Integrating conventional
medicine with a thorough
understanding of the human being

At Weleda, we strive for a holistic approach to health and wellness. We build our knowledge and practice on the principles of anthroposophic medicine, a system of medicine founded in the early 1920’s, by philosopher Rudolf Steiner and medical doctor Ita Wegmann.

A holistic, therapeutic approach
The therapy method of anthroposophic medicine is based on the balance between four organisational principles: the physical level; life forces level, or vitality; mental level and individual level or ego. The goal of therapy is to restore the necessary equilibrium when these four principles are out of balance.

Therapy Methods
A holistic, therapeutic approach that focuses on human personality

Restore equilibrium

The therapeutic process of anthroposophic medicine is based on the balance of four organisational principles: the physical plane; life forces plane or vitality; mental plane or psychological/emotional realm and individual plane or ego. The aim of therapy is to restore equilibrium where these four principles are out of balance.

Anthroposophic medicine

Anthroposophic medicine is based on concepts of health, illness and healing, which are reflecting the individual balance or imbalance of the above mentioned fourfold principles. However, interaction between these four planes results in three functional systems – the nerve-sense system, the rhythmic system and the so-called metabolic-limb system, which itself corresponds to a spiritual trinity in humans:

  • Nerve-sense system: thinking
  • Rhythmic System: feeling
  • Metabolic-limb system: the will

This threefold system pervades the entire human organism and undergoes change at different life-phases. Each time this happens the rhythmic system (‘located‘ between the nerve-sense and the metabolic-limb system) creates new equilibrium, allowing harmonious interaction to continue. Any derailment of the ‘normal’ middle position leads to presentation of the diverse symptoms of an illness.


Anthroposophic medicine uses both conventional and anthroposophic medicinal products. The treatment approach and the choice of medicinal products and therapies are very specific to each individual, to bring about a process of development within the patient, reinforcing natural self-healing and restoring the balance of health. With the help of anthroposophic medicines, the body’s self-healing process can be activated and the disturbed equilibrium can be brought back into the right balance. The healing process of the patient is strengthened.


Since it was first established nearly a century ago, anthroposophic medicine has been a science-based medical system. Descriptive record and clinical research are pillars of evidence for anthroposophic medical treatment.

As for all medicine, the methodological approach has changed over time, moving on from anecdotal case reports and simply-designed retrospective studies to the most sophisticated controlled study designs, including randomised controlled trials. Today’s anthroposophic medicine uses the full spectrum of study designs effectively and gathers well-controlled evidence to inform future practice.


The safety of anthroposophic medicine treatments, anthroposophic pharmacology and anthroposophic medicinal products is documented through the findings of research studies, which prove that they are generally well tolerated. All anthroposophic medicinal products are produced according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).


A number of studies show that anthroposophic treatment offers also cost reduction in relation to conventional treatment. This is particularly relevant in the case of chronic diseases, where the treatment period may be prolonged or even life-long. Medical insurance policies show minimal medication costs. As a consequence, in some countries medical insurance policies accept anthroposophic treatment for cover because of its relatively low costs.

Today’s diverse society lives in a world of leveling in the marketplace, with reduced variety and decreasingly personal individual service. Anthroposophic concepts offer the basis for an ever more required medicine: differentiated, holistic therapies that focus on the personality of people.

Added value

A number of studies show that anthroposophic treatment offers also cost reduction in relation to conventional treatment. This is particularly relevant in the case of chronic diseases, where the treatment period may be prolonged or even life-long. Medical insurance policies show minimal medication costs. As a consequence, in some countries medical insurance policies accept anthroposophic treatment for cover because of its relatively low costs.

Today’s diverse society lives in a world of leveling in the marketplace, with reduced variety and decreasingly personal individual service. Anthroposophic concepts offer the basis for an ever more required medicine: differentiated, holistic therapies that focus on the personality of people.

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#An Integrated

Medicine System

Anthroposophic medicine is an integrated system of medicine and does not fit into the category of ‘alternative medicine’ – instead it builds on conventional medical systems and practice.

Anthroposophic medicine represents a best practice example of ‘Integrative Medicine’ as defined by the Consortium of Academic Health Centres for Integrative Medicine.

The practice of integrated medicine

At Weleda we believe in and practise anthroposophic medicine – a system which was developed in the early 1920’s and has earned a high level of acceptance in European society. A medical system that supports and complements conventional medicine, anthroposophy takes a holistic approach and uses both conventional and anthroposophic medicinal products.

The approach to treatment and the choice of medicinal products and other therapies is highly individualised to every patient, aimed at bringing about a process of development, which will reinforce each patient’s natural self-healing ability.


The concept of anthroposophy was developed by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) and explores the extent to which a person has achieved awareness of their inner life and lives in harmony with the surrounding natural and social world.

The Dutch doctor Ita Wegman (1876-1943), co-founder of Weleda, further influenced the development of anthroposophic medicine. The system is based on the results of scientifically-oriented (also called ‘conventional’) medicine and the knowledge and methods of anthroposophy. It is an integrative medicine which is not identified as an ‘alternative medicine’. As part of a range of special therapeutic systems, which also include homeopathy and herbal medicine, anthroposophic medicine aims to build on conventional medicine by using specific therapeutic methods and medicines.

