"Orthosiphon stamineus is a traditional herb that is widely grown in tropical areas. It is also known as Orthosiphon aristatus. The plant can be distinguished by its white or purple colored flowers that resembles cat whiskers. The herb is popularly known as Java tea. It is also commonly referred as "Misai Kucing" which means cat whiskers. O. stamineus is used widely in the form of herbal tea among the South East Asian population . Java tea was possibly introduced to the West in the early 20th century. The brewing of Java tea is similar to that for other teas. It is soaked in hot boiling water for about three minutes, and honey or milk is then added. It can be easily prepared as garden tea from the dried leaves."
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