One of the things I love about working at Weleda is that there is always something new to learn. Just this Monday, for example, our chief pharmacist, Petra, invited me and my colleagues to stop by the compounding pharmacy inside our headquarters in Palisades, NY. It was the perfect opportunity for us to learn what Petra and her team do all day in their white coats and hair nets, surrounded by glass bottles and crazy contraptions only a mad scientist could love. What amazes me is the contrast between the stark white, sterile environment of the pharmacy and its raison d'être: to make medicines that heal people and make them feel better.
Petra told us about the roots of homeopathy, how it was founded by a German physician more than 200 years ago and is based on the idea that “like cures like.” Petra went on to explain how anthroposophy is similar yet different to homeopathy because it takes a holistic view of the patient, believing that each person’s healing needs are unique and different from anyone else’s.
Robert, who also works in our pharmacy, showed us how he combines organic, Biodynamic® and wildharvested plant extracts with a mix of water and alcohol to make tinctures. Weleda developed a proprietary method of diluting and then shaking these tinctures, which energizes the solution and draws out the healing forces hidden within the plant materials. These tinctures are an essential component of every product we make. The very same plant ingredients are used in our skin care products as well.
More than 1,000 specialty medicines are made in our pharmacy every year. These medicines are then combined in different ways, according to what doctors prescribe for their patients. Considering that Weleda was founded in 1921 as a pharmaceutical laboratory, the work that Petra and Robert do is a fundamental part of Weleda and what our company is about: healing. I’m glad I got to spend some quality time with them.