The principles of anthroposophic medicine

Anthroposophic medicine always starts with a conventional diagnosis – but the physician or therapist is not guided simply by the symptoms of an illness. Instead, they examine psychological, mental and spiritual aspects of the patient’s experience, the capacity for self-healing and the ability for continuous development.

The bridge between the physical and emotional element in diagnosis and treatment is only one of the unique founding principles of anthroposophic medicine. In addition, the doctor or therapist observes the patient’s whole personality and characteristics, including aspects of physical build and body language – flow of movement, type of handshake, sleep patterns, heat and cold intolerance, respiration and physical rhythms.

The human being is seen and understood on four planes

  1. The material or physical plane, examinable physically or technically as in conventional medicine
  2. The life forces plane, or vitality of the individual
  3. The mental plane – which can be understood as the psychological or emotional realm
  4. The individual plane – the spiritual individuality or character of the person, sometimes known as the ego

When creating a detailed medical history and making the resulting choice of individually-tailored medication, co-operation between doctor and patient is essential for recovery. Recovery is a collaborative process in which the doctor includes the patient at every step and in which the patient will actively participate.


Anthroposophic medicines are produced according to anthroposophic pharmaceutical principles and processes, some of which they share with homeopathy, while some are non-homeopathic processes reflecting the inter-relation between people and the world of nature. Their manufacture is governed by standards of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), and their quality controlled by the criteria and parameters of official pharmacopoeias.

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#Health is a

Continuous Process

Salutogenesis plays a significant role in holistic health. Health is not considered to be static, but as a continuous process of development. This means that everyone discovers their own health sources and decides for themselves what needs to be done to maintain mental contentment and overall well-being.


Discovering and using the sources of health
The concept of ‘salutogenesis’ (from the latin salus, health and greek genesis, origin) was developed in the 1970s by Aaron Antonovsky (1923-1994), an American-Israeli medical sociologist. He describes ‘health development’ as a process of discovering and using the sources of health.

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Salutogenesis as a science of health development focuses on factors that support human health, in contrast to factors that cause disease. The salutogenetic model is concerned with the relationship between health, stress and coping. According to Antonovsky, human health is not static, but is a continuous process of development. This means that every person discovers their own health sources and decides for themselves what needs to be done to maintain mental comfort and overall well-being.

Being your own source of health

Scientific knowledge about the importance of biological rhythms in nature and people is of great significance to anthroposophic therapy, which is aimed at harnessing the self-healing powers of humans. Patients are encouraged to be their own source of health, which they can activate and strengthen to recover from an illness, to get fit and continue healthy or to have a better quality of life when suffering from a chronic illness.

The meaning of salutogenesis in anthroposophic medicine is to develop a clear ‘sense of coherence‘ (a feeling of comprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness). With this in mind, patients, though temporarily ill and weak, have the capacity being at peace with themselves and their environment, consciously knowing they have found the right place in life and society.

Strengthening our inner forces

If we are able to live a fulfilled life during periods of illness then we are less likely to perceive these life challenges as a form of punishment or guilt. Instead illness presents the opportunity to accept the disease through active exploration and examination, while our personality grows through the experience. This, in turn, strengthens our internal health-promoting forces and has a positive effect on objectively measured ‘health’.



Weleda completes the manufacturing process of our own medicinal products in-house following distinctive principles based on three elements – the special rhythmic process, the gradual heating process and our own unique handling of metals and minerals.

Manufacturing Process of Pharmaceuticals
High quality materials and unique manufacturing processes ensure first-class pharmaceuticals

To manufacture our own pharmaceuticals, we only ever use raw materials of highest quality and proven origin. To maintain this high standard, we cultivate our medicinal plants in our own medicinal plant gardens. The processing of our pharmaceuticals complies with pharmacopoeias while our distinctive manufacturing rests on three essential elements: special rhythmic process, gradual heating process and our own unique handling of metals and minerals.

Quality-assured raw materials from our own gardens

In anthroposophic medicine, the ingredients of a substance are important for their therapeutic effects, but so is origin and further processing – the full biography of the substance. Above all it’s quality from which everything derives – excellent quality, purity and authenticity are the highest priority for all our drug substances.

Partnerships for plants that can't be cultivated

To ensure this, Weleda has its own medicinal plant gardens, including the largest garden of medicinal plants in Europe – with 180 medicinal plant species on 16 acres of bio-dynamically managed land. The healing agents of these plants are incorporated in Weleda’s medicines, but we also promote ecological and controlled medicinal plant cultivation projects around the world and, for some ingredients, audited landscape areas, where wild ingredients can be collected in trustworthy conditions.

Other essential materials for anthroposophic medicines can be of inorganic, animal or metallic origin. The constitution of these raw materials is equally significant for the production of drugs. The metals and minerals we need to use are not ‘bought-in’ readymade, but are prepared by us from the natural primordial state.

