Homemade, Healthy, Detoxifying Herbal Drink – Misai Kucing (“Cat’s Whiskers”)

Good morning, dear friends :D

No, I am not boiling real cats’ whiskers for a healthy drink :lol: … but a type of plant known as “Misai Kucing” in the Malay language (translated as “Cat Whiskers”) because the sprays of white flowers look like a cat’s whiskers! :wink:

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A few pots of “Cat’s Whiskers” growing in my little garden

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The scientific name for this plant is “Orthosiphon Aristatus” and it is a common ornamental plant or garden herb in Malaysia. I was first introduced to Misai Kucing more than 10 years ago when my husband’s elderly aunty told me to brew its leaves as a health drink to treat his gout problem.

(**Add on 14 Sept, 2009READ HERE for an article in our local newspaper recently on “Misai Kucing Cures All” , and the lady talked about the A H1N1 Flu and breast cancer.)

In addition to treating gout (it removes urea acid), the active compound of Misai Kucing is also good for -

  1. diabetes by balancing blood sugar levels
  2. stress
  3. high blood pressure
  4. removing toxins
  5. revitalise our energy
  6. regeneration and building of new cells
  7. balancing our body systems

Seeing the real benefits of this plant, I then quickly harvested some Misai Kucing from my garden and made a large pot of health drink for my family. As I had some other Chinese herbs like a Buddha fruit or Lor Hon Kor (good for phlegm and lungs), dried cane strips, and some cooling dried herbs….I decided to combine them with the Misai Kucing.


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Misai Kucing on the left, some dried cooling Chinese herbs, dried bamboo cane, a Buddha’s Fruit aka Lor Hon Kor…all ready to be boiled for 4 hours in a large pot

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red-sugar

After 4 hours of simmering over a small fire, I added in 2 cups of red sugar or dark sugar … this type of sugar has anti-inflammatory properties

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My pot of Misai Kucing and other herbs to make a cooling, health drink

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A large mug of Cat’s Whiskers health drink for each of my family.

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The rest of the drink are stored in jugs in the fridge and we drink this over 2 days…a nice, refreshing drink for the hot days here in KL. I now have 6 pots of Cat’s Whiskers plants in my garden, so that they can be harvested every two weeks for making my family’s pot of health drinks for health maintenance. It is definitely cheaper than buying those teabags! :wink:

So, I would advise you to buy a small pot of Misai Kucing and plant it in your garden or in your apartment’s balcony, i f you have some space. They grow easily in pots and need minimum care – water daily, direct or indirect sunlight, and bi-monthly fertilising. If I can plant them, you can, too! My present batch of Cats’s Whiskers plants are offshoots of the original one- foot tall plant that I bought about 4 years ago.

I wish you good health always!

choesf :D



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  1. 1

    selvii said,

    I am impressed. I have uric acid and have tried getting this plant but no luck.
    Can i get some hel from you. Thank you.

  2. 5

    danny said,

    i would like to purchase some “cat wiskers” …can you help me find some premix…(a good one) Thanks, Danny

    • 6

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Danny :D

      You can buy the teabags online if you do a search in the Internet.

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  3. 7

    siew said,

    hI
    wHEN YOU BOIL WITH the fresh misai kuching-do you include the flowers too or jus the stem n leaves.. i noticed u put lorhon Kor -whats the rest -is it bamboo and chuk cher (sweet bamboo)

    • 8

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear siew :D

      Yes, I put every part of the fresh Misai Kucing in when I boil it. I combine it with anything that I have at that moment to make a herbal tea. You were right – I had put in some dried chuk cher that came with the dried herbs (leong char). :wink:

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  4. 9

    GiGi said,

    Hi Choesf, you mean you put in the flowers of the Misai Kuching to brew with the dried herbs as well? Need to consume for how long in order to see the effect? Thanks for your advise and best wishes for good health ;-)

    • 10

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear GiGi :D

      Yes, I would just cut off whole stalks of misai kucing, flowers, and all and brew with other herbs. Alternatively, the usual way of brewing misai kucing is to just boil a handful in fresh misai kucing for about 15 – 20 minutes to make 1 to 2 cups to drink.

      I have seen some Chinese Medical Halls selling Misai Kucing teabags (20 in 1 box) but the prices ranges from RM18 to RM40.

