For four decades, Erika and Jakob Zumstein have been setting off at the beginning of July with their cows on the ascent of the steep and enchanted Turnelsbachertal Valley to spend eight weeks living a simple Alpine existence at 1,900m. They spoil their guests with wild strawberry yoghurt, fir honeydew honey and spicy air-dried meat. They make their tea from dried Alpine herbs.
Keep viruses at bay for the whole year by eating fresh daisies in spring.
Every morning they fill up the big copper vat in their kitchen with the milk from their freshly milked 22 Simmental cows, who are free to graze at their leisure on the juiciest Alpine herbs. 350 to 420 litres per day, enough for three to four wheels of cheese. Also enough milk to fill up the big tub in front of the cow shed with some 300 litres of whey, which is what’s left after making cheese.
Despite soaking around 20 minutes in whey heated to a temperature in excess of 40°C, you feel cool and the bath is even said to be good for sunburn. Just what you need on a warm Alpine summer’s day.
The yellow liquid is quite something: proteins, minerals, trace elements and vitamins caress your skin, have a firming and detoxification effect, help to heal skin complaints and alleviate allergies. The gentle interplay of natural healing powers, ancient knowledge of effective treatments and new scientific findings are setting benchmarks in naturalistic wellness.