Green herbs By Urs Geiser, Christoph Balsiger Environment Health ... Print comment The scent of nature: Sonya Ruegg works with some 60 different plants and herbs on her farm. She relies on old recipes and their medicinal value. Ruegg learned the basics from her mother, who grew up in the Bernese Oberland, and then continued to teach herself. Crystals and gentle music create a relaxing mood in the office. Swissherbs offers ointments, oils, jams and spices. Thyme and bay leaves. Ruegg's business logo combines the wide-open rural spaces of South Africa, or veld, with the Swiss Alps. Drying garlic. Paper sacks catch the seeds. So-called elephant popcorn from a South African tree. The farm includes 8.5 hectares of land. With her medicinal training, Ruegg is also active as a healer. Acupuncture in an open field: the glasses generate positive energy and direct it to the plants, Ruegg says. Subtle beauty can be found all around the farm. Water comes from the farm's own well and is collected in a reservoir. The site is built on a former orange grove. These plants smell of animals and keep fruit flies away from the peach trees. Conditions of the southern climate. Poinsettias explode against the deep African sky. Dandelion tea, reportedly good for indigestion and even arthritis. Sonya Ruegg is one of a few organic farmers in South Africa.Ten years ago Sonya Ruegg started a family business, swissherbs, and sells her goods to local markets namely in Johannesburg. (Bilder: Christoph Balsiger; Text: Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch) Links Swiss Herbs World Cup, South Africa and Switzerland Neuer Inhalt Horizontal Line subscription form Form for signing up for free newsletter. Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox. Email address Top stories (weekly) Latest news (daily) Business (weekly) Politics (weekly) Society (weekly) Fintech (monthly) Click here to see more newsletters swissinfo EN The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. swissinfo.ch Join us on Facebook!