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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...
6/4/2009 2:29:20 PM
The Itch is Back
When Ben was a toddler he had eczema on the inside of his elbows and thighs. It was a struggle to ease the itching and keep the skin hydrated enough not to crack and bleed when he scratched all the time. My fears were that we would have to use hydrocortisone which is not good for the skin when used long term. I am lucky to work at Weleda because I could experiment with different natural products to see which worked best. The best results were from using Weleda Calendula Oil after an oatmeal bath. I would then slather Skin Food on the extra dry spots. We’d have to put Skin Food on again if he started itching. We did this at every diaper...
Categories: At home with Weleda, Baby
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...
5/18/2009 12:17:51 PM
The winner is ...: a pageant for natural beauty standards
I just returned from The Natural Beauty Summit. Despite what the name suggests, this is not a meeting of natural beauties – in most cases. The Natural Beauty Summit is an annual meeting of the leaders of the Natural Cosmetics Industry and a platform to exchange ideas that further the cause of natural products. A lot of what is discussed at this meeting will directly affect consumers (you!) in the coming months and years, so I find it appropriate to update you on some of the issues we are currently struggling with. The main problem that all the “real” natural brands, such as us, are struggling with is how to differentiate ourselves from the “pretend”...
Categories: Natural living
5/6/2009 2:31:00 PM
5 Reasons why we love weeds...and more
The atmosphere in the garden in May is beautiful. The greens are bright, and many plants are flowering. This is when my favorite plant flowers: Iris germanica—used in Iris Facial Care. The plant's color and shape fascinate me. We are planting Bryophyllum—used in Weleda medicines—in the greenhouses, and for the first time we're using biodegradable foil. The foil prevents weeds and dirt from getting on the delicate leaves. Previously we needed to clean and dry each leaf at harvest time — very time consuming! Although weeds contribute positive things to the environment and increase biodiversity, weeding is important here in the garden, since weeds...
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...