Brand Spotlight: Salus-Haus: Plant Medicine
An Introduction to Salus – a world of health
Salus holds a world-leading position in the market for natural remedies and food supplements.
The medical doctor Otto Greither wanted to assist his fellow men and women with natural healing methods and natural alimentation for a healthy life style. Therefore, in 1916, he founded the company SALUS Haus in Munich. Today he surely would be very proud to see that his principles are still valid. So, for one century, Salus has been standing for health and wellbeing in a holistic sense. With utmost care we select the best healing herbs and ingredients according to their effectivity and compatibility, so that in the form of high quality medicinal products and food supplements, they may help people to stay healthy.
Then and now, Salus has been standing for nutrition and remedies without any preservatives, artificial flavours or genetically modified agricultural raw materials. It is our aim to process as many herbs and healing plants from organic farming as possible. Additionally, our products are particularly valuable because we do not only focus on the high quality of the products, but also invest into guaranteeing the future for the human being.
A holistic, sustainable view of the world based on natural commitment understands the human being as a part of their environment. Nature is our livelihood. Therefore we have to care about it. Natural reserves such as water, soil and fossil energies are not endlessly at hand. Permanent use without any regeneration is not possible. Sustainable behaviour is indispensable.
At Salus, environmental protection and sustainability have been a tradition for 100 years. We are proud of our achievements and consider them as an obligation to continue this tradition.
Otto Greither and Dr. Florian Block
The physician Dr. med. Otto Greither had been suffering from a severe illness for many years – until he found his own way to heal himself with his knowledge as natural scientist. With his Salus cure he laid the foundation for a comprehensive health system and created the basis of our company as manufacturer of natural medicines.
All Salus products – generally also foodstuffs – are tested according to the strict criteria of the pharmaceutical law. The products are the result of all our effort and knowledge. As a matter of principle we are against the use of genetic engineering in agriculture for food. Therefore, the products stand for environmental commitment, support of organic cultivation, sustainability, biodiversity, social responsibility and the creation of training positions.
This is what specifically distinguishes the Salus products:
- Good tolerability
- No use of genetically produced agricultural raw materials
- No use of chemical preservatives
- Only natural flavours, if flavours have to be used
- Control of raw materials in the laboratory – organic raw materials whenever possible
- Environmentally friendly production and packaging
- Packaging which protects the products and their ingredients in the best way possible
- Tea bags with knotted label threads without metal clip at the bag
- Highest herb quality due to high-tech sorting machines
Medicinal and spice herbs count among the special cultivations, i.e. they need a particular high input of work and capital. Furthermore the farmer needs to know a lot about cultivation, harvest and after-harvest procedures (e.g. drying). In Germany, more than 100 species are cultivated in noteworthy extent. Important cultures are e.g. Camomile, Fennel, Peppermint and St. John's wort.
We have been purchasing an important part of our herbal drugs (dried plant and plant parts) from organic farming in Germany for many years. In future, we wish to ensure and extend our high ratio of organic herbs, which for the tea herbs is already more than 80%. Through our work in the field of cultivation and breeding, we are able to put at the farmers disposal appropriate seeds and seedlings (e. g. of the special Salus species) as well as the respective know-how, thus contributing to the provision of high quality raw materials.
Organic cultivation is important for Salus
The basic thought of organic agriculture means operating in harmony with nature. The farm is considered to be a "complete organism" with humans, animals, plants and the soil.
"An organism is an organized natural product in which every part is reciprocally end and means", Immanuel Kant
What organic farming can achieve:
- Protection of the natural resources soil, water and air through omission of chemical-synthetic pesticides and mineral fertilizers. Weed control is realised by means of mechanic and thermic procedures.
- Increase of biodiversity: on ecologically cultivated surfaces can be found 2 to 3 times more plant species than on conventionally cultivated surfaces. The diversity of insects and birds increases obviously.
- Protection of the (cultured) landscape: the varied crop rotation contributes to a diverse landscape. Hedges, hedgerows and humid biotopes are living spaces for beneficial insects.
- Healthy and high quality food: because of the slow, healthy growth in a living soil, an optimal quality of organic food is achieved.
- Exclusion of genetically modified food: the use of genetically modified seeds or auxiliary ingredients produced through genetic engineering, are forbidden for the processing of food in organic farming.
- Reduction of feeding stuff imports from developing countries: organic farming works with closed nutrient cycles. The animals are fed with feeding stuff the farm produces by itself.
- Support of adequate animal housing: organically working farms are obliged to house their animals in an adequate way (the possibility to run around outside, straw-bedded resting areas, natural light, good climate in the stable).
- Transparency in production: the European law for labelling and control of organically produced food shall protect the consumer against false labelling.
- Renunciation from industrial livestock farming: organic farmers are obliged to keep only a low number of animals per surface and thus impede an over-fertilization and deterioration of the groundwater or contamination of the air.
- Maintenance of working places in the farming sector: the organic farming sector has an up to 60% higher need of workers. The structures for processing and marketing are often regionally characterised.
- Organic farming is sustainable agriculture which maintains natural resources, preserves and has diverse positive effects on the environment.
Our Salus species
On the Salus testing fields cultivation starts, selection and breeding are realised. Cultivation is according to the EU-Eco-Regulation No. 834/2007.
Our aims for breeding can be classified into two groups:
Pharmaceutical aims: type and quantity of active principles or characteristic ingredients.
Cultivation aims: yield, habitat adaption, technical properties or tolerances against pathogens.
As breeding methods, mostly the positive and/or negative mass selection, set-up of inbreeding-lines and crossbreeds and backcross breeds are used. Great importance has the maintenance breeding and the propagation of seeds in order to stabilize the character and the properties of a breed.
Among the healing plants we use for our products, some are rare. Some species are even protected. So, in order to protect the wild habitats of the plants and at the same time assure a sustainable provision with raw materials, for many years we have been striving for the cultivation of wild plants. Arnica and Cowslip are two successful examples.
A cultivation start is more than just the planting of wild plants or seeds on the respective fields. It is a complicated process of adaption and selection of the plants the genetic potential of which allows optimal results at the respective location.
The Salus standards for production are much higher than the legal requirements. So, all products, i.e. not only the medicinal products but also foods, food supplements and teas are produced according to the strict pharmaceutical production rules and therefore are of excellent quality. We seek to realise all production steps by ourselves in order to have the best possible control on each single step, and to achieve the highest quality.
Principally, our products are treated most carefully during each production step in order to maintain all the valuable ingredients.
The Salus own laboratory uses most modern methods of analysis for quality control of raw materials and products. It guarantees that the active ingredient contents required by the European Pharmacopoeia are met for all medicinal products of the company. Every product batch no matter whether food or medicinal product is extensively tested, partly even far beyond the legal requirements.
"Quality is the most important thing. We purchase only the best herbs and raw materials one can get, so we will be always on top", says Otto Greither, Salus managing director. "Therefore, we will continue to invest in our own research, so we can analyse everything, no matter whether cultivated by ourselves or from wild collection: it has to be analysed in the laboratory."
At Salus a team of scientists and laboratory technicians works on the market authorisations and quality controls. "The scope of analyses has changed by far during the past years", states Dr. Hagen Albert. The head of the scientific department points out that the extent of the analyses per year has increased between 2010 and 2015 from 7.000 to 11.000. "We have to have a much closer look on the samples", he explains. Environmental toxins as mycotoxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or pyrrolizidine alkaloids have come more and more into the focus of the quality assurers.