Pharmaceutical manufacturing processes

Once we’ve gathered our high quality raw materials, the pharmaceutical manufacturing processes they must go through, and the special recipes to which they contribute, are just as important for the quality and effect of Weleda’s medicines. First of all, we adhere to the relevant pharmacopoeias for processing of raw materials into drugs – these include quality measures and regular controls by governmental institutions.

Raw materials are frequently sampled and checked to ensure they are not contaminated with pesticides, heavy metals, or potentially infested with bacteria or fungi.

Three stages of raw material processing

Weleda’s has distinctive elements of processing raw materials through three stages – the special rhythmic process, the gradual heating process and our unique handling of metals and minerals. We also have three unique manufacturing processes that are only practised at weledahippo: metal mirror, ‘vegetabilisation’ of metals and the Rh-method.

Metal mirror
Metal mirror is a sort of ‘rejuvenating cure’ for a particular metal. For this manufacturing process the metal is liquefied and then evaporated by steadily increasing heat in a vacuum. As it does this, the metal is reflected as a metal mirror on the walls of the glass flask. A metal which could be millions of years old is purified and rejuvenated, with the ‘new’ metal more active and dynamic in its effect than the ‘old’ one.

‘Vegetabilisation’ of metals
For the ‘vegetabilisation’ of metal, a soluble preparation is produced from an ore mineral or a naturally occurring metal. This serves as a ‘fertiliser’ for the soil, in which a medicinal plant can be grown. The plant is harvested and composted at flowering time and, in the following year, the compost fertilises a new bed for the same plant species.

This process is repeated once more and then the third-generation plant is processed to the medicinal product. The lifeless metal has become part of a life process and is thereby potentiated and dynamised.

With the help of the Rh-method (Rh stands for rhythm), aqueous preparations from fresh plants are produced. The pressed juices of the plants are repeatedly heated to 37°C and shaken rhythmically in the morning. In the evening, they are cooled to 4°C and again rhythmically shaken. As long as the resulting fermented products are sealed and stored in a cool place, they need no preservatives.

The aqueous Rh-dilutions are only available in small pack sizes of 20ml to account for the limited shelf life of opened packs. This method is particularly good for preparing medicinal products for children, avoiding the use of alcohol as a preservative.

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  • Almond

    Lends the skin protection and restores its natural beauty

    A feast for the eye

    A sumptuous sea of flowers in white and pink – the annual blossoming of almond trees is a real feast for the eye. For over 4,000 years, people have been cultivating this graceful tree with its precious stone fruits. It feels particularly at home in the Mediterranean, in California, but also in East and Central Asia. The nature of the almond is shown in a harmonious relationship between the healthy, all-protecting shell on the outside, protecting a robust kernel, rich in oil and nutrients, on the inside.

    Full of healthy ingredients

    The almond is full of minerals and vitamins. It provides unsaturated fatty acids, high quality protein and on top of that, tastes delicious. So it is probably no surprise that the almond scores high in skin care. Nowadays, our largest sensory organ, the skin, is exposed to all sorts of hardships: environmental influences, stress and an unbalanced diet among them. That’s why it can become sensitive, dry and irritated. Almond oil is one of the most valuable skin care oils for helping to soothe irritated skin, enveloping it with a protective layer.

    As the oil from the almond is similar in structure to the outer lipid layers of the skin, the skin can absorb its ingredients very well. The very high content of unsaturated fatty acids is not only healthy for the heart and brain but also strengthens the hydro-lipid mantle of the skin and protects it from water loss. The vitamin E in the almond is a known antioxidant that fights free radicals and thus counteracts the ageing process of our skin. Irritated skin is well protected and can recover and find its way back to natural beauty.

  • Arnica

    The guardian and healer of muscles and bruises

    The sunny yellow arnica plant thrives in natural mountain meadows and calcium-poor peat soils. The earliest recorded reference to this plant comes in the writings of the 12th century sage and healer Hildegard of Bingen. Arnica’s delicate flowers seem slightly dishevelled and fragile – as if a breath of wind could carry them away. In fact arnica is a very vigorous plant, which grows up to 40 centimetres tall, yet easily survives strong mountain wind. This external resistance is a clear indication of the strong structural forces that arnica carries.

    About 150 pharmaceutically active ingredients are found in arnica’s flower clusters. Among these are valuable and effective substances such as flavonoids, carotenoids, sesquiterpen lactones and precious essential oils. The fine silica content gives the arnica structuring and shaping forces and helps to regenerate tissue after blunt injuries such as bruises, bumps or contusions. In the 18th century, arnica was often used for the treatment of ailments such as gout, rheumatism, varicose veins and phlebitis. In modern times extracts from arnica have been shown to have an antiseptic effect and they promote blood circulation, relieve pain and speed up the healing process. These uses and others are frequently reviewed and clinically well-documented. Due to these characteristics, arnica is also called the ‘The guardian and healer of muscles and bruises’.

  • Birch

    Full of ingredients to give new impetus and energy to our own systems

    Just as birdsong heralds the spring, the young leaves of the birch show the freshness, vitality and light of new growth, making this slender tree with its white grained bark a real symbol of spring. Between May and June, the birch pushes out strong growth, full of ingredients that also give new impetus and energy to our own systems.

