60 years of innovation in plant-based health

1958-2018 ORTIS: 60ans

1958 - 2018
Laboratoires ORTIS is celebrating its 60th anniversary

As a pioneer of herbal medicine, ORTIS has set itself the goal of sustainably improving human well-being by developing and marketing safe and effective high-quality food supplements.

Inspired by its founders, the Horn family, ORTIS has developed a genuine social commitment shared by the 125 company employees. This commitment, based on respect and harmony between humans and nature, has been a continuous and permanent objective for many decades.

The history of ORTIS is closely linked to innovation, for instance, with the development of liquid royal jelly in 1958, and the development of the first ORGANIC tablet coating in 2008. In 2018, innovation still remains a powerful driving force for development at ORTIS, with the launch of new products, but also through various partnerships with the Walloon Region and other companies working with ORTIS on different established research projects.

"Herba Sana near you"

Spread throughout Belgium

On its 60th anniversary, ORTIS decided to launch the "Herba Sana near you" project, by working with partners to design local medicinal gardens based on the “Herba Sana” garden in Elsenborn.

The aim of the "Herba Sana near you" project was to raise awareness, among a broad audience, of the benefits of nature in general, and medicinal plants in particular. Moreover, owing to its educational aspect (conferences, workshops, etc.), it allows participants to create their own medicinal garden “at home”. Each "Herba Sana near you!" garden comprises 25 essential plants for key therapeutic indications identified by plaques displayed next to the plants. Visitors are also given an information brochure on the garden, and further information is available on www.herba-sana.be

The first "Herba Sana near you” gardens

The "Herba Sana near you" gardens are developed with partners and created on site. Four gardens are being inaugurated this summer in 2018.

  • Le Château de HEX

    Château de Hex

    This château is owned by the d’Ursel family. The "Herba Sana near you!" garden completes the development of the estate.

  • L'Hôpital Notre Dame à la Rose

    Hôpital Notre-Dame à la Rose

    This magnificently preserved and restored historical site, completes the recent development of its parks and vegetable garden, with "Herba Sana near you".



    Landscaped adjacent to a road, "Herba Sana near you!" can be discovered easily by walkers as well as nature enthusiasts.

  • La prison de Marche-en-Famenne

    The prison of Marche-en-Famenne

    "Herba Sana near you" settled in the kitchen garden of the prison, allowing prisoners to become aware of the benefits of medicinal plants

Three new gardens "Herba Sana near you" will be inaugurated this year.

  • La mûreraie of Jean-Noël Wagner

    La mûreraie of Jean-Noël Wagner

    In order to transmit his love for the terroir and his ancestral heritage to the general public in an innovative way, the orchard of Jean-Noël Wagner will welcome for this purpose the 25 medicinal plants of "Herba Sana near you".

  • Le parc des Topiaires

    Le parc des Topiaires

    "Herba Sana near you" completes this unique park in Europe consisting of a collection of boxwood carved on more than 10 000m².
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  • La maison de repos Katarinenstift

    The nursing home Katarinenstift

    "The garden of the senses" of this retirement home and care for the awakening of the senses of its residents is enriched by the 25 medicinal plants of our garden "Herba Sana near you".

Here are the 25 essential medicinal plants selected with the expertise of ORTIS, to help you create at home also a Garden of Health!

Achillea millefolium « Système

Achillea millefolium

Foeniculum vulgare Système digestif - intestins

Foeniculum vulgare

Zingiber officinale « Système

Zingiber officinale

Ruscus aculeatus Système circulatatoir - artères

Butcher's broom
Ruscus aculeatus

Betula pendula Elimination - drainage

Betula pubescens
Betula pendula

Curcuma longa « Système

Curcuma longa

Humulus lupulus « Système

Humulus lupulus

Rheum palmatum Système digestif - intestins

Chinese Rhubarb
Rheum palmatum

Matricaria recutita « Système

Matricaria recutita

Silybum marianum « Système

Milk thistle
Silybum marianum

Melissa officinalis « Système

Lemon balm
Melissa officinalis

Mentha x piperita « Système

Mentha x piperita

Hypericum perforatum « Système

St. John's Wort
Hypericum perforatum

Echinacea purpurea « Système

Purple coneflower
Echinacea purpurea

Urtica dioica Elimination - drainage

Urtica dioica

Viola tricolor « Système

Wild pansy
Viola tricolor

Taraxacum officinale « Système

Taraxacum officinale

Equisetum arvense « Système

Equisetum arvense

Filipendula ulmaria « Système

Filipendula ulmaria

Rosmarinus officinalis « Système

Rosmarinus officinalis

Salix alba « Système

Salix alba

Sambucus nigra « Système

Sambucus nigra

Thymus vulgaris « Système

Wild thyme
Thymus vulgaris

Gentiana lutea « Système

Gentiana lutea

Vitis vinifera « Système

Red vine
Vitis vinifera