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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...
3/1/2010 1:17:47 PM
Best of Social Media: February
A big thanks to the many thousands of you who are now connecting with us on Facebook and on Twitter! I’m sure that, back in 1921, our company founders, Dr. Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman, could have never envisioned a day when we would engage with our fans in a digital world. But they believed in a personal approach to health care and wellness, so I think they would be happy knowing we are connecting with you and sharing our passion for beauty and wellness throughout the world, even if it's a virtual one. Weleda is about cultivating beauty with ingredients straight from the earth, and we're always trying to think up fresh ways we can...
Categories: Our world
2/24/2010 1:12:06 PM
Retailer Spotlight: Organica Natural Foods
The organic lifestyle is nothing new to John Marrone. In the late '70s, when he was just 25, he took a trip to California, where he was amazed by how many people shared his desire to live a natural, healthy life. He came back to New Jersey with a dream to open a store that would sell natural, nutritious foods for the whole body. He quickly turned that dream into a reality. In 1978, he opened Organica Natural Foods in Northvale, NJ, about 15 miles north of New York City. His brother Mark became his business partner one year later. Initially, Organica was a tiny store front, but it has since expanded three different times. It's now well-merchandised,...
Categories: Natural living, Our world
2/23/2010 2:30:37 PM
Natural Remedies for Sniffles and Sneezes
It is still very much winter, just ask anyone in the mid-Atlantic states, where record amounts of snow have fallen this year. It even snowed in Florida! The groundhog, it seems, wasn’t kidding when he predicted six more weeks of winter. The question of how to treat a cold comes up frequently at our Weleda pharmacy this time of the year. My advice depends on the particular complaint and symptoms.* In general, I recommend staying warm, getting plenty of rest, and drinking lots of fluids (try horsetail tea, which supports the kidneys and helps eliminate toxins). It also helps to support the immune system with Echinadoron** at the...
2/19/2010 9:34:50 AM
The GreenShows: Fashion with a Conscience
The GreenShows just wrapped up in New York City, but the buzz they generated is alive and well. From Joann Berman’s rollicking frocks to Samantha Pleet’s youthful jumpers, all 10 fashion labels proved that sustainable fashion is wearable, beautiful and more than a passing fad. The passion these artists show for their work and for the earth is commendable and inspiring. As much as possible, each designer uses organic materials and eco-friendly dyes, eschews leather and suede, produces locally and pays fair wages. Being a part of The GreenShows was a natural fit for Weleda. The conscious use of resources and the responsibility toward our partners,...
Categories: Natural living
2/11/2010 10:48:44 AM
An American in Germany
It’s hard to believe that it’s been just three weeks since I left Weleda North America to begin a six month stint working at Weleda AG in Germany. So far, the biggest difference I’ve noticed between Weleda AG and Weleda North America is the size of the offices. There are more than 1,000 employees working at our headquarters in Schwäbisch Gmünd, and only 30 in our office in Palisades, NY! Weleda is the top-selling natural skin care brand in Germany, but despite its large size, Weleda AG does not feel like a corporate giant. You get a feeling of life, of a living organism, when you are here. There are Koi ponds with turtles and plants everywhere, and...
Categories: Our world