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12/4/2009 8:50:58 AM
Could You be the Next Face of
Weleda is not about us; it’s about you—it’s about “we.” With that in mind, it seemed only natural to look for our next we magazine cover model from among all of you. The model for our last issue, Samira, was a friend of Marko’s, our COO. She was born in Iran (home of the pomegranate). She now lives in Jersey City, NJ, and enjoys eating pomegranates with her husband. With her timeless beauty and natural radiance, she was the perfect person for that cover. The search is now on for the face of our spring 2010 issue! Our “You Could Be we” contest launched on December 1, and we’ve already received so many wonderful entries that we can’t help but share a...
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11/13/2009 9:35:22 AM
Coming in From the Cold
In November, the cold, wet and gray days start to set in, as the last of the fallen leaves are blown away by the wind. But we still have lots of work to do in our biodynamic gardens!   We put most of the fallen leaves to good use as a cover on certain plants to protect them against the cold. We also create a typical forest soil using humus—organic material produced by the leaves that helps feed the soil.   In November we start to trim the hedges that surround all of our fields. We have more than 14,000(m) of hedges around the entire garden. They are an important element in a biodynamic garden; they serve as a valuable habitat for necessary...
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9/21/2009 12:42:53 PM
So Long, Summer. Hello, September.
September is the season of golden, warm light. Just as the summer sun begins to fade, nature, the garden and the gardeners start to slow down. It’s time to reflect on the hard work and harvesting we did during the summer season. In September, Angelica archangelica (angelica) and Valeriana officinalis (valerian) are two of the last plants we put in the soil before winter. We harvest Allium cepa (garden onions) and Allium sativum (garlic) this month. These two plants are commonly found in vegetable gardens, but as many traditional herbal or medical books show, they are thought to help prevent some diseases. Capsicum annuum (chilli pepper) is another...
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7/8/2009 10:25:53 AM
Calendula’s Time to Shine
July is the month of calendula (Calendula officinalis), when we marvel at the fields of orange flowers. In fact, if I could, I'd declare it the official year of calendula! As you can tell, I like this plant very much, and it's Weleda’s largest crop. We use it in our Baby Care line and in our Calendula Toothpaste. In three or four days, we'll harvest the flourishing flowers, then we'll harvest the herba, the entire upper part of the plant. This is the only harvest we do by machine Another beautiful medicinal plant that comes to flower in July is monkshood, or monk’s hood (Aconitum napellus). Although highly toxic, it is beneficial taken in appropriate...
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6/4/2009 11:57:47 AM
Ready for Enlightenment?
June is the month with the most daylight. The longest day of the year is June 24, the day of John the Baptist, the light-bringer in the Bible. One of the most popular medicinal plants, St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)—used in Weleda medicines, has a special connection to light and sun. Its flowers’ yellow color, the receiving attitude of its branches, the arrangement of its leaves so none is in shadow, and the way the cells hold the oil, visible in the petals and leaves as little points — the whole plant is like stored sunlight. With these characteristics, the plant can bring light to people who suffer from dark moods and depressions. In the...
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4/11/2009 5:33:00 PM
Pretty in Pink: Cultivating Beauty in New York City
Spring in New York City usually means lots of rain. Sometimes we skip spring completely and jump right from cold and rainy late winter to sunny and hot summer. Don’t misunderstand me, I love living here, and the beautiful and long fall more than makes up for the nonexistent spring. So last Sunday was one of these rare spring days (between a freezing and windy Saturday and a cold and rainy Monday) and we, which includes my wife Ameena and my two children Josef (4 ½) and Laila (1) ventured downtown to enjoy the sun and lunch “al fresco” at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. Why am I telling you this story? I would like to use this blog to show you...
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