Our story

The history of Nelsons begins with the founding father of homeopathy himself.

Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy first opened their doors.

1860

Samuel Hahnemann was the founding father of homeopathy and his student, Ernst Louis Armbrecht, moved to London where he opened a homeopathic pharmacy and into practice the principles learned from his teacher.

Ernst married Charlotte Nelson in 1866 and soon after began trading as Armbrecht, Nelson & Co., later to be abbreviated to A. Nelson & Co. Thus, the Nelsons brand was born. Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy was to become the centrepiece of Nelsons' heritage and experience for over 150 years, and continues to provide the same high quality remedies, advice, expertise and service.

Dr Bach works with Nelsons to make and stock his Bachâ„¢ Original Flower Remedies.

1930

Back in the 1930s an important chapter in Nelsons' history was written when Dr Edward Bach, a doctor with a keen interest in homeopathy, approached the Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy to help him make and sell his increasingly popular Bach Original Flower Remedies and RESCUE® Remedy.

The relationship between Nelsons and The Dr Edward Bach Centre, based at Dr Bach's former home, Mount Vernon in Oxfordshire, continues to this day.

The Wilson family acquires the business.

1974

Nelsons has always been a family owned company, but tragically, the remaining descendants of the founding family were killed in an aeroplane crash in the early 1970s. Dick Wilson, who had a long-standing passion and commitment to complementary medicine, was approached to take over the company.

Production starts on Nelsons® OTC homeopathic remedies.

1981

Appreciating the increasing customer demand for homeopathic remedies, Dick pioneered the production of the first Nelsons range of over-the-counter homeopathic medicines which led to the development of a range of natural healthcare products including Arnicare®, Teetha®, H+Care®, homeopathic ClikPaks® and Formulated products.

Nelsons acquires Bach Original Flower Remedies and RESCUE® brands.

1993

Since 1991, Nelsons have been allowed exclusive use of the plants and mother tinctures to manufacture and sell Bach Original Flower Remedies and in 1993, they acquired the brand equity, which meant Nelsons were able to develop and promote the remedies and the Rescue range.

Nelsons acquires Spatone®

2003

Spatone is a food supplement that is iron rich water sourced from the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia National Park. In Victorian times, the spa water was bathed in for its healing properties, but today, it can help anyone with an iron deficiency including pregnant women.

Nelsons celebrates its 150th birthday.

2010

2010 was a year of festivities including a specially designed float at the Lord Mayor’s show, commemorative gifts, materials and event to mark the year including a visit to our factory by HRH Prince of Wales!

Launch of RESCUE PLUS®

2015

For the first time in RESCUE’s long and successful history, an exciting new range called RESCUE PLUS was launched, which include clinically proven ingredients in addition to the unique combination of RESCUE essences. The first product to be launched was RESCUE PLUS® Lozenge, closely followed by RESCUE PLUS® Effervescent, RESCUE PLUS® Sleep Gummies and most recently RESCUE PLUS® Dropper and Spray.

Nelsons helps people live happier, healthier lives

Today

Today, Nelsons is run by Dick Wilson’s sons, Robert and Patrick and Chief Executive Officer, Claire Ferguson, leading a team of some 300 committed employees. RESCUE, Bach and our range of Nelsons products are all produced in Nelsons' specialist manufacturing facility in Wimbledon, while Spatone products come from Trefriw Wells Spa in Snowdonia. Nelsons exports to over 60 countries around the world and has subsidiary offices in U.S.A., Germany and Monaco.