Based on this conviction, Dr.Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897), a naturopath and priest, created a life philosophy that sees man going about his daily habits and routines in his natural habitat as an inseparable entity. Dr.Sebastian Kneipp’s holistic approach is still of increasing relevance today.
At the age of 28, Dr.Sebastian Kneipp cured himself of a severe case of tuberculosis. At that time, the disease was usually fatal, but Kneipp came across an eighteenth-century book about hydrotherapy that inspired him to immerse himself several times a week in the icy Danube River. These brief exposures to cold water seemed to booster his immune system. His tuberculosis went into remission and so he dedicated the rest of his long life to harnessing the healing power of water, specific plants and herbs.
The years from 1855 to 1880 were a very significant period in Kneipp’s life. His success in healing himself motivated him to combine and extend his tried and tested water treatments. This he did by observing and carrying out numerous tests on himself and his patients in order to create a successful preventative and curative concept with constantly improved and refined methods. His treatments included cold rinses, water stepping, hot and cold half and full baths, contrast baths as well as hot and cold wet packs and compresses.
Advanced in years, Dr.Sebastian Kneipp became friends and close partners with a Würzburg pharmacist who shared his conviction using naturopathic medicine and healing remedies. Using natural plant essences and other pure ingredients as a base, they created the formulas that still, to this day, constitute the basis for many of our products.
In 1891, Dr.Sebastian Kneipp entrusted his friend and fellow pharmacist with the legacy of his lifelong studies by granting him the exclusive right to develop, produce, and sell products “under the name and with the image of Father Dr.Sebastian Kneipp“. This contract formed the foundation for the Kneipp Group of today.
Dr.Sebastian Kneipp died in Bad Wörishofen on 17 June 1897 at the age of 76. At the time, together with Emperor Wilhelm II and Bismarck he was one of the three most famous people in the German empire.
"Nature has provided us generously with everything we need to remain
in good health."
- Dr.Sebastian Kneipp
The Kneipp’s 5 pillars to a healthy life:
WATER - is an ideal conductor of heat and cold and as such forms the core of the famous "kneipp-Kur". practiced at home, the alternating hot and cold water showers will stimulate your circulatIon and get your body's immune defense system in top form.
PLANTS - The theory of the healing effect of specially selected herbs and plants is the result of thousands of years of experience. Kneipp has always set great store by high concentrations of natural plant extracts in it's formula and products for your health.
EXERCISE - Regular physical exercise (preferably outdoors) without the pressure of competition noticeable improves your general sense of well-being. It revitalizes the entire organism and strengthens the body's natural immune defenses.
NUTRITION - A balanced diet is the foundation of a healthy and active life. This does not mean following diets and nutrition plans but rather consciously enjoying a varied and balanced diet.
A balanced lifestyle - the basis for a healthy, active, and satisfying life. water , plants exercise and nutrition: Each of these elements contributes uniquely to your health and enjoyment of life. yet, according to Dr.sebastian Kneipp, it is the interaction of all four elements that keeps the body and spirit in equiLlibirium.