Naturopath, media personality, writer and wellness entrepreneur
He’s the new guy on the natural medicine scene who has charmed Ellen DeGeneres (yes, she flew him across the world to appear on her show), created his own product range and is regularly courted by the world’s leading wellness brands. He also runs his own naturopathy practice, is represented by one of Australia’s leading modelling agencies and feeds his hordes of fans daily ‘herb-nerd’ inspiration through social media. And let’s not forget his first book The Garden Apothecary hitting shelves in July, crafted to make the ancient art of herbal medicine new again.
“I could see that years of running to the pharmacy when the flu hit or to the supermarket had left many people without the knowledge to manage daily health complaints with herbs they most likely had at home,” said Reece.
“It struck me that so many people didn’t have the know-how to brew a tea or infuse a tincture that could help them feel like themselves again, and I decided I wanted to empower people to turn to the garden or the pantry and rediscover the potent medicines masquerading as foods,” said Reece.
Since committing to this vision Reece hasn’t wasted any time. In the last year alone he launched his first liquid herbal mix DOSE Vitality Tonic and signed a book deal with a leading publisher. He also became a familiar face on morning TV with a regular spot on Channel 7’s Morning Show, and scored a regular writing gig with the iconic men’s magazine title GQ.
Reece’s interest in herbal medicine arose when he grew up on a farm in Western Australia and tried his hand at recreating his grandfather’s vegetable garden.
“My pop was such an inspiration to me. I remember running around at his place eating gooseberries and tomatoes from his garden,” said Reece.
After volunteering in Romania and settling in London after graduating from high school, Reece’s interest in natural therapies was reignited.
“I was already so interested in nutrition and reading everything I could on natural therapies. Support for the industry is so strong in the UK it prompted me to consider studying what I already loved and becoming a qualified practitioner,” Reece said.
A lightbulb moment followed when Reece experienced the benefits of naturopathy firsthand, seeing dramatic results after taking herbal remedies for the chronic fatigue he was experiencing.
“I not only saw my fatigue lift, but my mood became more positive and my love of life returned. It was then I realised ‘this is actually some seriously powerful stuff.”
Reece said since graduating he had realised there were infinite opportunities in the complementary health industry for those with vision and focus.
“Getting my degree at Endeavour was like receiving an all-access pass to the wellness industry,” said Reece.
“When you have the knowledge base behind you, you can decide what you want to create with it and think about what your contribution to the industry will look like – the opportunities are endless,” said Reece.