Growing sage in your garden: a herbal expert’s tips and tricks.

Growing sage in your garden: a herbal expert’s tips and tricks

Fabian Bernhardsgrütter is our RAUSCH herb garden expert. The landscape gardening specialist has tended our garden in Kreuzlingen for over 20 years. He knows exactly what each herb needs to achieve its full potential and the perfect time to harvest every single one.


Fabian, why do you think sage is an indispensable plant for any garden?

Sage is an extremely versatile herb, particularly when it comes to its medicinal benefits. As the name even suggests: ‘salvia’ comes from the Latin ‘salve’, meaning ‘to heal’. Its healing properties range from anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects to offering relief from cramps, excessive perspiration and digestive problems.

Traditionally, women have also used it to relieve period symptoms and to ease the weaning process and reduce milk supply. Its extraordinary aroma also makes it perfect for Mediterranean cooking. It’s a must-have in every kitchen and garden.

Fabian, der Gärtner des RAUSCH Gartens in Kreuzlingen, weiss wie man Salbei am besten pflegt.

Fabian, the gardener at the RAUSCH herb garden in Kreuzlingen, knows exactly how best to care for sage.


How should I look after my sage plant?

To make sure we meet the plants’ needs properly, it’s important to remember that sage originally comes from the Mediterranean. That means it likes to live in the sunniest possible spots. Nutrient-rich, permeable soil is important – so the soil should be fertilised with compost once a year.

As with all Mediterranean plants, sage should be pruned back in spring, i.e. late March or early April, to make it less sensitive to frost. However, sage can stay outdoors all year round, as long it’s sheltered from harsh, cold winds, for instance, by being placed against a wall.

The best time to pick the leaves is from May to August, before the plant begins to bloom. Not many people know this, but a sage plant in full bloom is actually a bad sign. It indicates a lack of nutrients and that the plant will die soon. Although the flowers are lovely to look at, we gardeners don’t like to see them.

Tut bei Halsweh und Erkältungen gut: Eine Tasse frischer Salbeitee.

We want the sage plant to keep its power in its leaves – after all, they’re the reason for its unmistakable aroma and effects. If you fertilise it thoroughly each year, a single sage bush can bring you joy for many years to come. Left unfertilised, it will need to be replaced every four years at least.


How can I use sage?

I like to use sage when I have a bit of a sore throat. Putting a fresh sage leaf in my mouth eases symptoms and lets me go about my business with confidence. Drinking or gargling sage leaf tea also has a soothing effect. Chewing sage leaves relieves bleeding and inflamed gums.

I recommend drying sage leaves so you can enjoy sage tea from your own garden all year round. Simply spread the leaves out on some newspaper and leave to dry at 21–27°C for around 10 days. Store them in a properly sealed container, away from bright light. The sage leaves will retain their effect for up to a year.

How to take care of blonde hair properly

Although advertising would lead us to believe that blondes have more fun, the fact remains that despite its popularity, blonde hair requires extra care and attention. We reveal what you can do to make the shine of your favourite hair colour last even longer – and have everyone believing you’re fresh out of the salon.


Dying hair blonde causes damage.

Hair is particularly prone to brittleness and porosity when it has been chemically dyed blonde. It’s therefore no surprise that the lightening process is extremely stressful on hair. Bleach is used to dye hair blonde, which removes the original colour pigments.

During this lightening process, the hair commonly goes through shades of red, orange and yellow before the desired tone is achieved – ideally, a radiant shade of blonde.


What causes the yellow discolouration in blonde hair?

If the lightening process is stopped too soon, the remaining colour pigments will cause an undesired yellow hue. Heat, salt water and chlorinated water can enhance this effect. Freshly coloured blonde hair and greying hair are particularly affected.

But even if everything is done right during the lightening process, blonde and grey hair tend to develop a yellow hue over time. This occurs mainly once the cool toner from the colouring has washed out.

Daily hair washing can also be the reason behind brassiness, as harsh tap water contains minerals and metals that can affect the colour’s tone.

