It all started in 1921 in Arlesheim (Switzerland). The Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman, along with a group of doctors and scientists, teamed up to create a pharmaceutical laboratory that manufactured drugs adapted to anthroposophic medicine. These drugs were made exclusively from natural substances, and helped maintain health naturally, stimulating the body's self-healing forces.
Soon after, a wide range of cosmetics formulated with natural ingredients, with pharmaceutical quality and without synthetic components, was developed. Following the same holistic approach as medicines: helping the body to regulate and maintain its natural balance.
From its origin, Weleda wanted to use the highest quality raw materials for both medicines and cosmetics, obtained in harmony with nature, that is to say: without overexploiting natural resources. For this reason, in the 1920s he bought some land a few kilometers from Schwäbsich Gmünd, in southern Germany, where he established his own biodynamic garden, a type of agriculture similar to organic. A great variety of pure and vital medicinal plants have been cultivated there for almost 90 years, without pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
Weleda is one of the pioneers in natural cosmetics in Europe. Its name Weleda comes from "Velleda", a Celtic order of women healers who took from the earth the power to heal.