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Not too many people know this about me, but I used to be a farmer. The hard-core, fifth generation farmers whom I worked for would consider me more of a “hobby” farmer because the novelty of it wore off after a few years, but they would never deny my dedication to the hard work I put into helping them manage their large organic/biodynamic dairy farm. Biodynamic farming is a fascinating way to farm, and is based upon many interesting principles including the fermentation of the natural fertilizers and the use of natural ingredients such as milk and honey for pest control. 

This month I received Weleda’s Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion for review. Upon doing my initial research into Weleda’s company and the ingredients they use, I was surprised to discover that this company uses over 300 biodynamic ingredients in their skincare line. The Body Lotion I tested not only includes biodynamic ingredients, but also contains Sea Buckthorn Oil, which is also amazing. 

A little background on Biodynamics and the wonderful company known as Weleda. It all goes back to 1921 and something called anthroposophy. This movement, stemming from the teachings of philosopher Dr. Rudolf Steiner, encourages the individual to see his or her body, mind and spirit as intrinsically linked to our world; all part of one holistic system. Steiner, along with Dr. Ita Wegman, formed a team of scientists and doctors to figure out just how they might use this philosophy to take care of their patients’ needs. It was understood that the human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself, but sometimes it needs a little help. So a personal approach was developed using natural ingredients that can holistically work with and support the body’s healing tendencies. They started by creating one of the world’s first Biodynamic® gardens to grow what they needed.  Patients were healed, wellness and balance were restored to them, and never once was a synthetic chemical or lab-made preservative used in the process. These amazing scientists were the founders of the company known as Weleda. The name Weleda was chosen after the the Celtic goddess of wisdom and healing, which couldn’t be more appropriate. 

Weleda Replenishing Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion 8.5.13

These Biodynamic principles go into the farming techniques of many of the ingredients used in Weleda’s product lines. Weleda also uses many wonderful natural ingredients in their formulations. Seabuckthorn is the active in their replenishing Body Lotion, and its story is also an amazing one. The berries of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) are so rich in vitamins and nutrients that it has been speculated that the plant must have been cultivated by some ancient plant-breeder. Legend tells how the ancient Greeks used Sea Buckthorn leaf in a diet for race horses, hence it's botanical name "Hippophae" - shiny horse. According to another legend, Sea Buckthorn leaves were the preferable food of flying horse - Pegasus and allegedly was helpful to get Pagasus airborn. 

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