Goodbye yellow hues!

And how do I get rid of any undesired yellow hues? The easiest way to remove a slight yellow hue and restore a cool blonde tone is to use a silver shampoo such as our Sage SILVER-SHINE SHAMPOO. This contains purple pigments that neutralise yellow discolouration.

The corresponding rinse conditioner complements this and enhances the anti-yellow effect. It also strengthens the hair, and makes it supple and easier to comb.


Plant-based keratin for intensive protection.

The chemical lightening process typically causes a lot of damage to the hair, stripping it of moisture and leaving it dry and brittle. Using a nourishing product at least once a week that deeply penetrates the hair, rebuilds its structure and keeps it healthy can help with this.

We recommend our Sage SILVER-SHINE TREATMENT. Thanks to plant-based keratin, it repairs the hair’s structure from the inside out, helps combat breakage and protects it from external influences.

Plant-based keratin is a microprotein based on purely plant-based protein building blocks. It penetrates through the cuticle deep into the fibre, where it replenishes the hair with missing proteins. This minimises the effects of stress factors such as bleaching, styling and environmental influences, reduces hair damage and prevents premature hair ageing.

This combination of intensive nourishment and anti-yellow effect is unique and the reason why we love our purple line so much. Our Sage SILVER-SHINE SHAMPOO and RINSE CONDITIONER also contain plant-based keratin.


Added protection against heat.

To protect your blonde hair, you should try to avoid any type of heat stress such as from straightening, blow drying or direct sunlight. Wear a hat in summer or use a UV protection product designed for hair.

Expert tip: apply the Sage SILVER-SHINE TREATMENT to wet hair and wrap it up in a towel to give your hair intensive nourishment while you sunbathe. Don’t forget to rinse thoroughly afterwards.


My personal care routine.

For some added self-care in your daily routine, we recommend pampering yourself with a head massage. Our Sage SILVER-SHINE HAIR TONIC has been specially developed for dyed blonde and grey hair.

Regularly massaging the head promotes strong and healthy hair. With Swiss sage oil and naturally pure extracts of nettle, ribwort plantain, oak bark, tobacco and houseleek to refresh the scalp and keep it strong.



Our care for a cool blonde tone.


DIY sage deodorant – how to make it!

Thanks to its cooling and antibacterial effects, sage is the perfect herb for hot summer days. We like to take advantage of these properties and make our own sage deodorant.


Kräuterkeller, a herb blog run by our neighbours in Singen, shows how you can easily make a natural alternative to conventional deodorant with just three ingredients.

Application: after showering or taking a bath, apply the DIY deodorant to the armpits and rub in. You can also use it to freshen up and cool down throughout the day.

Important: the deodorant is ideal for those who only experience light to normal sweating. If you have previously used deodorants containing aluminium, you may notice an unfamiliar sweaty odour when making the switch. This is where you have to persist! It takes a few days for the body to regulate its sweat production.

A partnership in good times and in bad

RAUSCH AG KREUZLINGEN helps those affected by the explosion in Beirut.

On 4 August 2020, a devastating explosion in the port of Beirut destroyed a large part of the city. Over 300,000 people became homeless in the blink of an eye. They lost their homes, all of their possessions, and some of them also lost their loved ones. RAUSCH Export Manager Robert Kahn knows Beirut well. He visited the city for the last time one year ago, on 17/10/2019, just as unrest was beginning to spread. He was there to discuss the marketing strategy for RAUSCH products in Lebanon with local sales partners.

Upon hearing the news of the disaster, Robert immediately contacted the sales partners at the Food & Drug Corporation (FDC) to ask how they were. The company itself had not been impacted, but members of its staff had lost relatives in the event. Deeply affected, Robert offered his support. In consultation with RAUSCH management and FDC, 24,000 bottles of RAUSCH shampoo were sent to Beirut in a shipping container. An aid package was assembled along with the help of other supporters. This was distributed directly and without unnecessary bureaucracy to the people affected.


Here at RAUSCH, we do not want to abandon the people of Beirut and are working together to provide vital support.

