John Easterling is an adventure lover who took part in numerous adventurous activities during his youth. On one of his treasure hunts, he wandered into a Shipibo Indian village in the Amazon Rainforest where he came down with a liver infection and jungle fever. After the locals gave him a healing herbal tea that not only cleared his discomfort but left him healthier than he had been in years. He found out that the real treasure actually lies in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
He started an import business, importing herbs from the jungle and offering them to people in the United States to provide a variety of healing formulas. An entrepreneur and conservationist, Easterling co-founded the Amazon Herb Company where he serves as its CEO and chairman. He is also popular as the husband of singer/songwriter and actress Olivia Newton-John.
John Easterling: Biography & Profile
John Easterling was born on 10th of April 1952 in Charlotte, North Carolina. There is no known information about his family background. While he was in elementary school, he developed a fascination with South America’s natural landscape and nursed a dream of one day going to explore the terrains and search for treasures. Easterling studied environmental sciences at the University of North Carolina, earning a degree in 1976.
After his graduation, he applied for the Peace Corps and was posted to the West African country, Ivory Coast, but ultimately left for South America, in search of adventure. Soon after, he burned through his money and started trading in locally made sweaters and scarfs, rare minerals, stones from the Andes, and tribal artwork, supplying them to the States. With enough fund for a second trip, John Easterling returned to the continent.
On his second voyage, it took him about three years to get into his first real excavation. He found some Columbian pre-art works and textiles which were later sold to museums and collectors. Afterward, he got into gemstones in Brazil and Uruguay, importing about fifty-five-gallon drums of crystal balls and other materials, supplying most of psychics and seers in the States with those.
His epic adventure hit a roadblock in 1980 when he had a near-death experience with liver infection, hepatitis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. After recovery, chronic fatigue syndrome which was consequent of his impaired liver and deteriorated physical and mental health made traveling difficult. Nevertheless, he continued to do what he loved. He started going into the Amazon Basin where he worked with various local Indians gathering things like tribal artifacts and ceramics. He would soon discover what the real treasure was.
In one of his expeditions in 1990, John Easterling fell ill while riding a motor canoe along a stream. Fully exhausted, he managed to reach a small village where he collapsed upon arrival. The native Shipibo Indians living there nursed him back to health by serving him a mix of healing herbal tea among other things. His condition improved significantly with its regular intake, in turn, his chronic physical discomfort and mental tiredness diminished to a considerable extent. Then, the realization dawned on him that the real Amazon treasure was those precious herbs.
Afterward, he met and became acquainted with a scientist, Dr. Nicole Maxwell, who has been researching the Amazon medicinal herbs for over forty years. Together, they founded the Amazon Herb Company, with its headquarters in Jupiter, Florida, in 1990. It also owns plantations in the Amazon region and deals in the production and marketing of herbs, and herbs based cosmetics and products. He then became known as Amazon John. In 2012, the company merged with an international wellness company, TriVita which is based in Arizona.
Facts About Olivia Newton-John’s Husband
John Easterling became Olivia Newton-John’s second husband in 2008. The duo met at an environmental show and bonded over their environmentalism and common charities. They remained friends for close to two decades before eventually falling in love in Peru.
Olivia’s first marriage was to the actor, Matt Lattanzi from 1984 to 1995 with whom she had a daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi. After her then-boyfriend, Patrick McDermott’s disappeared during a fishing trip, Easterling invited her to Peru. She later described the trip as a healing experience for her. Moreover, he supported her during her breast cancer battle.
Soon after, they had two weddings within a month. The first was on June 21, 2008, in an Incan spiritual ceremony held on a mountain top in Peru. Nine days later, they had a legal ceremony on a Florida beach, with their friends in attendance.
The couple lives in Jupiter, Florida, near the popular lighthouse and spend a lot of their time on travels, environmental protection, supporting education, research, and nature conservation. Their work has earned them several honors and recognition. The Stroud Water Research Center awarded then with the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence (SAFE) Water Award for their role in Amazon conservation in October 2011. Others include the ACEER Legacy Award in 2012.
John Easterling’s House
In 2009, the couple purchased a house for about $4.1 million in Jupiter Island, Florida. This house became a suicide scene four years later when a man identified as Christopher Pariseleti shot himself while doing repairs in it. They sold the house for $5 million in 2016.
The entrepreneur and conservationist’s net worth has not been disclosed but going by his various ventures, particularly his herbal company, he is raking in an incredible amount in earnings. He also has some film & TV production gigs to his credits including Big River Man, The Bonnie Hunt show and Loose Women which further adds to his fortune. Meanwhile, his wife has a healthy net worth of $40 million.
Far from exploiting the rainforest, his company is ecologically sensitive and thus respects the rules and laws of nature conservation and sustainable development. He has continued to help in creating the financial ability for the local tribes to survey, stake and ultimately own the forests and its treasures, which has been a part of them for centuries, through eco-commerce. The proceeds from the company are distributed to everyone involved in the cycle of production; from the farmers down to the distributors.