The Marvelous Swiss Oil

Switzerland has many natural resources, among them the rich variety of flora that grows in the lush valleys, by the crystal clear lakes and in the pristine mountains. Given such an abundance of medicinal plants, it is not surprising that Swiss herbalists and botanists are renowned throughout the world for their skill in using natural herbal oils and essences to promote well-being.

Olbas is a remedy that has been carefully developed from this wealth of experience and knowledge.

It was here in Switzerland, over 100 years ago, that these herbalists and botanists developed a blend of pure essentials oils that came to be known as Olbas Oil. The name OLBAS is an acronym for Oleum Basileum, “Oil from Basel”. Basel is nestled on the border of Switzerland, Germany and France in the very heart of Europe, and to this day is a center of pharmaceutical research in Switzerland.

Switzerland_Valley_2Over the years, Olbas has found its way into the far reaches of the earth. From England to Australia, from South Africa to Sweden, Olbas is truly a favorite international remedy.

In the United States, Olbas has been available since the 1940’s. Initially, it was imported into the USA by Mrs. Heidi Ritter, a kindly woman of German decent, who lived in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. She provided Olbas Remedies to many in the midwest and throughout the United States.

In 1975, Mrs. Ritter turned over the importing of Olbas to Penn Herb Company Ltd. in Philadelphia, PA. Since that time, Penn Herb Company Ltd. has greatly expanded the distribution of Olbas Remedies in the United States, making it available in fine health food and specialty stores, selected drugstores, online retailers, as well as food stores.

The Olbas line now includes a variety of remedies, each formulated in a special way to provide comforting relief.


Historically, Olbas has been used for a wide variety of common ailments. Physicians have used Olbas in their practices for decades.  We regularly receive many reviews about Olbas use, and you are welcome to read these here.