Surfactants: how to protect your skin.

What are surfactants?

Surfactants are so-called ‘cleansing’ substances and are among the most widely used chemical compounds in homes. They ensure that dirt particles can be removed from laundry, skin, dishes and other surfaces. Surfactants are effective because they are able to bind water-insoluble, lipid-containing (oily) soiling to the water molecules, enabling the soiling to be washed away. To ensure thorough cleansing, surfactants thus play an indispensable role in many cosmetic products such as shampoos, shower gels, creams and make-up products. However, surfactants are effective to varying degrees. It is worth making a conscious decision when selecting cleansing products.


Why are surfactants the subject of criticism?

Some surfactants have a particularly high cleansing power, but with the effect that they can also attack the natural protective acid mantle of the skin. The skin becomes more permeable to foreign particles and sometimes reacts in the form of dry and scaly areas. Mucous membranes can also react sensitively; the well-known stinging in the eyes is a typical symptom. With cosmetic products in particular, it is therefore important to use products with mild surfactants to avoid irritating the skin. How do you recognise such products? As a general rule, a product contains more aggressive surfactants if it produces a large amount of foam; sugar and coconut-based surfactants foam less but are also milder on the skin.


Which surfactants are used in RAUSCH products?

At RAUSCH, we use selected, particularly mild surfactants made from renewable raw materials. These are ideal for the cleansing and care of the hair and scalp.


Panama bark extract

(Quillaja saponaria extract) contains a high level of saponins, oxalic acid, quillaic acid, bitter compounds and starch. It is a natural cleansing substance obtained by RAUSCH's in-house extraction process.


Sodium laureth sulphate

A high quality, mild surfactant produced on the basis of Mass Balance* palm kernel oil (Elaeis guineensis L.) and coconut oil (Cocos nucifera L.), with a high content of saturated fatty acids such as lauric acid (44%), myristic acid (17%) and palmitic acid (8%). A gentle anionic cleansing substance. Should not be confused with sodium lauryl sulphate, an aggressive surfactant especially unsuitable for sensitive skin.


Sugar surfactant

(Lauryl glucoside) is produced on the basis of corn starch (Zea mays L.) and coconut oil (Cocos nucifera L.). An especially mild non-ionic cleansing substance.


* As a committed member of the ‘Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil’ (RSPO), we use only Mass Balance-certified lauryl ether sulphate (INCI: sodium laureth sulphate). In doing so, we directly support the sustainable cultivation of certified palm and palm kernel oil. Thanks to our strong ties to selected raw material suppliers, maintaining an ongoing dialogue and an insistence on sustainable sources, we have succeeded in achieving a new standard in this respect.



I’m a fan of the RAUSCH brand

This interview by Thomas Griesser appeared in the St. Galler Tagblatt newspaper on 13 October 2020.


You have been Delegate of the Board of Directors of RAUSCH AG KREUZLINGEN for three years. Now you’re taking on the job of interim CEO. Why?

Rolf G. Schmid: I’m a fan of this brand, I like the products. In my three years with the brand, I’ve come to know the Baumann family, which owns the company, quite well. Marco Baumann left the Board of Directors in the spring and, following the departure of CEO Lucas Baumann, the family and the company are now in a position where they need support. And I’m happy to help them.


You jumped in once before as interim CEO at textile finishers Cilander in Herisau in Eastern Switzerland, where you are Chairman of the Board.

That was 18 months ago, when Vincenzo Montinaro resigned as CEO. I took over for about six months until his successor Burghard Schneider assumed office, and that worked well.


RAUSCH is emphasising your experience in the consumer goods industry gained over 20 years as the former CEO of the Mammut Sports Group, which operates in the mountain sports sector. But outdoor goods have precious little to do with hair care products. How is that going to work?

Well, Mammut sells caps that cover your head and your hair (laughs). But you’re right, they don’t have much in common. Nor am I a product expert. But I don’t need to be. That’s why we have plenty of experienced staff at RAUSCH who’ve been with the company for many years. It’s my job to know the situation, the sales channels and the customers – and I do.