    Associated with the beautiful feathered Norse goddess Freya, the birch was ordained a sacred tree and enjoyed a virtuous reputation in the popular belief of German and Slavonic people. Bringing a birch tree to the village, as a symbol of the awakening spring, is a custom that has survived to this day – the birch maypole can be found in many village or town squares in Germany in the spring.  Bachelors would traditionally present a decorated birch tree to their beloved – perhaps a symbol to keep her healthy and beautiful.

    Birch sap was known as a beauty and strengthening remedy to the Germans and was used against fever and stomach ailments, while a decoction of birch leaves was used to treat skin diseases and wounds. In Northern Europe and Russia, birch was known to help in weight reduction – valuable substances such vitamin C activate natural fat burning. The flavonoids in birch, when taken internally, also detoxify and help in cell protection, by stimulating metabolic activity and transporting excess water from tissues. This diuretic effect was traditionally known as a ‘spring cure’.

    Weleda birch products include rejuvenating spring drinks and body treatments which smooth and refine skin.

  • Calendula

    A garden favourite with great healing, soothing and restorative properties

    The calendula plant, known affectionately as marigold, pot marigold, or common marigold is an essential feature of healing and ornamental gardens, as well as a popular garden flower. Hardly any other plant is as versatile and effective, which is why we have been cultivating it for its healing powers in our medicinal gardens for more than 80 years.

    Calendula was not only popular as a medicinal plant. The radiant, sunny and vigorous flowers were also common as an ornamental plant among the Greeks and Romans, Indians and Arabs. The golden dye of calendula has long been used for fabrics, foods and cosmetics and in Europe, where the plant was introduced in the late Middle Ages, it quickly established itself as a welcome addition to food and as a medicinal plant.

    Calendula’s energetic and vibrant growth combines the elements of water and heat fire, with a warming, scented resin found in its lush, moisture-rich leaves and stems. The bright yellow, orange and red flowers of calendula are real sun traps, absorbing large amounts of light and warmth. The active compounds of calendula combat inflammation and promote the formation of new tissue while its carotenoids, flavonoids and essential oils strengthen the skin against external influences. Calendula is therefore particularly valued for its vibrant, restorative powers, which have a protective and defensive effect on healthy skin structures. Equally, it has a soothing, uplifting effect on skin that has become unbalanced – dry, inflamed or stressed.

    Due to the plant’s calming and uplifting character, calendula is great for the delicate skin of new-borns and toddlers. Particularly in babies and young children, the skin forms a warming and protective layer with fat stores to ensure the healthy function of internal organs. But young skin can’t adapt to sudden changes in temperature on its own. Baby skin needs additional support in the form of loving care, clothing and warming treatments. This is where the soothing extracts of calendula come in, helping to develop the resilience and protective role of young skin.

    With such strong regenerative and protective capabilities, calendula is playing a key role in many of our products. You will find tinctures and oil extracts of this radiant plant in about 30 of our natural and organic cosmetics and medicines, and not surprisingly for over 50 years the marigold has been the lead plant for our baby care range.

  • Citrus

    The lemon’s refreshing and invigorating properties revive and lift our spirits

    A source of vitamin C

    It’s common knowledge that this bitter fruit is literally full to the brim with vitamin C. Lemon juice has been proven as a home remedy for colds, with its defensive effect. Hot lemon with honey refreshes and gives new strength and the more mature a lemon is, the more intense the fruit acid and the more it unfolds its astringent, clarifying and refreshing effect, giving you new vitality – from the inside as from the outside.

    Wake up your senses

    The scent is unmistakable. It acts as a wake-up call to our senses, gives us clarity and ease – the fresh aroma of lemon is as invigorating as its vibrant colour. The strong essential oils of citrus infuse the entire plant. Not only do the small white blossoms smell wonderful, but precious essential oils are also found in the peel, the flesh and even in the characteristically oval-shaped leaves.

    The lemon tree is also bursting with vitality – the evergreen, medium-sized tree is the only tree that blossoms and produces fruit simultaneously almost all year round. In a single year, a tree can yield up to 1,000 kilos of lemons.

    The lemon has kept its reputation as a high-yielding crop for centuries. Originating in North India, the lemon tree had already crossed the globe in the Middle Ages. Today, it is cultivated from China to Spain, thriving best on fertile soil with a generous supply of sunlight. And it really does not like the cold – the thermometer should at least show 15 to 30 degrees Celsius. Under good conditions, lemon trees can then grow to a stately century old.

    Enlivening oils for mind and body

    This is why we use lemon’s abundant, overflowing energy for our products. The essential oils and pure natural juice of the fruit have proven to be important components of pharmaceuticals and toiletries. For our Citrus Body Care range we only use bio-dynamically grown lemons from the Samalita Cooperative in Sicily, which has been cultivating lemons for decades. Its sugar content, acidity and vitamin quantity are particularly high. The precious essential oils of our lemons not only maintain and care for our skin, but also our mind – its intense fragrance awakens the spirits and puts us in a good mood for the day ahead.

