Suggested products for stress and anxiety

Suggested products for stress and anxiety

Modern life is stressful and most of the South African population is under strain day-to-day. The economy, job security, bills, rent and rising living costs are becoming increasingly troublesome for many citizens. This means that stress and anxiety are mental worries that affect the vast majority of South Africans.

Source of Health has numerous products available, under the Isiphethu Sempilo brand, that help to relax the mind, slow the heart rate and allow consumers to deal with anxiety. These herbal remedies can be used to reduce stress, promote relaxation and regulate sleep cycles. The following remedies have been specifically designed to tackle these prevalent mental health issues.

Source of Health products for stress and anxiety

Firstly, we suggest using our Relax remedy which is based on a Khoisan traditional medicine. This product helps to reduce stress and tension from anxiety and worry. Use it to relax, improve your mood, concentration and general well-being. It contains Sceletium, Wild pear and Ashwagandha. Take one teaspoon of Relax twice a day for maximum benefit.   

Another product that promotes relaxation is our Sleep Tight remedy. This remedy is believed to be a natural sedative that encourages deep and restful sleep. It helps to soothe the nervous system, improve symptoms of insomnia, regulate erratic sleep patterns and calm an irritated mind. Sleep Tight contains Sceletium, Chamomile, Jasminium and Ashwagandha. Take two teaspoons before bedtime for a restful night’s sleep.

We also suggest using our Elixir of Life tonic. It supports the immune system and reduces the symptoms of stress. This remedy is also effective against a wide variety of ailments, including high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes. Elixir of Life contains African potato, African wormwood, Ipomoea pellita, Small knobwood and Cancer bush. It should be taken twice a day.

Another product that can help with stress is our Immunity remedy, which can boost the immune system when you are feeling tired and stressed. When people are anxious, their immune system can become vulnerable to infections. This herbal medicine can prevent viral, fungal and bacterial microbes from spreading throughout the body. It contains African potato, African ginger, Honeybush, Wild dagga and propolis extract.

Lastly, we recommend using our Energy remedy if the anxiety and stress is leaving you feeling tired and unmotivated. Stress, depression and anxiety can sometimes make you tired and unwilling to get out of bed. This natural remedy contains vital antioxidants and is stimulant and caffeine-free. It is believed to support energy levels and promote well-being. Energy contains resurrection plant, marula, liquorice, Ashwagandha and African basil.

Plants used in these suggested products

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

  • African basil is a hybrid plant that can only be grown from cuttings – it does not produce seeds. It has antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • 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.
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an ancient medicinal herb. The species name somnifera means “sleep-inducing” in Latin. This plant is an adaptogen, which means that it helps your body to manage stress and promote relaxation.
  • Cancer bush (Sutherlandia frutescens) is commonly found in the Western Cape and Northern Cape, along the coastline. It is a natural 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.
  • Chamomile probably needs no introduction. It is a daisy-like plant that is widely used to make stress-relieving tea. It is also believed to promote deep sleep and combat the symptoms of insomnia.
  • 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.
  • Jasminium (commonly called Jasmine) is a vine-like shrub that is closely related to olives. The flowers are harvested for their unique fragrance and the plant is used in traditional remedies to treat liver disease and abdominal pain. It is also used as a sedative to promote relaxation.
  • Liquorice is that peculiar-flavoured black sweet, but it is actually made from plants. The liquorice plant contains a unique flavour, which is extracted from the roots. It is used in herbal remedies due to its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effects.
  • Marula is famously known for its fruit which ferments when it falls from the tree. Wild animals eat the rotting fruit and become intoxicated. The marula fruit also contains essential oils, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
  • Propolis extract is a wax-like substance sourced from sustainable 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.
  • Resurrection plant (Selaginella lepidophylla) is named as such because of its ability to survive complete desiccation and drought. It is commonly used in traditional medicine as an infusion where dried plant material is steeped hot water. The resulting tea is used as an antimicrobial to treat colds and sore throats.
  • Sceletium (commonly called kanna) is a common succulent plant that grows in South Africa. It has been used in ancient African remedies as a mood-enhancer and to combat stress and depression. The dried plant is normally chewed but it can be used as a herbal tea.
  • 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.
  • Wild dagga (also called lion’s ear or lion’s tail) is actually part of the mint family of plants. It is native to South Africa and is known for its medicinal properties; it has strong antioxidant and heart-protecting properties. Wild dagga has no hallucinogenic effects on the mind, so the name can be misleading. 
  • Wild pear looks similar to a true pear tree but is not related. The bark is used in herbal remedies as an infusion or enema to treat stomach ulcers, nausea and chest pains.

These Source of Health products will help you to relax, cope with anxiety, regulate sleep and improve your overall mood. They will also help to fight any side effects of stress, anxiety and depression, such as tiredness, irritability and lack of appetite. 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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