May 24, 2010

Bunga Misai Kuching - Orthosiphon stamineus

Orthosiphon stamineus or Misai Kucing (Malay for "Cat's Whiskers") is a traditional herb that is widely grown in tropical areas. The two general species, Orthosiphon stamineus "purple" and Orthosiphon stamineus "white" are traditionally used to treat diabetes, kidney and urinary disorders, high blood pressure and bone or muscular pain.

Bunga Misai Kuching - Orthosiphon stamineus

Also known as Java tea, it was possibly introduced to the west in early 20th century. Misai Kucing is popularly consumed as a herbal tea. The brewing of Java tea is similar to that for other teas. It is soaked in hot boiling water for about three minutes, before being added with honey or milk. It can be easily prepared as garden tea from the dried leaves. There are quite a number of commercial products derived from Misai Kucing.

Bunga Misai Kuching - Orthosiphon stamineus


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2 comments:

ericat May 24, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

Your way of blogging is certainly different to the old way I am used to. It is very interesting.
Your photos of nature is gorgeous. The photo of the flower "cat's whiskers" is as perfect as the flower. I like the full details you give with the photos. It is worth double - the joy of the photos and new knowledge.

~ ReD ~ May 31, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

memang sesuai nama misai kucing dengan bunganya...=)

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