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Cat's whiskers

The herb Java Tea (Orthosiphon stamineus) is also called in English Cat's whiskers because of fact that the stamen looks like the whiskers of a cat.
For medicinal purposes the leaves and stalks are used because they contain polifenoles, potassium and an essential oil. All are rich on sesquiterpenes. These components provide the Java Tea with draining qualities that improve the elimination of water and urea.

Introduction

The Java Tea plant is a medicinal shrub that can reach the height of approximately 1,5 meter. The plant origins from Southeast Asia and the tropical parts of Australia. Meanwhile the Java Tea plant is spread around the world as a garden plant due to its unique flowering.
In Asia the Java Tea is used since centuries for kidney and bladder diseases. It is only since the end of last century that the Western world is becoming seriously interested in de the medicinal properties of this exotic plant.

java thee bloemen Photo: The colour of the flowers of the Java Tea plant can be white, pink, violet or lilac. It is mainly the leaves and the top of the stalk that are traditionally used for medicinal purposes.
java thee bladeren Photo: The first harvest of the Java Tea leaves begins as soon as the plant starts to form flower buds. After that every 2-3 weeks the upper part of the young shoots are picked. After picking, the leaves are dried and either cut up or grounded.


Application

As mentioned before only the leaves and upper part of the stalk of the Java Tea plant are used for medicinal purposes. Java Tea is mainly used as a tea, but is also taken increasingly as a food supplement. Sometimes an extract of the Java Tea leaves is added to cosmetic products.

Medicinal actions

Java Thee is recorded in as well the French, the Dutch as the Swiss Pharmacope for kidney related diseases. Java Tea is also used as an anti allergen, for lowering the blood pressure and against infections. It is also recommend with diabetes, pain of the joints, arthritis, rheumatism and gout.

The most common applications of Java Tea are:

Industrial applications

So far there are no industrial applications known of the Java Tea plant.

Dosage

Because Java Tea is taken since centuries as a tea on a large scale, one may presume that the use of larger quantities also can be regarded as safe.
As therapeutic dosage, consumed as a tea, a daily dosage of 6-12 gram of dried leaves is advised.
For the use as a food supplement of for preventive use 1-2 gram of dried leaves per day is recommended.

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