Source of Health uses vegetable glycerine for flavour

Source of Health uses vegetable glycerine for flavour

Source of Health offers a range of herbal remedies inspired by traditional African medicine. These products can be used to treat a variety of symptoms, illnesses and ailment and are carefully formulated from 100% natural ingredients. Usually, these herbal remedies taste bitter and unpleasant, but Source of Health products have a sweet flavour due to our unique formulation.

We use vegetable glycerine to give our herbal remedies a honey-like flavour. Unlike sugar, vegetable glycerine is safe for diabetics and has a very low effect on blood sugar levels due to its low GI value. All of our products are also free of alcohol, preservatives, herbicides and pesticides, making them safe for everyone.

What is vegetable glycerine?

Vegetable glycerine, also called glycerol, is a clear liquid made from soybeans, coconut or palm oil. It is odourless and has a thick, syrup-like consistency as it is a sugar alcohol. It is sweet and can be used in a variety of ways. The substance has many health benefits, both internal and external, making it an ideal addition to our African medicines.

Vegetable glycerine is made by heating triglyceride-rich vegetable fats under pressure. This causes the glycerine to split from the fatty acids and mix with water in the solution. This creates the colourless, odourless, sweet syrup that we know as vegetable glycerine. It is particularly popular in the cosmetics industry as it has beneficial properties for the skin. 

However, it is also popular as a natural sweetener in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Vegetable glycerine can be used to strengthen the gut and improve digestion, as well as improve hydration. This helps to make a consumer feel healthier and more energetic. Glycerine is a common ingredient in pharmaceutical drugs, including heart medications, suppositories, cough syrups and anesthetics.

Health benefits of vegetable glycerine

This all-natural product has various health benefits. Studies are limited but the results suggest that this substance is good for the following purposes:

  • Skin moisturiser – Vegetable glycerine is a popular skincare product because it helps to lock moisture into the skin, thereby smoothing and softening the skin. Adding this substance to a warm bath can help to relieve skin dryness and irritation.
  • Wound healer – This natural substance is a well-known wound healer due to its antiseptic properties. It prevents the growth and spread of bacteria in wounds and can also be used to treat mouth ulcers.
  • Relieves constipation – Vegetable glycerine may help to relieve constipation and stomach cramps. It helps with water absorption in the gut, which has a laxative effect and promotes the movement of food through the stomach and intestines. For this reason, it is often used as a suppository.
  • Boost hydration – This substance helps to prevent dehydration and sweat loss. It is a natural water absorber and should be taken before physical activity and vigorous exercise. Drink plenty of water when exerting yourself to prevent dehydration and boost athletic performance.

These are some of the health benefits of vegetable glycerine. Source of Health uses the substance as a natural sweetener that is safe for diabetics. It makes our products taste sweet and helps to mask some of the bitter flavours of the plants used in our herbal remedies. 

Our 100% natural products are herbal concentrates and last up to 20 days, for R185, making them a cost-effective option in the traditional African medicine industry.


To learn more about African medicines and traditional plant-based remedies, please do not hesitate to contact us. Source of Health is a manufacturer of Traditional African Medicines under the brand Isiphethu Sempilo. We use biomedicine processes to create herbal remedies, combined with scientific methods to ensure the finest quality and trustworthy herbal extracts.

Source of Health offers a range of herbal products that are effective as natural remedies for pain, depression, illnesses and more. The use of medicinal plants as part of traditional African healthcare is one of the oldest and most assorted of all therapeutic systems. It has been used through the ages to maintain health, as well as to prevent, diagnose, improve or treat physical and mental illnesses.

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Disclaimer: This medicine has not been evaluated by SAHPRA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. These plants have been used in various cultures for many years, by traditional healers, to treat certain ailments.


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