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4/29/2010 1:37:50 PM
Behind the Scenes of the
We Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2010 Cover Shoot We wanted to share with you the video that was made during our latest “we” magazine cover shoot, featuring our “You Could be we” contest winner, Brighid Kennedy! Brighid, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, came to New York for our shoot in March and truly graced us with her beautiful warm smile (courtesy of Salt Toothpaste, one of her favorite Weleda products!) and her good nature. While on the set, she took a break to tell us what keeps her glowing. “I love using Weleda products because they are all natural, so my skin not only feels good afterward, but I feel good knowing the products are...
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Categories: Cultivating beauty
4/8/2010 2:48:33 PM
April in our Gardens: Spring has Sprung!
April is fantastic—the garden is in its full youthful splendor again! This month we will plant a few new plant species that we’ve never cultivated before, including ginseng, Cardiospermum halicacabum (balloon vine), Mesembryanthemum crystallinum (common iceplant), Alchemilla (lady’s mantle). They are all beautiful and important for our plant-based prescription medicines. We harvest Primula veris (cowslip, pictured right) this month. We use an extract from this plant in our Cordiodoron Tablets, which supports heart health. It’s a very nice but laborious plant for us. It’s very small and we have to stoop down for many hours to harvest it. But the...
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3/31/2010 8:47:12 AM
Farmers at Heart
Happy Earth Month! At Weleda, we’re celebrating with beautiful products from beautiful earth. Take Skin Food, for instance. Five of the core plants in this intensely nourishing cream—sunflower, chamomile, pansy, rosemary and calendula (pictured)—are grown organically. Why? Because we think that amazing products begin with amazing soil. Because life nurtures life.  Because it’s the right thing to do. Because we care about you, and about the planet, too.  Weleda continually invests time, money and knowledge into building long-term, sustainable projects with our farmers and partners. Our responsible sourcing of resources and careful cultivation of plants...
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3/29/2010 9:37:33 AM
Signs of Spring in our Gardens
Old man winter just won’t give up here! Just when we thought he was gone for good, he returned again. For nearly a week, we had sun and our ducks were running all over the garden, having fun and looking for something to eat. Then it snowed and we had to put them back in the greenhouse—at least for now, until it warms up again. In the Customer Center at Weleda Naturals, in Wetzgau, Germany, the telephone is ringing off the hook—a sure sign that spring is on the way. We are now booking sightseeing appointments for a special “Well-Being Tour” that we are offering in April, for groups of about 12 people each. Our guides take each group on a tour of our...
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3/3/2010 10:16:34 AM
Spring Awakening: March in our Gardens
This month it is gray, cold and wet in our Biodynamic® gardens at Weleda Naturals in Wetzgau, Germany. But I love it when the birds return and start singing, the sun becomes a little brighter, and the first tiny tops of our perennial plants appear from the soil. I also love it when our gardeners return!  It’s an exciting moment when we meet each other again, after four months of winter break. This is the time of year when we start plant production in the greenhouse; we cultivate nearly all of our annual and perennial plants inside before we plant them out in the garden. Each young plant has its own germination needs. Some seeds require a special...
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2/1/2010 1:46:20 PM
Snowed In: Our Gardens in February
This month, our Biodynamic® gardens are beautiful and calm. Everything is covered with snow. Occasionally a few birds fly around, searching for food. Not much is growing, but there are a few exceptions. Helleborus niger (black hellebore) and Daphne mezereum (Daphne) are two medicinal plants that seem to have a totally different rhythm from most others. They flower even when there is snow! Helleborus niger has a fascinating white flower, while Daphne mezereum is a low-growing shrub with lovely, yet toxic, purplish-pink flowers. Each morning, I sit with the other Weleda gardeners and we discuss many topics, including the results of our soil tests, how...
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