Java Tea (Orthosiphon Stamineus)
Commonly known as the cat’s whiskers– because it looks like one – or Indian kidney tea, the Java Tea is a native of Asia – Indonesia, the Indo-China region, Java and Sumatra.
The herb contains rosmarinicn acid (a caffeic acid derivative), sinensetin, and lipophilic flavonoids as well as orthosiphol and orthosiphon which makes it remarkably effective for treating all bacterial infections and inflammatory conditions of the urinary tract. It is also approved by the German Commission E as a treatment for renal gravel and the flushing of the urinary tract, especially in conditions where bacterial infection is present.
Java Tea is also renowned as a remedy for kidney conditions. It will increase urine output and help flush the urinary system; there could be some mild side effects, but nothing to worry about. It is used to enhance the function of the kidney, reverse kidney disease and prevent kidney problems.
When treatment with Java Tea is administered, it is important that you take plenty of fluids.
This medicinal herb is contraindicated in people who have edema that is caused by either kidney problems or heart conditions. If adverse symptoms are observed such as fever, blood in urine, urinary retention, or seizures medical assistance may be sought immediately.
1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
When herbs are used for a long period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example, if you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause, if it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause, etc. That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!