Suggested products for breathing and chest problems

Suggested products for breathing and chest problems

Seasonal influenza and common colds are more prevalent in the winter months, but they can strike at any time throughout the year. Having a strong chest and healthy airway is the best way to protect the body from these viruses and illnesses. Traditional herbal remedies are a great way to improve breathing and support the chest before sickness strikes.

Source of Health has numerous products available, under the Isiphethu Sempilo brand, to improve breathing and chest health. These herbal remedies can be used to prepare the body for seasonal illnesses or boost recovery time. They are effective against common colds, flu, pneumonia, coughs, asthma and other chest-related breathing issues.

Source of Health products for breathing support

We suggest trying our Clear Lungs remedy to boost chest health. This herbal medicine contains African ginger, African wormwood, Pepper-bark tree and Alepidea. These plants are natural remedies for asthma, colds, coughs, flu and fevers – making Clear Lungs an effective product to treat heavy coughs and breathing problems.

The next suggested product is our Anti-bacterial remedy which contains natural antioxidants. This product supports the body with bacterial and viral infections, common in seasonal illnesses, such as influenza and colds. It contains African potato, Honeybush, Rooibos and propolis extract from beehives.   

Another product that supports breathing is our Anti-inflammation remedy. This product contains African ginger, Devil’s claw, ginger and turmeric – all of which have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce chest pain. This remedy should be taken to ease coughs, chest infections, throat infections and pain associated with breathing illnesses.

We also suggest trying our Immunity remedy, which can boost the immune system before a chest infection or other illness strikes. This herbal medicine can prevent viral, fungal and bacterial microbes from spreading throughout the body. It contains African potato, African ginger and propolis extract.

Lastly, we’d advise taking our Elixir of Life tonic to support the immune system and keep the body in fighting condition. This remedy is effective against a wide variety of ailments, including colds, fevers, chest infections, flu and coughs. It can be taken as a supplementary treatment to the other remedies. Elixir of Life contains African potato, African wormwood, Ipomoea pellita, Small knobwood and Cancer bush.

Plants used in these suggested products

The following plants and natural substances are used in the suggested products above:

  • African ginger (or wild ginger) is a highly sought-after plant for many traditional remedies. Our African ginger is sustainably obtained from agricultural projects as it is almost totally depleted in the wild. It is used to treat asthma, colds, coughs and flu.
  • African potato is a native potato to South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana. It is a popular herbal supplement that is full of antioxidants and is known to boost the immune system.
  • African wormwood (or Artemisia) is a sweet-smelling shrub that is traditionally used as a herbal remedy for overall lung health and breathing.
  • Alepidea (or kalmoes) is a large shrub that is used to treat chest ailments and asthma.
  • Cancer bush is an indigenous bush commonly found in the Western Cape and Northern Cape, along the coastline. It is a remedy for gastric ailments, aches, fevers and even for the treatment of cancer. It can also be used as an antiseptic wash and a lotion for eye infections.
  • Devil’s claw gets its name from its fruit, which has several hook-like claws projecting outward. It is used in traditional medicine to treat fever, pain, arthritis and indigestion.
  • Ginger is well-known for its medicinal properties, not just in Africa but around the world too. It is used widely to treat colds, flu, nausea and to fight infections.
  • Honeybush is commonly consumed as a tea. It grows naturally in the lowland areas of the Western Cape, but we source our honeybush from sustainable suppliers. This plant is rich in antioxidants and minerals, giving it a wide range of health benefits 
  • Ipomoea pellita (commonly known as ubhoqo) is a plant found in the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. It is commonly used as an anti-inflammatory for treating diabetes, rheumatism, constipation and kidney ailments. 
  • Pepper-bark tree is another sustainably-sourced ingredient in the Clear Lungs remedy. It is often used to treat common colds, clear the sinuses, improve lung health and cure ulcers in the mouth.
  • Propolis extract is a wax-like substance sourced from sustainably harvested beehives. It is an anti-inflammatory substance, produced by bees that is commonly used to provide protection from viruses, bacteria and fungi. Propolis is also an excellent wound healer.
  • Rooibos is a popular plant in South Africa – most famous for its use in tea. It grows in the fynbos regions but is also cultivated on farms to ensure sustainability and protect wild plant population. It is rich in antioxidants and has been noted for its benefits for the heart and cholesterol.
  • Small knobwood is an indigenous tree that grows across most of South Africa. The leaves produce a strong citrus smell when crushed and the tree produces an oil-rich seed contained within its fruit. It is used to treat flatulence, stomach ache, fever and even epilepsy.
  • Turmeric is a common household spice that comes from a root, similar to ginger. It has been used around the world for thousands of years as a medicinal herb. It is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant remedy used to treat aches and pains.

These herbal remedies and products will help you prepare your body for chest ailments and breathing issues. They will speed up recovery times and help to fight infections in the chest, lungs and nasal passage. 

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

Disclaimer: These medicines have not been evaluated by SAHPRA and are 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.


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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