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1/11/2010 12:08:48 PM
The Winter Blues
Right now, the U.S., Europe and China are in the grip of severely cold weather. Winter, and its accompanying cold and flu season, is clearly upon us. Inclement conditions, along with short days, tend to keep most of us indoors, and in close proximity to each other. As a pharmacist, I come in frequent contact with customers who are suffering  from colds or the flu, and you may wonder how I protect myself.* To put things into perspective, we all constantly come into contact with disease-causing bacteria and viruses, but mostly, we do not get sick. Our bodies largely have the ability to protect us, and I think it’s important to remember...
1/7/2010 10:09:10 AM
A Vineyard in Balance
Over my New Year’s vacation, I took a trip to Napa Valley, where I toured a certified Biodynamic vineyard called Grgich Hills Estate. It’s tucked away in the middle of the valley. The day I visited the sun was bright, the air was crisp, and the mustard flowers were in full bloom, covering the hills in bright yellow. It was the perfect day for tasting…and touring! Given my background at Weleda, I was excited to learn firsthand how Grgich uses Biodynamic agriculture to grow its grapes. I know the quality of Weleda’s products is unsurpassed because we grow our plant ingredients in our own Biodynamic gardens. So you can bet I had high expectations for...
1/5/2010 9:52:51 AM
Natural Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula
In the middle of January in New York, when it’s freezing cold and the days are short, it makes me warm and happy to imagine fields of bright orange calendula growing in our Biodynamic gardens in Germany, in summer. For centuries, calendula has been known for its healing properties. It’s also been called Marigold, Holigold and Mary Bud—vivid names that attest to the positive experiences people have had with this incredible plant. Scientific studies have shown that calendula—especially the blossoms—contain active ingredients that are anti-inflammatory, helping to heal irritated and even wounded skin. Every year we sow our calendula on a different...