      I’m sorry I can’t say how long before we see some results as it will depend on the individual. But it is also good for a healthy person to drink this tea. I make all sorts of herbal teas regularly (once or twice weekly) for health maintenance. :wink:

      READ HERE for an article in our local newspaper recently on “Misai Kucing cures all” , and the lady talked about the A H1N1 Flu and breast cancer.

      Do have a lovely week!

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  5. 11

    Pat said,

    Hi,

    My husband planted some misai kucing herbs in the garden too. I would boil a big pot and keep in the fridge and would last us for a week. That means I drink a cup everyday. I am concern whether I had overdose myself. What is the right dosage and frequency in taking the drink? I boil the herbs plain with water only.

    Thank you

    Best wishes

    Pat

    • 12

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Pat :D

      I’m glad you have misai kucing grown in your garden and you are taking it regularly. No, you are doing just right – drinking one cup of the misai kucing brew a day. It is very good for a lot of things. I was told that if you can combine “Nam Fei Yip” (you can read about it and see how it looks like HERE ), the combined herbal drink will have 4 times its health effect! Read Comment # 39 there. :D

      I, too, like to make one large pot of the health tea, keep it in the fridge and we drink one cup of it per day. It’s more convenient. :wink:

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  6. 13

    Lau said,

    Hi here,

    I have read your posting. I agree drinking misai kucing is good for health.

    I am currently selling misai kucing in teabag: 30 teabags @ rm18 in a simple packing to cut down on the packing charges. This is exclude postage.

    I am from Penang, Malaysia.

    If you need, you can contact me at my email: laujs.lau@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Lau

    • 14

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Lau :D

      Thank you for your contact. For Malaysians who are interested, they can contact you to buy the misai kucing teabags. However, I’m not sure if the packaging will be able to go through some of the countries’ Customs. US Customs are especially known to be very strict when it comes to herbal or medicinal stuff sent through the mail.

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 15

        Dahliah said,

        US customs is quite strict if you compare to Singapore’s one. singapore’s regulations is really really strict. Just a comment and reminder if you want to export to Singapore someday ^^

  7. 16

    Maozi said,

    Hi,

    May I know what brand is good one, can I get it in town such as Guardian Pharmacy ?

    Thanks

    • 17

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Maozi :D

      I’m sorry I don’t know which brand is a good one to buy :oops: – I use fresh leaves from my garden. Maybe you can get their sales people or pharmacists to recommend one to you?

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  8. 18

    faiz said,

    hi,

    a friend of mine asked each of his other friends around him (including me) to drink a bottle cap of what he claimed as ‘misai kucing’ juice around 11pm at one night. all of us had a sleepless night then, i urinated 4 times, another friend 9 times before sunshine. lesson 1: it is effective, lesson 2: plan your time to consume it.

    recently, i went back to kampung and discover that my mother did plant a misai kucing tree. so, i boiled a pot of its stem & leaves for about 15 min and had a cup of it in the afternoon. but didn’t induce me to urinate.

    why different it its effect? the time of consumption or the preparation method or…? your opinion

    • 19

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Faiz :D

      Thank you for sharing feedback on your misai kucing experience – we are all learning along here.

      That is an interesting way of taking misai kucing – to drink its juice before sleeping. I can only guess that the misai kucing is very potent/powerful when taken in juice form, and so, the effects are stronger. The frequent urination induced is to expel the toxins or urea acid in our body.

      Perhaps you can ask your friend if you can consume the misai kucing juice during the day instead – this way, you won’t have to sacrifice a good night’s sleep. :wink:

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  9. 20

    Doreen said,

    Hi Choesf (sorry, I don’t know how else to address you except with your signoff name)

    First, I like to thank you for sharing with us the goodness of Misai Kuching. I have a plant in my garden, given to us by a friend. It’s growing well but the leaves are starting to grow yellowish-spots on some branches.
    I like to grow another pot of the Misai Kuching from my current one. Do you know how the plant propagate – can it grow from a cut-off stem or seedlings from the flower-stalk ? Any experience in that ?

    Thanks & keep up the good work!

    • 21

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Doreen :D

      Heheh, it is okay to address me as “choesf”, not to worry there. :wink:

      Misai Kucing plants can propagate quite easily – so far, I have grown them from stem cuttings and by separating the bigger plants into smaller plants at root level. For the stem cuttings, try to cut the more mature stems. Good Luck! :D

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

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  11. 23

    chooi said,

    hi

    could you give me the recipe of making the herbal drink with Lor Hon Kor, dried cane strips, and with the Misai Kucing? do i use only the stem or the flower of misai kuching?

    can i just boiled a pot of its stem & leaves ?if so what is the proportion of water i must use and how long should i boil it? how long wil it keep in the fridge?

