Our story begins with a vision

How our founders broke new ground in medicine and skin care, and how they continue to inspire us today. So health and beauty can unfold in harmony with nature and the human being.


Our vision is a healthy world


Before Weleda was founded, Rudolf Steiner held his First Course for Doctors in 1920. This series of lectures was organised by the chemist Oskar Schmiedel. The following year, the ;">Our name, Weleda, expresses the deep connection between human beings and nature. “Veleda” was a title once given to wise, healing women. Anthroposophy explores connections. At Weleda, our understanding of the harmonious connection between people and plants enables us to develop better natural products. Anthroposophic medicine takes a holistic view of the human being and promotes a healthy balance between body, mind and spirit.

Our name, Weleda, expresses the deep connection between human beings and nature. “Veleda” was a title once given to wise, healing women.


From a medical course to a medicinal herb garden

  • In 1920 Rudolf Steiner gave a series of lectures to doctors and medical students. Known as the First Course for Doctors, it marked the birth of anthroposophic medicine. 
  • In September 1920 the physician Ita Wegman purchased “a small house with a big apple tree” in Arlesheim, Switzerland. In 1921, this became the world’s first anthroposophic clinic, the Arlesheim Clinic (also known as the Ita Wegman Anthroposophic Clinic). 
  • In 1921 the commercial production of pharmaceutical and skin care products was launched in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. 
  • In 1922 the first medicinal herb garden was established in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. Today, we grow medicinal plants according to the principles of biodynamic farming in our eight Weleda gardens around the world.
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