Foundation - Dr. med. Otto Greither (1867 - 1930) studied medicine at Munich University. He was licensed to practise medicine in 1892, as well as studying veterinary medicine and dentistry. A serious illness motivated Dr. med. Otto Greither to research into causes and effects of disorders in the human body.
His findings: that the secret of many types of disorder lies in digestion.
Based on this realisation, Dr. med. Greither developed his "Salus Treatment" and commissioned his Salus factory to produce the remedy. This was the beginning of an era of success which still continues today.
Dr. med. Otto Greither founded the Salus-Werk in Munich - which were initially just a couple of rooms in the Türkenstraße with a tiny workshop. Their doors were opened for business for the first time. Initially the company's range included only the products required for Dr. Greither's "Salus Treatment" Munich health tea, healing peat, healing earth, Greitherna tablets, Salus oil and the indispensable abdominal belt required for the special gymnastic exercises developed by Dr. Greither for toning the muscles and internal organs of the abdomen. During this period, the first Salus company logo comes into being: the familiar man with the shield, warding off the flying arrows of disease and illness.
Following almost 10 years of successful business activity, the time has come at last, and the company moves to its own premises. Dr. med. Otto Greither has the company's new home, an old factory building in Munich, converted to suit the special production requirements of the company. This is to be the headquarters of the Salus medicine producing company for decades to come. Also this year, the present owner of the company Salus-Haus, Otto Greither, is born.
Salus-Werk in Munich already runs 26 of its own sales and information outlets between Munich and Kiel, Essen and Breslau. There are now no less than 50 Salus sales and information outlets supplying an increasingly receptive public with the products conceived by Dr. med. Greither - in particular the Salus Treatment.
The Salus range now extends far beyond the original products of the Salus Treatment. The first Salus teas and medicinal herbs go on sale.
The original "Salus-Werk" is renamed "Salus-Haus" and the "Salus Health Centre" is opened on the Tegernsee.
On 17 December, the tremendous success enjoyed by Salus-Haus is overshadowed by the death of Dr. med. Otto Greither. His widow and experienced leading members of staff take over management of the company, following closely in the footsteps of its founder. Right up until the beginning of World War II in 1939, the company experiences outstanding growth.
In the ravages of World War II, the factory in Munich is bombed out and completely destroyed.
Dr. med. Greither's widow dies, leaving her son Otto Greither, only twenty years of age, to maintain his father's inheritance and to carry on the Salus name. So, under very difficult circumstances, Mr Greither, along with his brother Hans, and some former members of staff, work together to get a functioning natural medicine production plant in operation following its destruction during the war.
Takeover of Floradix Medicinal Products Factory in Wiesbaden, which over the course of time becomes fully integrated. For trademark protection reasons, Salus products are sold in many countries under the name of Floradix.
An important and decisive year in the history of Salus-Haus. Continually rising demand for Salus products and the development of additional new lines require an increasing workforce and more production space. The company is bursting at the seams of its production and storage facilities in Munich, a new home for the company is imperative. A suitable location is found in Bruckmühl, the present headquarters of the company - 40 kilometres south of Munich in the beautiful District of Rosenheim on the foothills of the Alps. The company with its staff of over 100 moves house. The new Salus-Haus premises are equipped with the latest that modern technology can offer - for example the first filter tea bag machine.
For the first time, Salus introduces a range of capsule preparations onto the market. The new products meet with an enthusiastic response from health-conscious consumers.
The outstanding progress enjoyed by the company in Bruckmühl is dealt a bitter blow on 14 November: A fire leaves the entire warehouse in ashes but even this hurdle is overcome by a tremendous concerted effort and commitment within a very short time.
In response to an increasing demand from consumers for trial samples, the company invests in a filling and packaging machine for tonic samples. The machine works fully automatically and is able to produce up to 40,000 samples a day.