  • Evening Primrose

    Although it grows on unpromising, dry and compacted soil, the evening primrose’s beautiful blossoms open up rapidly and completely, within a few minutes as dusk falls. They stay open for the entire night and the following morning, large golden blossoms illuminating the darkness of their surroundings and emerging beaming out of the darkness at dawn. In her growth and blossoming, the evening primrose connects the old day with the new.

    The evening primrose (oenothera biennis) originates in North America and was used by the Native Americans as a nutritional and medicinal plant. It was often used as a tea, in hot water, to heal wounds, skin problems and other ailments.

    A unique skin protector

    The oil from evening primrose seeds contains high concentrations of essential linoleic acid and y-linolenic acid, which our body produces for itself less and less with increasing age. Both fatty acids play a considerable role in the epidermis and are absolutely essential for formation of the skin barrier. Evening primrose seed oil protects the skin against moisture loss, removes rough patches and promotes cell growth and regeneration.

    Setting her own pace

    At a later stage in life, women often enter a period of re-orientation. After being involved in everyday life for decades and being fulfilled by its organisation, women may now seek new mental-spiritual dimensions. Just like the evening primrose has freed herself from the usual rhythm of the plant world, by coming into bloom as night falls, the mature woman detaches herself from her previous everyday life and seizes emerging opportunities. She puts her trust in her experience and intuition to lead her life as an distinctive individual with her own role and tasks to achieve.

    A new phase of life

    The evening primrose works with the woman who has reached this stage of life, supporting the skin’s ability to allow her character to emerge. It offers to mature skin, which can tend to dryness, substances and impulses which stimulate the metabolism and support the development of unique, individual radiance.

  • Iris

    Maintains the balance of extreme dryness and moisture in the skin

    Iris has a long history as an admired ornamental plant, but its qualities as a medicinal plant have also been known since ancient times. Iris even received royal honour – she graces the famous coat of arms of the French royal House of Bourbon. For us, iris has also proven itself over many years with an extraordinary ability: its vigorous rootstock can retain moisture so well that iris plants remain balanced even in periods of extreme wet or drought.

    Iris carefully maintains water balance through a constant process of generating, collecting, retaining and storing moisture, with water-retaining mucilage and absorbent substances such as sugar and starch in the rhizome (root). Yet at the same time the structure of the leaves and stem is such that the iris copes well at times of too much water, thanks to its simple, austere, streamlined and upright shape and the unique architectural design of its flowers.

    A model for young skin

    So the iris is an ideal model for the skin when it comes to regulating moisture content, and it’s because of these characteristics that iris serves the skin of young adults so well. Where normal, healthy, young skin is silky soft, firm, rosy, not too oily and not too dry, it’s because of a perfect balance between optimal moisture and a flawless appearance. But our life story is full of changes around the age of 20 – young adults stand on their own feet, test life in all its facets and gain new experiences. These times of change are also often reflected in the skin, particularly during the intensive years of experimentation between 21–28. During this life phase the skin is often subject to extreme situations and as a result can be tender and dry, unclean and prone to inflammation.

    A master of balance

    Here’s where we find parallels to the iris: humans have a superior ability to balance regenerative and degenerative functions in every organ. Likewise, thanks to the iris’s substantial moisture-creating and shaping forces, it is a true master of balancing extremes. The iris’s beauty, radiance and longevity depend on its extraordinary ability to balance, by adding or withholding moisture as required. In combination with jojoba oil and soothing witch hazel, it regulates the skin healthily, so moisture content can balance and young skin regains its naturally beautiful appearance.

  • Lavender

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    The definitive aroma for calm and relaxation

    Little else is so instantly relaxing as the scent of lavender. Its deep blue flowers contain essential oils that are used to bring delicious aroma to 50 Weleda products.

    Images of lavender often show the endless, violet fields of French Provence, but there is another important growing area in Europe, which has been supporting the large-scale cultivation of lavender for centuries. The tiny country of Moldova, between Romania and Ukraine, has only 34,000 square kilometres of land, but is blessed with a warm, dry climate and the fertile black soil which allows vineyards and orchards to thrive on a large scale. This perfect growing climate formed the foundation of Moldova, once known as one of the world’s largest producers of essential oils. With the end of the Soviet Union in 1992 many acres of lavender disappeared as the population tried to learn the operation of free trade. Since then a lot has changed in this small country: old traditions have been revived and lavender cultivation has taken on a new lease of life.

    Lavender belongs to the plant family Lamiaceae. It’s a distinctive small, rounded shrub with forked and erect branches and numerous small, purple flowers. The leaves are narrow in shape and vary in colour from grey-green on the upper sides to a furry, white underside. The genus has 25 species, of which, in alternative medicine, the following are used: true Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia), butterfly lavender (Lavandula stoechas) and lavandin (Lavandula hybrida).

    Largest organic farming project

    A British development expert and a Moldovan agricultural engineer initiated the largest organic farming project for lavender in the country and were astounded at how quickly the project grew. One reason for the burgeoning development is certainly cooperation with Weleda, which started in 2005. The close collaboration with Weleda and the prospect of lasting cooperation gave additional impetus to the project. “200 farming families are now involved and the organic lavender growing area has expanded to about 200 acres,” says the British development expert.

