The FAQ page contains answers to frequently asked questions and key information about our products.

Most Ricola drops are sugar-free, so we can offer consumers lower calorie products that are tooth-friendly.
To ensure the drops still have a sweet flavor, they contain sweeteners. We initially used aspartame, sucralose and acesulfame-K in our products. However, we are now gradually replacing these sweeteners with steviol glycosides, which are extracted from stevia plants.
Ricola also produces drops with sugar (and therefore without sweeteners), for example the Ricola original herb drop.

The herbs for Ricola products are cultivated using natural methods. However, not all Ricola herb farmers have Bio Suisse certification. To meet the strict Bio Suisse guidelines, a farm must use organic methods in all areas (cereals, fruit production, animal husbandry, etc.) More than two thirds of Ricola herb farmers already meet the Bio Suisse requirements.

Some of our products are not suitable for vegans as they contain honey. This is always listed in the ingredients on the packaging. For products without honey, we do not use any animal derived ingredients. While our suppliers guarantee that their finished products do not contain any residues of animal derived ingredients, they cannot guarantee that their process is completely free of animal derived processing aids. This due to issues of confidentiality.

Ricola herb specialties are generally suitable for vegetarians. Some of our products contain substances that are not suitable for all categories of vegetarianism. The list of ingredients on the pack contains full details of all substances.

All our products use the proven Ricola blend of 13 herbs and contain essential oils as natural flavorings. Homeopathic doctors state that intensive aromas and flavors (e.g. essential oils) will inhibit the effect of homeopathic remedies. Therefore, Ricola herb products should not be enjoyed immediately before or after taking homeopathic remedies.

All Ricola products are considered gluten free under the Codex Standard and are therefore suited for persons with gluten intolerance.

All Ricola products are considered lactose free under the Swiss Foodstuff Ordinance and are suitable for persons with lactose intolerance.

We have no direct sales or factory sales outlets open to individuals for retail purposes. Our Ricola herb products are only available to purchase through our recognized sales partners.

Our sales partners only sell products to the wholesale trade in the relevant country and have no direct retail outlets.

Our advertising strategy is restricted to our activities primarily through TV advertising, radio, posters, the Internet, etc. Therefore, we only agree sponsoring commitments that are 100% in keeping with our brand values and are part of a fixed budget. The only exceptions are associations and events located in the vicinity of our company headquarters in Laufen (BL).

Due to the overwhelming number of requests we receive in connection with tombolas, club events, private celebrations, etc., unfortunately it is not possible for us to provide free samples and/or advertising materials for every occasion.

Ricola herb drops are sensitive to moisture. If they are incorrectly stored, or after the pack is opened, moisture can cause the drops to crystallize on the surface. This is indicated by a milky or dull color. Heavy crystallization changes the surface significantly and may cause cracks to appear. This is accompanied by an almost complete loss of flavor. Ricola herb drops that appear milky or dull can still be enjoyed until the "best-before" date. We recommend storing Ricola products in a cool, dry place (not in the refrigerator) and consuming the herb drops soon after the pack is opened.

As Ricola is primarily a production facility, we adhere to strict hygiene regulations in accordance with Swissmedic. Allowing tours of the facility would require us to implement the necessary precautionary measures and spatial adjustments. For this reason, factory tours are exclusively available to Ricola’s business partners, and only on a highly restricted basis.

Our herb gardens, however, are open to the public. We offer tours of the Nenzlingen herb garden and exclusive tours of our herb center. You can find all the necessary registration information here.