Weleda Key Facts
• New Zealand’s only registered natural pharmaceutical company with a licence to manufacture medicines. This means that Weleda Medicines can legally carry therapeutic claims.
• Manufactured to the internationally recognised New Zealand Code of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for pharmaceutical products.
• New Zealand’s only natural pharmaceutical company growing biodynamic ingredients in our own gardens for both medicinal and bodycare preparations.
• Product efficacy based on over 80 years of product development and knowledge and formulated by doctors and pharmacists.
• Free from synthetic colours, fragrances, preservatives, emulsifying agents, and parabens.
• No genetic modification – our policy is to never knowingly use raw materials that contain genetically modified materials.
• Weleda uses only high quality, high concentration organic, or biodynamic ingredients derived from natural sources.
How long do I take Weleda Medicines for?
This will always depend on whether the illness is acute or chronic. Here are some general guidelines for Weleda medicines:
For acute illness (Sudden symptoms): Take the medicine (as indicated on the label) for 3 days
For chronic illness (Prolonged symptoms): Take as indicated on the label for 6 weeks, and then have a 2 week break. This cycle can be repeated for several months if required. We do not recommend constantly taking Weleda medicines without having a break. This ensures the body does not come to rely on it, and encourages the body’s own normal processes to be stimulated.
How long do I use Weleda Medicines before I expect to see a result?
This will vary from person to person, depending on their general level of health, and how long the condition has been present. Other factors, such as a person’s level of nutrition and stress also affect a person’s general immunity and vitality. As a general guideline:
Acute conditions: A person can expect some change within a day.
Chronic conditions: A person can expect some change within two weeks, but should persist for up to six weeks.
How to store Weleda Medicines
Weleda medicines contain no anti-oxidants or synthetic preservatives. They are light and heat sensitive. Store below 30C, in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight and strong smelling substances. Keep all medicines out of reach of children.
How to take Weleda Medicines
Drops: Can be taken straight (tip the drops into cap or straight into mouth) or in a little water and hold under the tongue for a few seconds to allow the medicine to be absorbed.
Pilules/Tablets/Powders: Dissolve under the tongue for quick and effective absorption.
General Dosage Instructions
Weleda medicines are generally taken 3 times daily, straight or in a little water, at least 15 minutes before meals. In acute conditions medicines can be taken up to every 2 hours.
Under 7 years: 5 drops
7-14 years: 10 drops
Adult : 15 drops
For tablets and powders: see individual products or as directed by your healthcare professional.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are unsure about the condition, or if it does not respond to treatment, then advice from a healthcare professional should be sought.
Can I take Weleda Medicines if I am pregnant?
Weleda products have a long history of use over many decades, with many millions of people having taken them under their doctor’s supervision throughout Europe. The scientific literature is also monitored for information about possible contraindications during pregnancy. On this basis, it is our judgement that there is as yet no known reason to indicate that any of the commonly available Weleda preparations may harm the developing foetus. However, in common with nearly all herbal and homoeopathic medicines, no Weleda products have been tested on pregnant animals or people to prove their safety. Therefore, Weleda does not claim that any Weleda product is safe to use during pregnancy.
We undertake to provide label warnings on any product where there is any suspicion that more than the general caution outlined below should be taken during pregnancy. Weleda supports the widely used cautious recommendation that the only medicines taken during pregnancy are those where the risk of taking the medicine have been weighed-up against the risk of the medical condition by the mother-to-be and their health care professional.
What Weleda preparations are not recommended for babies?
All products unless otherwise stated on the label are suitable for babies through to adults. For all products, please follow the recommended dosage on the product label. The following products are not generally recommended for babies (aged 0-3 years) because they are for conditions that babies do not generally suffer from:
Chelidonium Comp.: Liver cleanser. Problem skin.
Frost Cream: For chilblains.
Heat Rub: For arthritis and joint/muscle ache.
Sports Massage Oil: Warming muscle liniment.
Hepar Sulph. Comp.: For acne symptoms.
The following products are not generally recommended because more suitable products are available:
Infludo: For colds, flu’s, fevers (we recommend Ferrum Phos. Comp. Pilules for babies with feverish colds and flu).
Digestodoron: Digestive regularity, e.g. constipation/diarrhoea (we recommend Digestodoron 3x for digestive regularity in babies).
Why does Weleda use alcohol in their medicines?
Alcohol (ethanol) extracts different active ingredients than other substances used for extraction (glycerin or water alone). With a wider range of active ingredients the therapeutic activity is broader, and the remedy is more effective.
Alcohol acts as a preservative against bacteria, yeasts and moulds. Once it is diluted by swallowing, it loses its preservative effect, so does not damage beneficial intestinal flora.
How much alcohol is in Weleda Medicines?
Weleda’s standard 15 drop (or 1mL) dose contains 3 drops (200mg) of alcohol (ethanol). In comparison, one average slice of bread contains between 100mg and 200mg of alcohol. The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends that a newborn (3kg) baby, should be given no more than 3mL of alcohol (ethanol) in a single dose - this is about 20 times the amount contained in a dose of Weleda’s Medicines or Homoeopathic products.
Why does Weleda use Magnesium Aluminium Silicate in some bodycare products?
Magnesium Aluminium Silicate is a natural clay which is dermatologically well-tolerated, and is frequently used for the production of cosmetics, e.g. as a thickening and stabilising agent. It contains aluminium in a fixed form and is chemically different to the aluminium combinations contained in deodorants. It cannot be absorbed into the skin as the molecules are too large and is therefore non toxic.
Why does Weleda use Aluminium Tubes to package the creams, gels and ointments?
Aluminium tubes protect and prevent contamination of the ingredients in Weleda creams. The tubes used are coated on the inside with a resistant lacquer which prevents interaction of the product, or the user, with the aluminium. We avoid the use of plastic tubes because some creams and ointments may be affected by an interaction between the cream (particularly those containing essential oils) and plastic.
What is the difference between the “x” and “c” potency scales?
Weleda manufactures both “x” (decimal) and “c” (centesimal) potencies.
The “x” potency scale consists of 1 part ingredient (plant/mineral substance) to 9 parts of dilution (water and alcohol). A 1x is one part ingredient to 9 parts water/alcohol. A 2x is one part of the preceding 1x and 9 parts water/alcohol, and so on.
The “c” potency scale consists of 1 part ingredient to 99 parts of dilution.