On the occasion of the nationwide contest "Industrial and Municipal Architecture 1978" Salus-Haus is awarded a gold medal as recognition of the skilful architectural design which helps the factory blend in with its rural environment. The company's expansion continues. In October 1978, the company Dr. Dünner is acquired by purchase and is intended to develop a range of health foods and dietary preparations under supervision and control of the parent company in Bruckmühl.
A completely new product line makes its entrance at Salus-Haus: The manufacture of dry extracts. These are the starting products for the manufacture of the successful Salus tablets and capsules.
Salus-Haus continues to expand, building its own raw material warehouse for the enormous variety of medicinal herbs. The ultramodern high-bay warehouse is 12 metres high and has a total area of around 1000 m2.
The Salus-Haus specialists make it their job to take care not only of the physical health of their customers, but also their external well-being, with a range of natural herbal oils, creams and other body care products.
A dark cloud hangs over the company this year once again, as a widespread fire lays waste of a large part of the tea production hall in March 1986. The tea sorting and packaging department is particularly hard hit, and the damage incurred is valued at millions of Euros. Even after this heavy blow, all members of the Salus team pull together and work hard to get the company back on its feet. The ravaged building is cleared, emergency production sites are set up for tea filling, and packaging is carried out manually. After as little as 2 weeks, Salus is able to deliver again. In November 1986, Salus takes over Quickvital Natur-Diät-Waren GmbH, a company producing and selling dietary products for health food stores.
Completion and opening of a completely new tea production hall, built according to the very latest criteria and with everything necessary for modern, top quality tea production. Once again, great emphasis is laid on architectural design not only in compliance with the Salus corporate image, but at the same time ideally adapted to the environmental surroundings.
It is business as usual at Salus-Haus. Several new product developments meet with outstanding success in the health food market. Otto Greither is awarded the Federal Service Cross of the German Order of Merit for his success and social commitment.
The reunification of Germany makes itself felt at Salus-Haus: Many years' contact to a single health food store begin to bear fruit after the borders are opened. A market hungry for natural remedies opens its doors.
A reason for celebration! In time for its 75 year jubilee, the management is successful in buying up the company Schoenenberger in Magstadt, one of the company's main competitors in the health food market. This makes Salus one of the market leaders and biggest names in the health food manufacturing sector. Salus remain committed to their primary objective to produce high quality health care products.
The commitment of Salus to the maintenance of a healthy environment was rewarded in 1996 when Salus-Haus were the first German health food manufacturers to participate in the EC-Eco-Audit. They received an award for their environmental protection system and were commended by the environmental expert, Professor Helmut Wirner, "This company's merits are to be awarded with excellence!"
During 1997, the company Schoenenberger also becomes involved in the EC-Eco-Audit. First to be mentioned in the Environmental Guidelines are the purposeful organic cultivation methods and the environmentally friendly processing of the naturally pure medicinal plant juices.
As the company grew further, an expansion of the premises in Bruckmühl became necessary. In a newly constructed building, one of the most modern laboratories in Germany was put into operation. Furthermore, a new extraction plant started production.
Mr. Otto Greither was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit, 1st class.
At the occasion of his 75th anniversary, the owner of Salus-Haus, Mr. Otto Greither, handed over the Salus Auwald Biotope, an area of about 27.000 m2, to the public where a zoological museum is opened for visitors to learn about animals from the local region.
The company Schoenenberger celebrates their 75th anniversary. The well-proven company philosophy, "From the field into the bottle", remains valid for the production of medicinal plants and vegetable juices.
Once more, Salus-Haus invests a six-figure Euro sum into a fully automatic filling line for liquid products, combined with a new electronically controlled refuel plant.
The validation of the Eco-Audit and the award of the new EC-Eco-Signet were realised.
Salus-Haus takes over the license to distribute the products of the company Flügge.
The new warehouse is finalised and inaugurated.
Salus is celebrating its 90th company anniversary!
In July 2008, Mr. Otto Greither is awarded the Order of Merit of the State of Bavaria for his outstanding social, environmental and economic commitment.