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Harmonizing + Healing with Beauty Products: Ajai Alchemy by Fern Olivia
Fern Olivia Langham became inspired to create plant-based therapeutics as part of her healing journey from Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, a chronic autoimmune condition. Her remarkable path to radiant wellness included extensive studies in yogic technologies, meditation, breathwork, mantra, holistic health, and plant-based alchemy. In time, her personal research, passion for plants and love of organic beauty birthed the luxury healing and beauty apothecary, Ajai Alchemy.
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Lovingly handcrafted in California, Ajai embodies the essence of coastal living through energetically charged fragrances and elemental beauty alchemies that tap into an indigenous state of being where radiance is illuminated. Fern Olivia’s philosophy and products are beyond skin-deep: “Beauty is 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 retreats I treat myself lavishly to everyday. Beauty is taking care of myself in the most loving and kind-hearted way. The result: I look and feel absolutely stunning, every single day. My mission is to inspire you to do the same!” Fern Olivia is clearly onto something with her holistic approach to health and beauty – but the stunning glow she has now wasn’t always so easy to find.
Fern Olivia's Journey to Radiant Health
Fern Olivia began her healing journey nearly 10 years ago when she became frustrated by her autoimmune condition and the regimen of pills prescribed by her medical team. As a biomedical engineer by education, she courageously took her health into her own hands and began treating herself using holistic and integrative therapies including a whole-food, anti-inflammatory diet, infrared sauna, acupuncture, massage, yoga, breathwork, and meditation. She cleaned out the toxic residue in her life including relationships and a corporate job in finance that burned out her adrenals and stifled her creativity. Her healing expanded when she moved from New York, where she had lived for nearly 30 years, to California, where she currently resides in Venice, Los Angeles.
She learned that it's not just what we put on and in our bodies that alters how we look and function. Everything begins with our mind and the thoughts and stories we attach to them. As she began to change the inner workings of her mind using the potent technologies of Kundalini yoga, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, meditation, breathwork, and self-care, everything began to shift on an accelerated, amplified scale.
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Fern Olivia began to nourish her body with the most powerful bio-available elements on the planet rather than attacking it with harsh, toxic chemicals, parabens, and synthetics found in commercial products. She began exploring the potent properties of plant-based essential oils and how they work in harmony with our bodies synergistically as catalysts for accelerated healing as well as enhancing the mind, psyche, and the spirit.
Inside Ajai Alchemy + Fern’s Beauty Ritual
Everything in my line is lovingly created with the intention to activate your own brilliance, vibrancy, and power. I charge my products through a sacred Ajai Alai Mantra, an ancient sound current that inspires radiance. Each alchemy also comes with a beautiful special affirmation card to recite as part of your Sadhana, or daily ritual.
Sadhana is a must for me, and it’s a pillar that I talk about in my Thyroid Yoga course. It's a non-negotiable 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.
I start every practice by applying Grace Alchemy, my best-seller, to my Thyroid gland, tracing the infinity sign horizontally and massaging my lymph nodes. Top dating coach David Wygant says that my signature scent is “so intoxicating, it’s unbelievable. It really works.” He recommends it to all his clients – men love it, too! I feel royal, invincible and graceful all at the same time when I wear this scent, and it has become a natural ritual to wear it every morning, even if I'm not leaving the house. It serves as a luxurious reminder that I am a radiant, beautiful woman and that treating myself with love is very important. The healing power of geranium oil is just BEYOND!
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Then, I moisturize with Solar Sun Protect, a skin protectant made from all organic essential oils in a base of carrot oil and coconut oil to protect my skin. Living in Los Angeles and travelling frequently to sunny destinations such as Sedona, Hawaii and the Cayman Islands, I made this to give my skin some extra love as I spend my days practicing and teaching yoga on the beach. Carrot oil and coconut oil provide natural sun protection! It gives my skin a dewy, radiant glow and the cedarwood and geranium essential oils protect against breakouts. The scent is quite sensual, adored by both men and women, and was recently named the signature scent of the Further Future Festival, where I spoke on intuitive healing and taught yoga and meditation at this past spring!
I start every day with a cold plunge into the cool Pacific Ocean. Splashing in the waves invigorates me, stimulates my lymphatic system and, as an added bonus, is super anti-aging. Cold water plunges are incredible for immune health, and I’ve noticed that I feel significantly more energized when I have my ocean plunge first thing in the morning. When I’m traveling, I swap the ocean for cold showers, which certainly isn’t as fun but does the trick.
I apply Radiance Hair Serum to my hair, which keeps my beach curls wild and sexy without the frizz. Ever since moving to California, I stopped damaging my hair with the flat iron. My hair is the happiest and healthiest it’s been in YEARS!”
More About Fern Olivia
As an advocate and passionate crusader for radical self-love and luxurious self-care, Fern Olivia works with men and women to create daily rituals to accelerate healing, build strength, and find joy in relationships, career, and all aspects of life. In addition to her Thyroid.Yoga™ practice which is also available internationally, Fern teaches meditation and yoga retreats and experiences and speaks on the topics of natural beauty, self-love, meditation, and healing at events around the world.
Fern Olivia is a graduate of Syracuse University with a dual degree in Biomedical Engineering and Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and has completed Immense Grace Training under the mentorship of her teacher, Guru Jagat at Ra Ma Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology. She has also studied extensively with her mentors Elena Brower, Abbie Galvin and Nevine Michaan at Katonah Yoga in New York City.
Fern is also the founder of Ajai Organic Beauty Alchemy, available online at www.ajaialchemy.com and in a variety of boutiques and apothecaries across the country including locations in New York City, Montauk, Sedona, and Los Angeles. Ajai invites us to experience our radiant beauty from within, while providing a physical extension of self-love and purpose.
Photo Credit: Alexa Gray Photography