Orthosiphon aristatus F. Lamiaceae
Fast growing, perennial bush, 1-2 metres tall, indigenous to south east Asia and Australia’s tropical North Queensland. Multi-branched stems have opposite, ovate leaves to 5cm with fine toothed margins. Also known as Java Tea.
Terminal flower stems carry whorls of white, two-lipped flowers and protruding purple stamens, which give the flower its characteristic cat’s whiskers appearance.
Aspect: Full Sun / Semi-Shade
Soil/Conditions: Well-Drained / Moist
With a tradition of use in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for several centuries, Cat’s Whiskers is an esteemed tea for kidney diseases, disorders causing wasting disease, dysuria, and for the treatment of kidney and urinary stones or discharge.
Leaves can be used fresh, or dried as an infusion or decoction. The crushed, dried leaves may be encapsulated; the active ingredient retaining its properties for several years when stored in cool, dry conditions. The herb is also used for gallstones. Use 15-20 fresh leaves, a ‘finger knob’ of fresh turmeric, 7 cloves of garlic, and 1 litre of water, simmer 10- 15 minutes, strain. Half the decoction is drunk in the morning and half in the afternoon.
For rheumatic pains and coughs, a cup of tea is made with 15-20 leaves, drinking 1-2 cups a day.
Please note - seek advice from your professional health adviser before commencing any medicinal use of this plant.
NOTE - Living plants must be collected (by appointment) - postage not available