    Once new plants are put in the ground, three years have to pass before the first major harvest – but under favourable conditions the plant can be harvested for up to thirty years. The first plants were ready to harvest in 2005 and since then, each year from late June to mid-July, the workers cut the mature flowers by hand with sickles – a labour-intensive job needing commitment and close attention.

    The collected lavender is processed immediately, without even leaving the field, in a mobile distillation unit for essential oils. This requires engineering knowledge, care and sensitivity. A team of four is permanently on duty as the harvest progresses, receiving containers filled with lavender flowers, which are then connected to the mobile boiler and its steam cycle. The distillation process takes about one hour and from every 100 kg of lavender flowers just one kilo of oil is extracted.

    The essential oil is then ready to be transported away from the field in barrels, which are sealed immediately. To ensure high quality it is particularly important to store the valuable lavender oil in a cool place before exporting it to Weleda.

    Direct soothing effect

    Modern research has shown that elements within the essential oil have a direct soothing effect on the central nervous system, helping relaxation and promoting healthy sleep. Restlessness, difficulty falling asleep, tension, cramps, indigestion or problems with the heart and circulation can be regulated more easily with lavender. This explains why, even in ancient times, lavender was very popular for its relaxing and calming effect.

    But through Weleda’s Moldovan partnership lavender has another positive effect: the local partner benefits from our vast experience in analysis of essential oils and the raw material procurement. Since we’ve been working together, production and harvesting has been optimised and solutions for many minor problems have been found. For instance, Weleda is helping to find a decent, environmentally-friendly solution for the composting of distillation residues. “It is a situation of mutual give and take”, confirm the local partners. “Only together can we develop the desired quality.”

    The economic and social boost that the project gives to the rural region is noticeable after ten years. For the farmers, lavender cultivation has become an integral part of their income, and because of the partnership the village school has been extensively renovated. To celebrate Weleda’s 90th birthday, we took part in building a health and welfare center in the local town of Minceni. It’s just one example of how Weleda’s partnerships grow both our important raw materials and the communities that produce them.

  • Millet

    This miracle of nourishing richness maintains healthy hair and scalp

    Long forgotten, millet has been restored to its rightful place as a miracle of nutrient richness. It’s a native of hot regions, with a long, slender, smooth stalk and linear growth entirely designed to absorb cosmic light, solar rays, air, and extreme heat. In nature, exposure to such extreme light and dry air would normally result in withering, but to protect itself from drying out, millet creates a protective silicic acid layer, most noticeable in the husks. It’s this special facility which gives millet extraordinarily strong preservative and protective powers.

    Building Strength from nature

    The anthroposophical principle is dedicated to preserving a state of health, and according to this principle, millet works for the health of our hair. Minerals and trace elements such as silicon, iron and magnesium are as important to our body as they are to the millet, as building blocks for our skin, hair and joints.

    For a healthy start

    Healthy hair – regardless of age, gender, colour or thickness – is characterised by a strong shape, a natural sheen and ease of combing, because the oil and moisture content is in balance. If we already have healthy, normal hair condition, then millet enhances the protective and structuring properties of this beautiful state. Healthy hair shines naturally, thanks to smooth cuticles that reflect light easily. Extracts of Millet husks also support resilience and gently maintain healthy hair and scalp. That’s why we use these extracts for our shampoo.

  • Oat

    Nourishing and restorative properties to leave your hair smooth and shiny

    In age-old wisdom, oats are known as a grain that gives humans power. When it comes to harvest-time, oats – native to northern climes – are the last crop to be brought in from the fields, using the extra time to absorb and store sunlight, air and heat.

    The element of water is of great importance to the life energy of oats. Because of its powerful root system and long growing time in the fields, oats absorb large volumes of water from the soil, taking in valuable silica in liquid form as they grow. In comparison with other cereal types, oats’ intense powers of absorption of the two extremes (heat and water) and their ability to combine the two are unique. The process is a prerequisite for all nutritional and metabolic processes in a living organism, and oats are outstanding at the job.

    Oats Specialty

    The flow of water travels more intensively through the whole plant than it does in wheat or millet, for example, and that’s what makes oats special. High volumes of mineral-based silicic acid, phosphorus and iron are carried into the distinctive ‘beards’ of the ripening ear.

    Oat for dry and damaged hair

    These natural substances in oat extract can be harnessed and used to help the normal structure of the hair and scalp to be rebuilt. This is how oats, structuring and restoring, support the hair in its primary task of protecting, warming and enveloping the human organism. If hair texture is dry and damaged, the active ingredients of oats reduce hair breakage and split ends by smoothing the cuticles of the hair. Once the hair’s surface is smooth and undamaged, it reflects the light best. The result is naturally shiny and smooth hair.

