Friday, October 1, 2010

medicinal herbs- wild dagga


Leonotis leonurus, also known as Lion's Tail or Wild Dagga Is a member of the mint family of plants.  It is grown as an annual and can grow as tall as fifteen feet in one season. The leaves resemble a mint plant and the entire plant has quite a lovely smell to it. The stems are wood like and thick and the smaller branches coming off the main stalk are almost a square shape. The flower heads are covered in prickly spikes while the petals are brilliant orange and are resemble a lion’s mane.

 All parts of wild dagga can be used medicinally. Extracts and tinctures can be used for relieving coughs, colds and flu symptoms, fever reduction, bronchitis, tuberculosis, hepatitis, jaundice, regulating the menstrual cycle, headaches, and for lowering blood pressure. The leaf and root of the plant can be  dried and  made into  a decoction and applied externally to treat a variety of disorders. This remedy is often used in the treatment of eczema, itching skin, insect bites and stings, rashes, hemorrhoids, and boils. It is also used for treating muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis. In many countries it is also used as a snake bite remedy both internally and externally.When the stems and stalks are added to a bath, they alleviate itching and muscular cramps.

 In African countries, wild dagga leaves are commonly made into a medicinal tea, which is favored for the hypnotic focus it gives . The petals of the flowers can  also be dried and smoked supposedly for a mild opium type effect and the  leaves are commonly smoked as a tobacco substitute. Believe me it tastes terrible, if it was all I had to smoke, I would in a hurry become a non smoker. The flower petals are supposed to be the most potent part for  smoking but  from my own experience, the “buzz” from it only lasts a few minutes and it tends to upset the stomach so it kind of off sets any euphoric effects it may have. I thus far have not tried to make a tea to drink, as it is said to have a purgative effect and I   just do not feel like testing it out to see for myself. I personally prefer to use it   as a decoction or poultice for skin ailments than trying to actually ingest the stuff. I  have not been sick in so long that I can't say how  well a tincture works either, but I have it sitting in a cupboard just in case.

While there are no known side effects from using wild dagga it should be avoided while pregnant or nursing. Just like every other plant or weed used medicinally, use caution until you know you are not going to react to it.  This plant is perfectly legal to grow in all 50 states so there are no worries  about the legalities of growing it, although, to purchase from anywhere one must be 18. 

I  wonder how well it would work in a  potpourri or a air freshener type bag?

7 comments:

  1. I grow a lot of my own medicinal herbs and sell the seeds, too! It sure saves us a lot of money that would be spent on pills. Herbs are no harder to grow than anything else.

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  2. swallow's nest in an edible gel form is supposed be good for the skin too. it gives that clear and pasty skin that we all love.

    it's mad expensive. my brother and i bought some for my mom for her birthday. it was like 400 bucks for like a 6-8 oz jar. Luckily we finally found the one of popular brand online (hongkong-bird-nest.50webs.com/index_e.htm and http://www.euyansang.com/)

    dad said it's really popular in indonesia. that a guy has to climb a high mountain to get the nest. that's why it's so expensive.

    i mean why doesn't the dude just look for the fabled korean swallow king, capture it and let it lay eggs full of gold! then, he wouldn't have to work so hard and climb them high mountains.

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  3. I just germinated 2 of these, they almost grow as fast as cannabis..considering its still frosty outside I'd say my plants should be around 10' lol :) wonder how well they would do if possible in an indoor grow

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  4. givum a big enough pot n light n they should do well.. they are a large n deep rooting plant

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