Life as we know it is full of challenges. Adversity is all part and parcel of being human and although trying for the human spirit, there is something beautiful about rising up out of the ashes and forging a new path.
That is just what Edible Earth’s founder, Sarah Luisa, did and built not only a business but a legacy of love. We sat down with Sarah to find out about her business, her passions and dreams and the daily wellness ritual she can’t live without.
What inspired you to create Edible Earth?
I grew up in a family riddled with obesity, cancer and heart disease, and watching so much suffering around me I knew that there had to be a better way to treat these illnesses. While I was travelling the UK in my early 20's I was introduced to the power of natural medicine to successfully treat and cure the cause of 90% of serious illnesses, because they are mostly caused by lifestyle choices. This is great news, as most are completely preventable by making simple changes to your daily routine.
From that moment my true passion and calling was ignited, and I knew I had to spread the message to the masses and make people aware of the natural alternatives available to them. I wanted to study naturopathy or nutritional medicine and begin the journey into the world of natural health and how it works on a biochemical level.
This passion turned into an all-encompassing obsession following the heartbreaking terminal brain cancer diagnoses of my fiancé at the time, and father of my two young children, Lee. I pledged to take my small organic bee pollen business seriously and expand it, in order to make a real difference to the lives of others so they wouldn’t have to suffer what my family, and many others have.
Lee’s plight really was the catalyst for me to investigate deeper into the healing powers nature has on the human body, mind and spirit and how we can incorporate the amazing effects of nature into our lives in a way that is sustainable and affordable. Lee was given 1 year to live but I truly believe the natural alternatives he lived and breathed every day is what gave him an extra 2 years with us. Lee losing his battle has only driven me more to continue fighting the status quo by educating and empowering women, inspiring everyone to do their research and make better informed decisions when it comes to what they put into their bodies, and their loved ones.
What is your professional training background?
I studied nutritional medicine in Australia but didn’t finish, but more valuable than that were the years spent doing my own research into natural medicine and all of the modalities that fall under the alternative health umbrella, they all further cemented my belief that a holistic approach is the only way to live a truly happy and healthy life, whilst slowing down aging and preventing disease. It is common knowledge that we can prevent the majority of suffering on this earth through good nutrition and education, and that is what we are committed to as a company and as individuals. I also ran a natural health clinic when I was 25 where we offered an osteopath, naturopath, beautician and remedial massage therapists as I wanted to bring to life the desire to treat clients from the inside and out.
What are some of the biggest challenges running a business and being a mum?
Finding that elusive work/life balance is probably the biggest challenge for me! My children are busy, active young things and I cherish every second I get to spend with them and there is certainly a sense of guilt that comes with being a working mother, not to mention a mother who is running her own business!
Business ownership is 24/7, there is always something to be done and I absolutely love every aspect of it but there does come a time where I need to put the phone and emails down and just be present with them. They’ll only be young once and we are slowly getting the balance right, gratitude is a powerful tool when I feel overwhelmed or start comparing someone else's chapter 20 to my chapter 3! It is far from easy, but always worth it.
What are some of your regular or daily rituals that help keep you balanced? Collagen coffee every morning! Medicinal mushrooms at night, yoga, infra-red sauna and vitamin sea. I suffered adrenal fatigue after Lee passed away from years of living in fight or flight, so I need to listen to my body and treat it kindly otherwise it is easy to revert back to that space of anxiety and grief. I also spend a lot of time in nature with my kids, friends and family, it is the best medicine for all ages and stages of life. Heading down south to Margaret River or one of the amazing places we have here in WA is such a glorious escape from the rat race too - there is nothing like a couple of days out of the city to reset the system!
FIVE FAST FACTS WITH SARAH
What are three beauty items always in your cabinet?
Sunscreen, a hydrating vitamin A and C serum and Beauty Elixir Marine Collagen + Hyaluronic Acid as it doubles as a firming, soothing face mask!
City, country, mountains or beach?
Living in Western Australia, I have grown up near beautiful beaches so will always choose the ocean!
What was your first job?
A deli assistant at the local supermarket when I was 13
What is your go-to drink of choice?
Green juice or a nice pinot noir
Who would play you in a movie based on your life?
I love the fire and passion Salma Hayek brings to the screen, who wouldn’t want to be played by a strong, smart and sassy woman like that?!