Wild Dagga is smoked or made into a medicinal tea by the Hottentot tribe of South Africa. 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.
The main uses of lionâ€™s tail in western herbal medicine are to relieve premenstrual discomfort, ease menopausal symptoms, and regulate menstrual periods. In addition, it may have some effectiveness for normalizing rapid heartbeat — especially when a “pounding heart” is associated with anxiety. This beautiful flower makes a great addition to your garden.