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10/5/2012 2:00:00 PM

 

If you’ve ever wondered where Weleda gathers its beautiful ingredients, here’s an inside look at our Biodynamic© garden in Germany. Come join the tour!

Weleda Naturals Garden in Wetzgau, Germany

 

Biodynamic© farming uses the balance between plants, earth, animals and the environment to create a sustainable, fertile, enriching relationship. This concept, started by Dr. Rudolph Steiner, is the guideline for growth at the Weleda Naturals Garden in Wetzgau, just outside Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. Here, over 250 different medicinal plants are grown on 56 acres of lush land and harvested at their peak for use in Weleda products. It is one of the largest Biodynamic© gardens in Europe. 

 

Arnica, Echinacea, and Euphrasia Collage

 

Plants such as Arnica (Arnica Montana) great for inflammation, Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) a natural immune aide and and Eyebright (Euphrasia Officinalis) found in our Wild Rose Smoothing Eye Cream are lovingly cultivated here. One colorful example of this cultivation is Calendula.

 

Calendula collage

 

Calendula grows best during the warm summer months, like its own bright little sun. Full of flavonoids, carotenoids and essential oils, these little blooms possess powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties. We harvest more than 3,500 pounds of Biodynamic© calendula blossoms every year from our gardens for use in medicines and our Calendula Baby Care line. See it happen here.

 

Besides bright flowers, useful herbs and beneficial weeds, Weleda Naturals houses bugs of all kinds (seen in the insect hotel below) and keeps an active compost pile. While those may not be the most beautiful images of the garden, they are crucial to the health and vitality of this working farm.

 

Compost piles and the Bug Hotel Weleda Naturals Germany

 

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out what others, like EcoFabulous and Beauty Geeks, have had to say about their trips to this special place. Or see our extended video here (we like :30 – 2:50 the best).

Wetzgau collage

 

Whichever way you look at Weleda Naturals you will see beauty in its natural form. We hope you’ve enjoyed this small tour and that you’ll come back to visit us soon.

Love Calendula as much as we do? Post your favorite Calendula product in the comment section below and enter to win a Calendula inspired gift basket! Entries will be accepted until Sunday 9/28** at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be randomly selected from the entries received, emailed directly and (once confirmed) posted on our Facebook page. Good luck and stay tuned; there are more farms to come!

