Leonotis leonurus, also known as Lion's Tail or Lion's Ear, is a species of plant in the Leonotis genus and the Lamiaceae (mint) family native to southern Africa.
Wild Dagga is smoked or made into a medicinal tea by the Khoikhoi (Hottentots) a tribe of South Africa. Wild Dagga is good for inducing a deep meditative sleep, calming, relaxing and enhancing dreaming. Because of its euphoric effects, Wild Dagga is often referred to as a Cannabis substitute.
Leonotis leonurus (Wild Dagga, Lion's Tail) species is also used in Eastern medicine as euphoriant, purgative, and vermifuge.
Wild Dagga also has a pleasant smell that can be used for incense.
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In most common uses the leaves are picked, dried, and then brewed as a tea.
One experimental animal study suggest that "the aqueous leaf extract of L. leonurus possesses antinociceptive, antiinflammatory, and hypoglycemic properties, and thus lend pharmacological credence to the suggested folkloric uses of the herb in the management and/or control of painful, arthritic, and other inflammatory conditions, as well as for adult-onset, type-2 diabetes mellitus in some communities of South Africa.".
(internal use) Adults: Half a cupful (.90ml) Elderly patients: Quarter of a cupful (.45ml) Children 6-12 yrs: Quarter of a cupful (.45ml) Children 2-6 yrs: Two teaspoonsful (.8ml) To be taken two to three times daily. For external use, the decoction may be applied to the affected area using a clean cloth. References 1. Iwarsson, M. (1985). Leonotis, in Flora of Southern Africa 28,4: 31-37. Botanical Research Institute, Pretoria