Meeting Roger McLean for the first time is a moment rarely forgotten. the energy of the man is both inspiring and overwhelming. An astute businessman who by his own admission can bluster his way into gaining what he wants – generally – but scratch the surface and you find a deep thinking, compassionate man who through his own life’s journey has reached a level of personal evolution that is in itself, inspiring.
Always innovative Roger has developed Herbal Lore – a unique range of herbal liqueurs that are an Australian first and rapidly gaining international attention. Drawing from the teachings of the ancient Hebrews, Mayan
and Egyptian civilizations, the liqueurs Roger creates are said to have calming, uplifting and aphrodisiac qualities – and the taste is sublime. Herbal Lore operates from a beautifully renovated butter factory in Daylesford.
Like all good things, it didn’t happen overnight. prior to Herbal Lore Roger had been a shearer, chef, fitter and turner, auctioneer, baker and then a wine maker, establishing Mt. Aitken Estates winery in Gisborne in 1972, which he owned until 1990. Working eighteen-hour days to turn Mt. Aitken into the successful business it became, it wasn’t unknown for him to jump in a truck and drive thirty six hours to make sure a consignment reached a major client in Cairns, North Queensland, on time. However, this dedication to his work ethic took its toll. For some time his body had been telling him that something wasn’t quite right, but his surgeon assured him that there wasn’t a problem. his grueling workload continued and the pain escalated. A lifelong believer in alternative practices, Roger consulted an iridologist who very quickly diagnosed testicular cancer. the ensuing argument with his surgeon confirmed to Roger that his forward road was to be a more natural one. He declined surgery and set about to find a cure through alternative and holistic modalities. This set him on a path of exploration, experimentation, learning and eventually, writing, teaching and co-founding the Cancer Natural Therapy Foundation of Australia. Believing that we are all responsible for our own wellbeing, he has written a number of books to help people find their own potential, but he doesn’t suffer fools gladly and can sometimes be brutally honest if he feels that someone isn’t doing their best to help themselves.
Now 61, Roger has been cancer free for fourteen years and believes that contracting the disease was the best thing that ever happened to him. You can learn more about Roger’s teachings and published works by visiting his website www.rogermclean.com