From Breakdown to Breakthrough - How Torii Labs Was Born

“A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In 2007 I was working as a corporate financier for a real estate investment firm in Russia. It was a fast and furious time in my life - over worked and highly stressed I became that ‘5 cup of coffee a day guy’. My mind and body were breaking down, completely out of balance and depleted. Although impossible to see at the time, this breakdown was also a breakthrough, as I had no choice but to ask two important questions that had somehow eluded me up until this point.

“who am I and what do I want to do with my life?’’

I didn’t have all the answers but at 28 I had no choice but to re-evaluate how I chose to conduct my life. I knew there was a smarter way to be successful and fulfilled, so I set out on a journey to explore how I could lead a life of balance and vitality.

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

Joseph Campbell

Within a few months I had quit my job and moved to the sunny shores of California to study an MBA in sustainability. It was here that I started to explore new ways to bring my mind and body back into balance. Through a daily practice of yoga and meditation, combined with a new knowledge of adaptogenic herbs  and frequent trips into Nature I started to experience what it was like to live a life full of vitality.

A dear friend, who was starting her own journey, asked me to partner with her as she set up Phylia De M, a Fulphyl fulvic acid focused wellness company. It was here that my passion for finding natural remedies for humanities ailments took root. I was starting to see that fulvic acid, also known as the a miracle molecule, could plays a key role in helping us be the healthiest versions of ourselves by increasing nutrient absorption while detoxifying our cells at the same time.

Fully energized, and full of Fulphyl Acid, I teamed up with my great friend and business partner, Lulu Luchaire, to set up Torii Labs as a vehicle to share the healing power of plant medicines powered by fulvic acid.  

We knew that we weren’t the only people that were searching for new ways to feel great without having to over stimulate our body with excess caffeine and sugar. By working with incredible herbs such as adaptogens, I could feel first hand how they helped me become more resilient to stress by stabilising my central nervous system. Rather than becoming depleted and fatigued through excessive cortisol pumping through my system  I was becoming calm and focused - allowing me to run a startup much more effectively.

In a way I am only just starting out on my journey to learn about the natural world and the myriad of healing plants out there. Nearly every day I hear about a new study showing how certain plants are helping us overcome health issues while also supporting a healthy balanced existence. Through Torii Labs I hope others can join us in experiencing first hand the magic of plant medicine and how these powerful herbs can help us live a life full of vitality.