My Story


Bija was born of a personal journey. As a young girl in Mexico, I watched my grandmother, mother and aunts use traditional plants, herbs and flowers to beautify and to heal, without fully understanding why. When I got older, I traveled the globe as a model and broadcaster and I tried every of-the-moment product out there—cosmetic, nutritional and supplement-based—to support my vitality, skin, and mood, often swayed by big promises and fancy packaging, yet unaware of the hazardous ingredients these things often contained.

When I married and became a mother, I was welcomed into my husband’s Southern Indian family. In a yellow house surrounded by coconut trees on the Deccan Plateau, the family matriarchs passed down traditions of touch, massaging my infant children’s tiny feet with oil freshly harvested from the groves to soothe and nurture them naturally. This was the beginning of my voyage of discovery into the ancient art and science of applying pure and unadulterated therapeutic oils to the body. It’s where I learned to create a daily ritual of clean, safe well-being for my family and myself.

My children have grown now, and so has my passion and understanding of the power of therapeutic oils and the crucial importance of clean and toxin-free skincare products. I created Bija Essence to share the products I use everyday—anti-aging plant oils infused with proprietary blends of the highest-grade essential oils, selected to balance and support areas of vulnerability. Bija is my invitation to others to discover the precious resource that changed my life and that is the heartbeat of this story: organic virgin coconut oil produced in traditional ways by farmers I have come to know and love, from the region where my family has its roots. My life is full, my time is short, and these oils are my trusted allies in supporting and protecting the well-being of those I love, and ensuring we stay connected in a world that often hustles us into states of separation and stress. My greatest hope is that Bija brings you the same joy, harmony, and happiness as it brings to me and my family each day.