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6/11/2010 9:23:29 AM
Stop and Smell the Roses
Summer is almost here. That means I have to be careful not to sunburn when I work in the gardens. (If I do burn, I use our Sea Buckthorn Body Oil to help repair it.) This is also the time of year when roses flower in our Biodynamic® gardens in Germany. We have several types of roses, but the ones with the most intensive and beautiful fragrance are Rosa centifolia and Rosa rubiginosa (also known as the sweet briar rose). Rosa centifolia is called the rose of a thousand petals, and they are very beautiful flowers. We have only about fifty of them in the garden. They would never provide enough rose oil for our Wild Rose Facial Care—for that we source...
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5/25/2010 2:45:01 PM
The King of the Night
In May, the King of the Night (Selenicereus grandiflorus), a plant in the cactus family, reaches its flowering high point. This is a plant that we use in some of our anthroposophical medicines. It helps to strengthen the rhythm of the heart.  To me, the most fascinating aspect of this plant is that its long, ugly, spiny and inconspicuous branches become very beautiful when it blooms. But it only blooms in the night, and for one night only. When it does, it produces big round flowers that smell like a brilliant perfume. To see these flowers blooming all at once and smelling so fragrant in the middle of the night—it’s truly a noiseless spectacle. Then,...
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5/21/2010 12:48:37 PM
Product Spotlight: Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream
Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream was one of the first Weleda products I ever tried, long before I even started working here. It’s still one of my favorites. I have a tube sitting right by my desk, and every time I put it on (like 10 times a day), it makes me smile. My colleagues are probably always wondering what’s so funny. The Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream has a light, uplifting citrus-y scent, courtesy of sun-drenched essential oils of orange, mandarin and grapefruit. It smells like a big bowl of tropical fruit salad. Even better than the way it smells, though, is the good it’s doing for my (and your!) hands. Biodynamic® sea buckthorn oil is chock-full of...
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5/14/2010 12:09:28 PM
A Day to Remember at Weleda Naturals
It’s springtime now in Wetzgau, Germany, where our biodynamic gardens are located. This is a lovely time to visit the gardens and many different groups have stopped in for sightseeing tours. The tours take almost two hours because there are so many diverse plants to observe and learn about. When visitors first enter the gardens, they have to pass through the most unique gate. A colleague, Gabe Stahle, made it by hand two years ago using willow branches. She has a talent for making sculptures out of natural materials. On top of the gate is a sun. It’s a fitting and unique entrance to our garden since the sun is, after all, the most important element...
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4/20/2010 7:40:37 PM
All Aglow for Spring
Spring brings brighter days, but alas, it doesn’t always brighten your complexion, at least not right away. Sometimes your skin needs a little help to get its glow back, and a facial can do the trick. I recently chatted with Patricia, one of our estheticians at the Weleda Spa in Palisades, NY, to find out more about why this time of year is a great time for a facial. She started by telling me why facials are beneficial in general, regardless of whether it’s January or June. “Facials deeply moisturize, cleanse, balance, exfoliate and revitalize,” she said. “The results you get with a facial are very hard to achieve at home. They keep your skin healthy,...
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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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