**Contest extended to Thursday 10/11 by 11:59pm.

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By: tarawoods
Posted: 10/7/201310:46:50 AM
All of the Baby Calendula products. Our son has sensitive skin, and we have tried other products; however, nothing works as well as Weleda's Baby Calendula. Not to mention the smell is heavenly, I want to gobble him up!
By: Dogskin
Posted: 10/15/20128:54:16 PM
Calendula lotion!
By: mariahackett1985
Posted: 10/11/20121:26:37 PM
My favorite Weleda product is the Calendula lotion
By: miriama59
Posted: 10/11/20124:11:03 AM
Calendula Ointment which is so soothing for rashes.
By: horsesallover
Posted: 10/10/201210:54:55 AM
My favorite Weleda product is the Calendula lotion, I've found it to be gentle and effective.
By: horsesallover
Posted: 10/10/201210:54:25 AM
My favorite Weleda product is the Calendula lotion, I've found it to be gentle and effective.
By: lindydnil
Posted: 10/10/201210:38:19 AM
My favorite Weleda Calendula product is the lotion!
By: mailmandave11
Posted: 10/10/201210:35:40 AM
My favorite is the Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash!
By: MELITAJM
Posted: 10/9/20125:10:56 PM
Since 4 years ago since we had our first child, heck since 20 years ago when a was an Au Pair in Germany, Weleda has been my favorite. Currently we are using Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash, Diaper Cream, Baby Calendula Face Cream. I have been using postpartum Lavender Relaxing Body Oil (had a 2nd baby 3 months ago) on myself. My newborn loves getting massages before going to bed and for that we use either Calendula Baby Cream & Calendula Oil. I guess, you can call us Weleda fanatics :).
By: MELITAJM
Posted: 10/9/20125:08:50 PM
Since 4 years ago since we had our first child, heck since 20 years ago when a was an Au Pair in Germany, Weleda has been my favorite. Currently we are using Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash, Diaper Cream, Baby Calendula Face Cream. I have been using postpartum Lavender Relaxing Body Oil (had a 2nd baby 3 months ago) on myself. My newborn loves getting massages before going to bed and for that we use either Calendula Baby Cream & Calendula Oil. I guess, you can call us Weleda fanatics :).
By: BlueLinda
Posted: 10/9/20122:29:06 PM
I truly love everything Weleda. I always give the Calendula baby line to all of my expected mother friends and they absolutely love it. What an amazing flower and plant :)
By: alishia
Posted: 10/8/20128:28:08 PM
I haven't tried the Calendula yet but I love everything for Weleda!
By: ekjorgenson
Posted: 10/8/20124:08:44 PM
I have tried all of the Calendula products...love the diaper cream for irritated skin or even acne! I have recommended the line to many new moms for their little ones and the whole family!
By: kb1285
Posted: 10/8/20121:39:50 PM
Calendula Lotion is my fave product! Keeps my skin soft and smooth!
By: Marvelyn
Posted: 10/8/201212:43:46 PM
The Arnica massage oil is wonderful. It not only helps with aches and pains, but rub on feet and sleep like a baby! Very relaxing!
By: katmandoo
Posted: 10/8/201212:32:04 PM
Calendula lotion :)
By: cgillis
Posted: 10/8/201212:31:33 PM
Calendula oil! So calming.
By: aprilfordyce
Posted: 10/8/201212:26:38 PM
I love both the Calendula Soap & Lotion. I suffer from sensitive/eczema prone skin. Stress, weather, allergies....any little or big thing can send my skin into fits. I love how gentle, soothing & effetive the Calendula products are. Thanks so much Weleda ;o) <3
By: kdreher
Posted: 10/8/201212:23:08 PM
I love all the Calendula products, but my favorite would be the Calendula Soap. My skin feels soft and nourished after every shower!
By: nikki.liz
Posted: 10/8/201212:19:52 PM
Definitely the Calendula Lotion! Use it everyday when I first get out of the shower, same goes for the spouse!!
By: deedee
Posted: 10/8/201212:10:49 PM
As a person with very sensitive skin the Calendula Soap is a wonderful product. I can use this soap and I get no red blotches or peeling on my face like I get with so many other soaps that are supposed to be for sensitive skin. It makes my skin feel clean and nourished.
By: acs0508
Posted: 10/8/201212:05:49 PM
My favourite Calendula product is the "Calendula Soap Bar, 3.5oz" it even lasts a long time amongts 4people, and our skin is so soft! ♥♥♥ I actually don't buy anything but Weleda though (homeopathy, bath / body / baby care)... others I enjoy are Weleda Skin food & my daughters wont brush their teeth with anything but Weleda's Children's tooth Gel. I also live by Wecesin Powder for wet wounds & bum rashes on the kids! ♥♥♥ I have joyfully embraced my body and cared for my children's well being with the help of these products! Thanks!
By: ecobeaut
Posted: 10/8/201211:58:49 AM
I had the chance to test out the Calendula Lotion and I love how emollient it is. I'm also secretly in love with the Calendula Oil, even though it's made for babies! I still think the Oil can pamper adult skin too :)
By: kr2488
Posted: 10/8/201211:57:14 AM
I love the Calendula lotion!
By: MontalvoCC
Posted: 10/8/201211:33:20 AM
Yikes! We posted the wrong end date, so we've decided to extend this contest to Thursday 10/11. Thank you for everyone who's posted so far, and for the catch @akto. Winner will be announced Friday.
By: akto
Posted: 10/6/20126:32:10 PM
My favorite Calendula product is the Calendula Ointment 'cos it's a nice alternative from the other harsh chemical products. Thank you for the opportunity. [note the end date is posted incorrectly. Should be 10/28, no 9/28 ;) ]
By: LadyoftheManor
Posted: 10/5/20125:02:39 PM
Our three boys have used the Calendula Baby Cream and I have used the Calendula Lotion on my hands changing all these diapers, best cream and lotion on the market. That Biodynamic Farming Garden in Germany is pretty.
By: wizardewu
Posted: 10/5/20124:55:36 PM
My favorite is the Calendula Lotion. It keeps my skin from getting dried out, especially in the colder weather.
By: ryanlouise
Posted: 10/5/20124:37:57 PM
Calendula Lotion is my favorite Calendula product. Love it :)
By: kvieweg07
Posted: 10/5/20124:25:54 PM
Thanks for sharing....looks so beautiful and I bet it smells heavenly! My favorite calendula product is the Diaper Rash Cream, it works wonders! http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop/calendula-diaper-care.aspx
By: BoyChanel
Posted: 10/5/20124:20:32 PM
What a great post & so informative! I always use the Calendula Baby Cream in the winter for my hands & legs & I have incredibly dry skin. My hands are just awful during winter but the calendula is perfect for deep moisture protective barrier!
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