Once a pioneer, always a pioneer
WALA Heilmittel GmbH has been developing natural preparations since 1935. In the early days of its history, it was considered avant-garde and pioneering in a society that was barely even aware of natural preparations. Speedy technical solutions seemed to have ousted coherent thinking.
But this was not the case everywhere. Anthroposophical doctors were one of the main groups to enthusiastically seize upon Rudolf Hauschka’s procedure for producing natural medicines without using alcohol as a preservative. The demand for his preparations encouraged Hauschka to establish WALA in Ludwigsburg in 1935 and open subsidiaries in Vienna and London shortly afterwards. Following a ban by the National Socialists and the imprisonment of Dr. Hauschka and his future wife Dr. Margarethe Stavenhagen, WALA relocated several times before finally establishing itself in Bad Boll/Eckwälden in 1950 – where it still remains today.
Complementary skin care
For many years, Rudolf Hauschka considered launching his own skin care range to complement the medicines range – a kind of extension of the preparations to maintain healthy skin. However, his ideas only became a reality when he met Vienna-born Elisabeth Sigmund, who ordered preparations from WALA for her self-developed skin care products. The cosmetologist, who was at the time living in Stockholm, travelled to Eckwälden and worked with the medicine experts to develop recipes for facial care products that already complied with today’s standards for natural skin care products. They jointly developed solutions for stable cream bases without chemical/synthetic emulsifiers and created fragrance mixes with natural essential oils.
The first products were launched in 1967 and Elisabeth Sigmund trained the first Dr.Hauschka natural esthetician in 1971.
“When we developed these unconventional skin care products we naturally felt like rebels.” (Elisabeth Sigmund)
Dr.Hauschk Skin Care remains highly committed to the pioneering spirit of its early days: in 1999, the company launched a complete make-up range – with natural ingredients and a recipe that not only beautifies but also nourishes. In 2009, the skin care range was expanded to include medical care products – Dr.Hauschka Med.
Today, WALA has three divisions: WALA Medicines, Dr.Hauschka Skin Care and the medical care range Dr.Hauschka Med.
A valuable source of inspiration
Dr. Rudolf Hauschka was a young chemist when he met Dr. Rudolf Steiner. Thirty years his senior, Dr. Steiner gave Dr. Hauschka the advice that was to inspire him to make a groundbreaking discovery years later:
“Study rhythms – rhythm brings life.”
With Steiner’s answer in his head, Hauschka developed a procedure for preserving medicinal plant extracts without using alcohol as a preservative. He used the power of natural polarities, the rhythmic alternation of darkness and light, warmth and cold, movement and rest.
Even today, we still use this basic rhythmic procedure to produce our extracts, essences and tinctures. We rhythmically stir our base products and even rhythmically shake our preparations to prepare them for the Intensive Treatments, for example. The rhythms of the seasons also determine the work in our medicinal plant garden.
Rhythm as a form of communication
Rhythm is not an end in itself; it is also a way of contacting your own body. Like all other organisms, your body also recognises and experiences different rhythms. If we take your skin alone as an example:
Your skin renews itself every 28 days. And it behaves differently during the day and at night, when it regenerates itself.
We tailor our skin care products to these rhythms: the regular use of Dr.Hauschka products supports your skin’s regeneration rhythm, activating and stabilising it. Rich, moisturising products pamper your skin during the day while at night we recommend using non-oily products to enable your skin’s metabolic functions to work undisturbed.
But deeper rhythms, cycles and balances can also be communicated with via your skin: your lymph system, for example. The trained Dr.Hauschka estheticians understand how to stimulate the lymphs. They trigger balancing and regenerating stimuli from your head to your toes – leaving your body with a sense of harmonious vitality.
By using rhythms, we can activate our body’s natural forces.