Klip Dagga Herbal Tea
Also known has Tilley’s Curse, Shandilay, and Grantiparani.
Scientific Name: Leonotis nepetaefolia
Presentation: leaves and stems.
Ingredients: 100% klip dagga
Traditional Uses: Bone problems, particularly joint issues. Pulmonary problems and breathing difficulties.
Method of preparation: Place in cold water and bring to the boil until boiling.
Infusion time: 3 to 5 minutes after raising boil (leave covered).
Dosage for 1 liter of water: 1 tablespoon.
Recommended Daily Dose: 2 to 3 cups a day at meal intervals.
Klip Dagga has long been used in African traditional medicine as a treatment for fevers, headaches, malaria, dysentery and snakebite.
It has an effect on the uterus - depending on the dose it will stimulate- or suppress menstruation.
In Trinidad it is a common cold, fever and asthma remedy.
Studies suggest that teas or tinctures made with the leaf possesses anti-nociceptive properties (it inhibits the sensation of pain), is anti-inflammatory and hypoglycemic and therefore lend pharmacological credence to the folkloric uses of this herb in the management and/or control of painful, arthritic, and other inflammatory conditions, as well as for adult-onset type-2 diabetes mellitus.
Both Klip Dagga Leonotis nepetifolia and Wild Dagga Leonotis leonurus are excellent heart tonics.
They are used for heart conditions associated with anxiety and tension and will calm palpitations, tachycardia and irregular heartbeats.
The dried foliage of Leonotis - both Wild Dagga and Klip Dagga - can be used as a legal substitute for marijuana (ganja, cannabis, hemp).
Smoking this dried herb gives an euphoric-like effect and exuberance.
The flowers are the most potent part and can be smoked or used as a calming tea.