Why does RAUSCH need an interim solution, and why is no immediate successor in place for former CEO Lucas Baumann?

It’s not always easy to find the right candidate. Lucas Baumann wants a career change and we aren’t ready just yet. But with me we have an interim solution, and it’s not as if I’m new to the company. As Delegate of the Board of Directors, I’ve also been able to gain a pretty good overview of the company’s business operations.


How long do you expect your commitment as interim CEO to last?

We have launched a professional search process. It could take a while, but we may also strike it lucky. I’ll stay for as long as I’m needed. After that, I’ll go back to focusing on my appointment as Delegate of the Board of Directors at RAUSCH.


RAUSCH is expecting the manager appointed to deliver further professionalisation. Where exactly?

First, in digitalisation. We want to digitalise processes and make execution faster and more efficient. And we still have plenty of potential when it comes to automating production. We then also need to look at the internet as an additional sales channel. We’re not only thinking about our own online store, but also about our retail partners, who are selling more and more online. To do this, they will need other sorts of information, videos for social media channels, and so on.


Where else can RAUSCH improve?

Sustainability. There’s still quite a lot more we can do, for instance with regard to packaging and the manufacturing process, though I wouldn’t talk primarily about improving because our products are already very near-natural. But the needs of our customers are changing, and we need to change with them. Thanks to our development department, we are very well positioned to do just that.


What other skills will the new boss have to bring with them?

Leadership experience in an SME, preferably in a family-owned SME, as they have a different mentality than companies with anonymous owners. Ideally, they should have a certain affinity with the cosmetics market or at least the consumer goods industry in general. The new CEO also needs to speak German and have a distinctly Swiss character. They will also need to respect and drive forward RAUSCH’s values and culture, and the way it treats its employees.


Revenue has risen in recent years, but margins have remained under pressure. What steps is RAUSCH taking to counter this trend?

The fact that margins are under pressure is an industry-specific phenomenon. Wholesalers are exerting pressure and prices are trending down. That’s why we want to leverage optimised processes and increased automation to become more efficient and produce larger series.


And where do you want to sell them?

Increasingly in exports. Exports already account for well over 50%, but we still think there is a lot more potential abroad. We are on the ball when it comes to things like ‘Swissness’ and sustainability, and this can score us plus points.


RAUSCH developed a sanitiser in next to no time after the onset of the coronavirus crisis. Why did you stop?

We developed it and brought it to market at a time when sanitisers were a scarce commodity. We already had stocks of alcohol – the raw material needed – and we wanted to play our part in alleviating the shortage. But the situation has calmed down again. We had always planned to do it for a limited time only.


How has RAUSCH weathered the coronavirus crisis so far?

Very well. We were lucky that our primary sales channels, such as pharmacies, specialist retailers and Coop, stayed open the entire time. We didn’t record any substantial slowdown, and 2020 is likely to be a normal year, with revenue more or less in line with the previous year.


Do you use RAUSCH shampoo yourself?

Of course.


And do you still kit up with gear from Mammut for mountain hikes, even though you left them in 2016 due to a dispute with the Board of Directors?

I didn’t leave because of any dispute. We simply had differences of opinion in the Board of Directors about the company’s vision and future strategy. But a good product is still a good product, even if you’re no longer with the company. That’s why I still have Mammut products among my equipment, although not exclusively. I also use outdoor goods from Fjällräven, the Swedish brand with the red fox.


Because you’re a member of the Board of Directors of the parent company Fenix Outdoor?

Exactly. And because they’re good products.


Rolf G. Schmid (61) was CEO of Swiss-based Mammut Sports Group for 20 years until he left the Board of Directors by mutual agreement in 2016. Schmid has held a range of board positions since then. He chairs the supervisory body of textile finishers Cilander in Herisau and sits on the boards of directors of Mobiliar, Mobility and Fenix, which combines several outdoor brands under its umbrella. He has been Delegate of the Board of Directors of RAUSCH AG KREUZLINGEN since 2017.