  • Pomegranate

    An expert in balancing extremes, stimulating and regenerating life

    A symbol of beauty and strength

    In many cultures the pomegranate has been familiar for thousands of years. Originating from the ancient Persian Empire, which included modern-day Greece, Turkey, Iran and Iraq, it is still primarily cultivated in the Mediterranean, in the Middle East and India. In these cultures the fruit has been seen as a symbol of beauty, fertility, sensuality and strength since ancient times. The plant itself can reach quite a respectable age – some specimens are over 200 years old. In recent years the fruit of the pomegranate has been re-discovered for cooking and new cosmetics.

    Scientifically proven properties

    Precious pomegranate seed oil has antioxidant and regenerative properties because of its high content of polyphenols. These naturally-occurring phytochemicals act as an excellent scavengers of free radicals, which are known to be responsible for accelerating ageing in skin and cells. Pomegranate seed oil revitalises skin cells so that the skin is tightened and smoothed in a natural way. Its many positive properties have also recently been confirmed by numerous scientific studies.

    Constant growth

    Pomegranate’s highly invigorating and revitalising effect on the skin is enhanced because the growth processes of the plant don’t happen consecutively, with recognisable breaks between phases. Instead they flow into each other, overlapping and happening simultaneously – just like our human life phases.

    From the age of 40 we benefit most from the positive properties of the pomegranate. At this life stage, we look back on our experience and are able to recognise who we are, and who we are not. But as we grow older our skin changes – its vitality diminishes, the regeneration processes slow down and hardening tendencies can no longer be automatically counter-balanced overnight.

    A master of transition

    It’s at this time that the pomegranate can provide a valuable service. It mediates between the young and mature opposites, allowing them to flow into one another, developing a framework for dynamic and regenerative effects on the individual. So the pomegranate’s seed oil stabilises and relaxes the skin in times of transition, bringing inner and outer beauty into harmony and encouraging us to look towards the future with serenity.

  • Rosemary

    Rosemary helps with digestion, circulation and lifting the spirits

    Rosemary is a hardy plant, but with a poetic name. Ros marinus comes from Latin and means ‘dew of the sea’. In ancient times, rosemary was dedicated to the gods, especially the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, which is why it was also considered a symbol of love.  The plant is at home in the coastal regions of the Mediterranean, from Portugal to the Ionian Islands. Evergreen and low-growing, it loves hot, dry locations, but if need be can resist extreme cold. Temperatures of down to -20 degrees do not seem to harm it.

    Excellent qualities of rosemary oil

    Although the ancient Greeks valued it as a symbol and cult plant, they seem to have known little about the healing powers of rosemary, with virtually no evidence of practical uses in their writings. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that the many good qualities of rosemary essential oil were discovered. Rosemary has strong warming abilities, helps digestion and stimulates circulation and nerves. It is also able to alleviate rheumatism and migraine, and rosemary oil also has an antiseptic effect. As a bath additive, it has proved itself in the treatment of infected or poorly healing wounds and even in ointment form it can be absorbed well and to good effect.

    We use extracts from rosemary for our care products and medicines to stimulate heat balance and circulation. The intense fragrance lifts the spirits and works against fatigue. It can be used internally – for example, as a tea – but also externally as an oil or infusion.

  • Sea Buckthorn

    Stubbornly clinging to the rocky soil as its thick roots penetrate barren ground, the sea buckthorn is a survivor and pioneer which needs little to flourish. Throughout its entire growth cycle, sea buckthorn demonstrates an ability to combine vitality and life force. This is also reflected in the root system, spreading up to a radius of 12 metres. It can thrive in sparse, almost hostile, porous soil without taking any nourishment from the ground, easily mastering such challenging growing conditions.

    But sea buckthorn asks for one essential: sunlight. The defensive bush with its hard, pointed leaves and numerous spines is a real sun-worshipper. Bright, golden-red, berries absorb the radiance of the sun and take strength from it, converting the rays into valuable vitamins. These hard-to-harvest fruits are much more than just pretty to look at: as versatile powerpacks of vitamins they strengthen the human body from the inside as well as from the outside.

    Resilience is the most obvious characteristic of sea buckthorn. The bright berries contain an exceptionally high content of vitamin C, but also contain Vitamin B12 (cobalamin), which is especially important for vegetarians. Particularly during the cold and low light season, our immune system benefits from the stored sunlight in the berries, which helps to revitalise the system’s self-regulation, easily absorbing natural biological vitamins. This, in turn, helps boost general energy levels and the immune system.

    And sea buckthorn is also a real beauty expert. The rich oil from the seeds and pulp protects skin and strengthens its barrier function. A high content of linoleic and linolenic acid, palmitoleic acid and vitamin E soothes skin irritations. The carotenoids that give the sea buckthorn oil its orange-red colour and the plant’s special relationship with light, air and warmth make sea buckthorn particularly suitable for preventing sun damage to the skin, and for helping to repair skin already damaged by the sun. It prevents skin from drying out and supports healthy interplay of energies within the skin. In our sea buckthorn skin care range, we celebrate this universal talent for life and vitality.

  • Wheat

    With upright stems and typical compact spikes, wheat is often considered as the essential grain. Also described as the ‘cereal of the centre’.  It stands poised between cosmos and earth, exemplifying the balanced interaction between all the elemental forces – earth, water, air and fire. This results in a particularly rich formation of substance and silicic acid.

