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 lion’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.