    • 24

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Chooi :D

      For this recipe, I just put together a packet of “leong char” or Chinese cooling herbs bought from the medical shop, add one Loh Hon Kor and some Misai Kucing stems/leaves and flower – all added to a big pot of water. Because sugar is added, we can’t keep this for more than 2 to 3 days because it will go bad.

      For another recipe of misai kucing, you can boil just the misai kucing stems and leaves for about 15 minutes, then add some sugar to taste. The amount of leaves and water is an estimate – roughly for each cup of loosely packed leaves/stems you put 5 cups of water. If you don’t add sugar, then it can keep longer about 5 days or so. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  12. 25

    Ooi Bon Yu said,

    Hi HHM88

    Moments ago a friend who had hypertension and diabetes told me about this misai kucing tea and that he has been taking the tea for about two weeks and told me it helps to keep his bp down. i decide to do some googling and found your webpage.

    we have a pot of this misai in our garden. i have seen your concoction in the photos. i would appreciate if you could let me how much misai were added to a regular pack of the herbal tea you got from the chinese medicine shop. Also the quantity of water you put in.

    Thanks/OBY

    • 26

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear OBY :D

      For the misai kucing tea, you can just brew it on its own without those Chinese herbs you see in the picture above. I had added the misai kucing for added health benefits to herbal drink.

      To make misai kucing tea – just put in about a handful of leaves (about 20?) in to a small pot of boiling water (about 500 ml or 2 large coffee mugs), and then lower fire to small and simmer for about 15 minutes.

      Another method is just to put 10 leaves into a coffee mug and then pour boiling water in. Cover and let the leaves infuse for about 15 minutes.

      Can add sugar or honey or honey rock sugar or drink plain. :idea:

      If the misai kucing is combined with Nam Fei Yip (which is good for health, too), the health benefits will be even better ===> fourfold! :D

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

      • 27

        Ooi Bon Yu said,

        Many thanks HHM88.

        i too wish you and your family good health.

        Rgds
        OBY

      • 28

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        You are most welcome, dear OBY :D

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

      • 29

        Dahliah said,

        What is the recipe if we put in honey? And can be any honey right? I mean what i have is in like a jam container, like how a jam is. So, its from supermarket. Can right?

      • 30

        Hi there, dear Dahliah :D

        Thank you for your information on the stringent Singaporean Customs laws. About the blending of Misai Kucing, although I have never blended the leaves before, I would think that the leaves part can be blended with a green apple and drank just like that. You can add in a tablespoon of honey to that as well, and those jars of honey from the supermarkets would work just as great. :wink:

        Or, you can make a tea out of the tea leaves by pouring some hot water over the fresh or dried misai kucing leaves, and then add 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey when the tea has cooled down a little. You can also boil the misai kucing leaves like I did above and add in honey when the decoction has cooled down a little.

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  13. 31

    albert lee said,

    Hi… I stumbled upon this misai kucing drink by chance in a restaurant in Cheras wehere they have a promotional instore serving sample drink. I had a small cuppa around lunchtime and the next day late afternoon suddenly i have a stomach pain attack. Went to the toilet and goosh… lots of “oils” flushing out with my stools. I am not sure whether it was the misai kucing tea drink but I would try again this weekend. If it is, i would be misai kucing tea fan forever… Not sure whether you have similar discovery.

    • 32

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear Albert :D

      Thank you for sharing your feedback on consuming “misai kucing” tea. It is known to cleanse our urinary and digestive systems, perhaps that’s the reason you had lots of oils in your stools. A way to confirm the side effect of this tea is to try drinking some again and see if the same thing happens to you. It is a good side effect, you know then that your body has eliminated those oils instead of keeping them in your body. :wink:

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  14. 33

    Allan Gan said,

    Hi,

    I would like to find out if the misai kuching tea is ‘cooling’ or ‘heaty’? My friend told me I can drink it everyday day. We can brew it and drink just drink it like we drink water. Are there any side effects?

    Your comments please.