    Wheat is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history, behind only corn for widespread cultivation. Getreide, the German word for cereal, was written as gitregidi in Old High German, meaning ‘possession’, ‘yield’ or ‘that which is carried’. The yield is most strongly epitomised in wheat, not only internally – in nutritional quality – but also with externally demonstrated quantity. The stalk can carry several times its own weight in ears without leaning away from the centre.

    In the wheat plant it seems that all the powers that could have contributed towards excess, growth habit and form have been suppressed and redirected into balanced mediating functions. The self-restraint of wheat, in favour of a balanced interaction of all elementary forces, facilitates great richness in the ripe grain. It’s particularly rich in wheatgerm oil, linoleic and linolenic acid and vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant.


    Since all the wheat’s ingredients are in harmony, wheat germ oil has an important blood flow-promoting effect for the scalp and encourages firmness and elasticity. At the same time nourishing, building materials (vitamin E and lecithin) are a real treat for the hair structure. The polyunsaturated fatty acids of wheat germ oil can also help to promote the development of cells in the hair root, working naturally against hair loss. Wheat germ oil harmonises the anabolic and catabolic processes of the scalp: Excessive dandruff is slowed down and the scalp will return to the normal healthy balance, so important for beautiful hair.

    With this wealth of properties, we have selected wheat as an ideal leadplant for structure and balance. If the scalp is out of balance, the wheat’s harmonising effect brings fast relief. It’s a simple formula: healthy scalp = beautiful hair.

  • White Mallow

    A protective barrier to promote healthy skin formation

    Calms and soothes senses and skin

    The white mallow’s beneficial properties are show in its botanical name. Althaea derives from the Greek and means ‘curing’. White mallow was used as a healing plant in ancient times in China, Syria, Egypt and Greece, and was probably brought to Central Europe only in the Middle Ages to coincide with the beginning of settled agriculture. Nowadays it is cultivated on salty soils in coastal regions.

    At first glance, it is a rather delicate plant, but the white mallow can withstand lack of water and heat easily. Gel-like substances in the roots and flowers protect the plant from drying out and the high concentration of mucilaginous substances in the roots makewhite mallow calming, soothing, emollient, protective and moisturising. Its gentle, almost white flowers blushed with pink and its delicate fragrance have a very calming and soothing effect on the senses, completely unlike other blooms with vibrant colours and intense fragrance.

    As delicate as baby skin

    For exactly these reasons, the white mallow is ideal for baby care. Delicate, sensitive and immature baby skin has to undergo a process of development and learning during the first years of life. It needs a soft protective and warming layer, and no unnecessary fragrances to bring the skin out of balance. The white mallow binds moisture in the delicate skin of babies and stimulates development of the skin’s own protective forces to keep them from harmful environmental influences.

    Gentle protection for sensitive skin

    In conjunction with pansy, which is soothing and healing, our white mallow range demonstrates its protective properties particularly well. In addition, coconut oil and sesame oil nourish the skin intensively. Even for neurodermitic and acutely sensitive baby skin, the irritation-free ingredients are highly suitable.

  • Wild Rose

    The untamed beauty with harmony as its strength

    Queen of flowers, ambassador of love, symbol of beauty and purity – no other flower fascinates us as eternally as the rose.

    It’s no wonder that the rose enjoys almost legendary status among flowers – even the ancient Babylonians cultivated rose blooms to produce scented ointments from their petals. In early China roses were specifically grown in terraced plots, as they knew about their regenerating effect. At the time of the great Emperor Charlemagne, people used rose petals for gargling and for healing baths, while distillation of precious rose oil was probably invented in Persia. The essential oil was considered extremely valuable as its recovery was – and is – enormously costly. It takes three million flowers to produce one litre of rose oil. Today there are countless varieties and scents, with approximately 150 species of wild rose, almost two-thirds of them from Asia.

    Balanced between beauty and strength

    The inner values of rose plants are just as significant – and they are particularly strong in their wild forms. The wild rose easily keeps its balance between smoothness and robustness, demand and adaptability. When cultivated, roses externalise their vitality and image of harmony through their singular beauty and bewitching scent. Wild roses, on the other hand, internalise their life forces and develop the inner essences which create valuable rosa mosqueta seed oil.

    With its many thorns, the wild rose reins itself in, restraining the impulses that urge growth outward. In this way an inner balance is formed. The demonstration of this harmony lies in the fruit of the wild rose – the rosehip is in particular ‘wrapped up’ in its seeds.

    Our skin’s health also benefits from the roses’ balancing skills. The core rosa mosqueta oil soothes and smoothes the skin, while the scent of damask rose harmonises the mood. We use the wild rose variety rosa mosqueta and her red rosehip fruit in our skin care line for Wild Rose Face and Body. The seed oil of rosa mosqueta is one of the most effective oils to smooth the skin. Especially after the age of 30, when the skin is becoming gradually more demanding and dry, the strength of our Wild Rose Skin Care range takes effect.