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 in an effort to find body care that actually worked, and that only consisted of truly healthy ingredients. By October of 2009, Deanna officially established a small line of products under the name Indigo Elixirs as a senior in college. She began selling at local farmers markets on the weekends, and before long had received countless inquires for products that weren't just good for the skin but could actually help heal common external ailments. This led to a deeper curiosity of our physiology, and of the herbs that she knew could profoundly affect us.
After graduating with a dual bachelor’s in Health Sciences & International Studies from Bentley University, Deanna spent a year in the pre-med program at Harvard Extension to get a better understanding of how our bodies work. Her interest in botanical medicine led her to an herbal apprenticeship at the Misty Meadows School set amongst the fields and forests of the Northeast, where learned the foundations of herbalism and began infusing her skin care formulations with medicinal botanicals. She completed the program in 2011 just before moving across country to the Bay Area, where she continued to study nutrition and holistic health while crafting Indigo Elixirs onboard an old steamship in Sausalito.
In 2012, Deanna was called to the island of O'ahu to pursue a graduate education. She was immediately drawn to and inspired by the local flora, and with an entirely new palette of materials began recreating her line ~ one product at a time ~ to incorporate as many Hawaii grown ingredients as possible. Indigo Elixirs remained a passionate part time endeavor while she studied ethnobotany and local plant medicine at UH Manoa, coordinated the O'ahu Wildcrafter Certification with the Earth Medicine Institute, and in 2014 enrolled in a formal Masters program for Traditional Chinese Medicine with the World Medicine Institute.
Deanna graduated in August of 2017, after three years of full time study & clinical application of Herbology, Acupuncture & Daoist arts, and is now a registered Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and licensed acupuncturist in the state of Hawaii. Since January 2018, she has been able to dedicate all of her energy to evolving and expanding Indigo Elixirs.
Through her offerings and by teaching local classes, Deanna aims to bring plant medicine back into our homes in a way that connects us more deeply with the natural world around us. By reviving the traditions of our ancestors and making herbalism more approachable and accessible, we can benefit from nature's ability to balance and heal our bodies, minds, and spirits. 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