Imphepho (Helichrysum odoratissimum) also known as Kooigoed and African Sage is a traditional South African herb. This well know plant has been used in South African traditional medicine for centuries for its medicinal and spiritual properties.

Imphepho is believed to nourish, protect and cleanse body and soul.

It is said that Imphepho was the first medicine that was shown to the healers. When they started to use this medicine, it guided them to find and how to use other medicines and so they started to learn about herbs. It is a very powerful plant, and its medicinal uses are the subject of scientific study. It is the most widely used medicinal plant in South Africa.

Traditionally Imphepho is burned on a potsherd when offered to the ancestors. Medicinal uses of the plant include antiseptics, insecticides, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and pain relieving (analgesic). The parts of the plant used are mainly the leaves, stems and flowers and sometimes the roots.

Benefits of Imphepho:

  1. Anti-inflammatory: Imphepho contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce inflammation and redness in the skin.

  2. Antimicrobial: Imphepho has been traditionally used as a natural antiseptic to treat wounds and skin infections. Its antimicrobial properties may help fight bacteria and fungi that can cause acne and other skin problems.

  3. Antioxidant: Imphepho contains antioxidants that may help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, which can lead to premature aging and skin damage.

  4. Moisturising: Imphepho has a high content of essential oils, which may help hydrate and moisturise the skin, keeping it soft and supple.

  5. Soothing: Imphepho has a calming and soothing effect on the skin, which may help relieve skin irritation, itching, and inflammation.

  6. Respiratory health: Imphepho has been traditionally used to help with respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, and asthma. The herb has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help to clear the airways and reduce inflammation.

  7. Anxiety and depression: Imphepho has been used as a natural remedy for anxiety and depression. The herb contains compounds that act as natural mood enhancers, helping to improve overall well-being.

  8. Pain relief: Imphepho has been used to treat various types of pain, including headaches and muscle pain. The herb contains compounds that have analgesic properties, which can help to reduce pain and discomfort.

  9. Spiritual benefits: Imphepho is also believed to have spiritual benefits, as it is used in traditional African spiritual practices. The herb is said to help connect individuals to their ancestors and provide spiritual guidance.