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South African student makes herbal mouthwash that treats gum disease and helps him pay university fees

WINNING RECIPE: Cyril Mqiti

WINNING RECIPE: Cyril Mqiti

A STUDENT from an impoverished village in South Africa has made a herbal mouthwash, which is not only curing villagers of gum disease, but helping him pay for university fees.

Cyril Mqiti, 20, comes from a family of herbalists, who have been using this product for “many generations and we have never had teeth or gum problems”.

He was taught how to use the herbal mouthwash by his father, who had been taught by his late father.

“I turned a family secret into a profitable business,” Cyril said.

Tzaneen – a homemade recipe comprised of five special herbs are boiled to produce a strong tea, before vinegar is added, which helps to preserve the mouthwash.

“I make and sell the product to raise money to pay registration fees at university. My parents are poor and I don’t want my dream to die because of poverty,” he said.

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