Masters program in August of 2017, after three years of full time study & clinical application of Herbology, Acupuncture & Daoist arts. She is a registered Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and licensed acupuncturist in the state of Hawaii, where she currently practices as a clinical herbalist. As she deepens her awareness of ancient medicines, she will continue to craft her own out of appreciation of the flora within her reach.
Portraits by Shaun Goo | Fixed Flight Films