Our heritage

After more than 90 years the vision is still contemporary

Right up to the present day Weleda remains true to the strongly-held spiritual principles of our founders, and their effects resonate throughout our company.

Weleda was founded in 1921 by the Austrian philosopher and natural scientist, Rudolf Steiner, Dutch doctor Ita Wegman and Oskar Schmiedel, a chemist and pharmacist from Munich in Germany. The company and its modern operations is still based on the philosophic ideology and high values of their discipline, anthroposophy.

Anthroposophy is a spiritual world view with European roots, now established all over the world. It was named and formulated by Weleda’s founder Rudolf Steiner, who translated the name to mean ‘the wisdom of man’. By contrast to some present-day practice in academic and university circles, Steiner used the term to refer to the investigation of the spiritual realm through scientific and spiritual experience, and it was this to which he devoted his work. Steiner’s anthroposophy takes its starting point from exact scientific thinking, with equally exact research methods, initially limited to the world of matter, then extended to the spiritual through science.

We as a company have imbued these values through all our operations – in our bio-dynamic farming, fair treatment of staff and stakeholders, sustainable manufacturing processes and cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. We continue to develop in many countries through committed people who appreciate our ethos, and we are now the world’s leading manufacturer of holistic, natural, organic cosmetics and pharmaceuticals for anthroposophic therapy.

How it began

It all began with a hospital and a pharmaceutical laboratory.

Since 1921 »

A man with a vision

The spiritual and philosophical founder of Weleda.

Rudolf Steiner »

A worldwide research method

Influencing education, architecture, art and medicine amongst others disciplines.

Anthroposophy »

She put theory into practice

A clear-sighted woman with a strong vision of reform in medical treatment.

Ita Wegmann »

Director of Weleda for 35 years

The initiator of the production of anthroposophic pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

Oskar Schmiedel »