It all started with a knock on Joanne Shaxon’s front door in 1998, and the words no one ever wants to hear. “There has been an accident and I think Mike has been badly injured.”

Joanne raced down the farm to find a 4×4 truck had tipped over, and was on top of her husband Mike, who had been knocked unconscious. After freeing Mike and calling an ambulance, it was discovered that he had broken several ribs, suffered shoulder injuries, and with the added complication of oxygen deprivation, was left with a head injury. As a result, he suffered fatigue, mild memory loss and the inability to concentrate if he had late nights or long working days. A neuropsychologist diagnosed a 20 percent loss of brain function and told Mike he had little hope of further recovery – that he would to simply have to cope the best he could.

Before the accident, Mike had been working in a job that required him to take seminars and communicate with large groups of people. He loved to natter and was known by the cheeky nickname ‘Have-a-chat’. But after the accident, Joanne noticed the house went quiet, as Mike’s normal chattiness disappeared. 

In 2001, Mike was doing some building work for Registered Medical Herbalist, Michael McCammon, who talked to Mike about his condition, and created a herbal formula for him to try. It had an immediate impact. Mike’s energy returned, and he experienced an almost instant ability to stay focused and concentrate over longer periods. He no longer suffered from fatigue and was able to return to his previous work. 

The couple was delighted with the results, and Joanne, who had been feeling tired while completing office work, decided to give the formula a try herself. She says the first time she took it, she felt like she had just woken up from a nap and had a cup of coffee. “It was like my brain said, hello – let’s go!”

In one of their ‘chatty’ sessions about the positive impact of the formula on their lives, Joanne and Mike decided not to keep the results of the herbal formula to themselves, as they knew so many others could benefit from it too.

They approached Michael McMammon about the possibility of distributing the product, now known as AWAKE, which led to them founding the Awake Herbal Company.

Soon after, Joanne and Mike tested AWAKE on their son-in-law, a long-haul truck driver, and his workmates, who all reported sustained concentration over several hours and better results than other products they had tried. They all wanted to buy it, which led to the creation of DRIVE AWAKE, a companion to the original product, now called, WORK AWAKE. A third product STUDY AWAKE is the third product introduced to the AWAKE family.

Are you inspired by Joanne and Mike’s story, and ready to start your own AWAKE journey?

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About Michael McCammon

Michael is a professional Naturopath, Herbalist, and Iridologist and has been a practicing Herbalist since 1976. After completing his formal studies Michael moved to the West Coast, and in the tradition of true herbal medicine, he immersed himself in the natural world and native bush. It was here he established a living link with plants, and experienced the true natural beauty, power, and life force of nature, as he wild crafted local plants into potent medicinal medicines. Michael is well known in Christchurch for his herbal practice and his ‘Medicine Man’ Community Radio broadcasts. Over the years, he has treated thousands of people, and has refined his formulae into a comprehensive system of herbal remedies designed to work powerfully in synergy together. Michael is also an experienced lecturer, and has written many articles on natural healing, healthcare and herbs.

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About Joanne and Michael Shaxon

Joanne and Michael live in the beautiful alpine village of Hanmer Springs, in North Canterbury, New Zealand, where they are both passionate about supporting the local community and doing charity work. Mike is a builder who assists with the welfare side of the Hanmer Springs Fire Department, and started a Men’s Shed, where people from the village can gather to work on small building projects. 

Joanne has been involved in Civil Defence and spent a lot of time on the ground in Hanmer Springs and Waiau following the Kaikoura Earthquake in late 2016, which had a dramatic impact on the local area. She also supports various members of the community through her church and is the ‘go to’ person for several local retailers, who call on her to help out when they are short staffed. 


After Mike’s amazing results using the AWAKE products, the couple are excited to have founded Awake Herbal Company, to distribute these products they have experienced to be, highly effective out to the wider market.