Introduction to Leonotis leonurus (Wild
Leonitis leonurus is also known as Lion's Tail or Wild Dagga. It
member of the Mint family of plants that is used by the Hottentot
to promote euphoria and exuberance
The active component in Wild Dagga is leonurine, the same alkaloid that is
mildly psychoactive in the similar Leonurus sibiricus (marihuanilla). It
may be addictive on the order of nicotine with regular usage. Wild Dagga
is 100% legal in the United States. It is all-natural and does not contain
any controlled substances. Do not drive or operate machinery when under
the influence of Wild Dagga.
Leonotus is grown for its pretty orange flowers and is popular in
landscaping in Southern California. When this plant is in flower, it
provides quite a visual feast, and its delightful form and dazzling color
amazes everyone who sees it.
Many traditional uses have been recorded. The foliage is commonly made
into a medicinal tea, which is favored for the hypnotic focus it gives.
The leaves or roots are widely used as a remedy for snakebite and also to
relieve other bites and stings. Extracts have been applied externally to
treat boils, eczema, skin diseases and itching, and muscular cramps.
Extracts are also used to relieve coughs, cold and influenza, as well as
bronchitis, high blood pressure and headaches. Leaf infusions have been
used to treat asthma and viral hepatitis. This species is also important
in Chinese/Vietnamese medicine as an euphoric, purgative and vermifuge.