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Allan Gan

    • 34

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear Allan :D

      I’m not sure if misai kucing is heaty or cooling but I guess it is more cooling than heaty. I recently learned from my healer lady friend that a side effect of misai kucing consumption is weak legs….”geok yuen” in the Cantonese dialect. So, I don’t make this for my family too often anymore. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  15. 35

    hafezi said,

    hi there Happyhomemaker88,

    I’m wondering is there any possible chances for me how to measure the fresh herbs when cooking?

    • 36

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Hafezi :D

      I’m sorry I don’t have any weight measurements for the herbs. For the misai kucing, I use roughly 8 leaves for 250ml or 1 cup of water. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  16. 37

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  17. 38

    lloyd said,

    hi, isn’t it good for for treating gout? why the side effect is weak legs? its quite alarming.

    • 39

      Hi there, dear Lloyd :D

      Yes, misai kucing is good for treating gout. Only if we consume it in large quantities that we would develop weak legs. Usually for my family, we would have a certain health drink or soup for a period of time and then we give it a break and we go on to other types of health or herbal drinks. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 40

        sham said,

        Hi – if you want to keep consumption on an optimal level ( not too much to have weak legs) , try premium black tea with Misai Kucing added to it – Cameron Valley Tea has just launched their Herbal Refresher range of teas – with Misai Kucing, Tongkat Ali and Ginger. Available in the Cameron Valley shops in Cameron Highlands and Bangsar, KL. Only rm 16.80 for a pack of 50 bags.
        I’ve tried it and its very mild tasting so its easy to consume. And you know with Cameron Valley tea you’re getting the best cameron highlands tea and overall a very good quality product. You can check them out on http://www.facebook.com/CameronValley .
        In fact they’re having a contest – happy homemaker88 you should enter and show your creativity in making new recipes out of their herbal range.
        Good luck!

      • 41

        Hi there, dear Sham :D

        Thank you for the link to Cameron Valley teas…interested visitors here who don’t have Misai Kucing plants can now but premium black teas with Misai Kucing added. RM16-80 for 50 bags is not too expensive for local teas and herbs. :idea:

        Hmmm…a contest? What’s the prize? :lol:

        With best wishes for good health,

        choesf :D

  18. 43

    Yan said,

    HI there,
    I am just wondering if we can consume the leaves directly without boiling it, for example throwing a few in a blender and blending it with regular food. It it safe and practical?
    Thank you! ;)

    • 44

      Hi there, dear Yan :D

      Yes, you can – actually it’s even better if we eat or blend the leaves. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 45

        Yan said,

        Hi!
        Thanks for the quick response! :D
        I actually thought of doing it for my cat as he is having kidney problem. I don’t think my cat would sip any sort of tea, so I figured if I would blend the leaves together with his food. :)

        Thank you! :)

      • 46

        You are most welcome, dear Yan! I’m so sorry to hear about your cat’s health :cry: …I hope it is alright to feed a cat misai kucing? :oops:

        With best wishes for good health,

        choesf :D

  19. 48

    KLGirl said,

    Your combination of Lor Hon Kor with Cat’s Whiskers is interesting, but it sounds a little too “cooling” esp since you also combined Lor Hon Kor with dried sugar cane.

    The warning about weak legs is equally interesting. I guess we can’t take too much of any single thing. Nice blog!

    • 49

      Hi there, dear KL Girl :D

      Thank you for your compliment! Yes, this drink can be a bit cooling, so it’s best to take it in moderation. :wink:

      Do have a wonderful weekend ahead!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  20. 50

    Melinda Tai said,

    Hi,
    I read with great interest about your herbal tea using Cat Whiskers. I been hunting high and low for this plant to grow in the U.S. Do you think you could spare me some seeds? How wonderful of you to share this plant info.

    • 51

      Hi there, dear Melinda :D

      I’m sorry, I don’t have these plants anymore in my garden :oops: – due to space constraints in my garden and also because the herb is now easily available in tea bag form and sold in shops, I have replaced the plants with other herbal/medicinal plants since I last wrote this post a few years ago.

      Maybe some reader here from the US may be able to tell you if these plants can be found there. When I first planted them, it was from a small plant I had bought at the plant nursery, and they were propagated with cuttings.

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  21. 52

    lynn said,

    hi, i’m looking for the cat whiskers tea bags, can’t find any in singapore. would you be able to purchase some for me and send it over by christmas? plan to give it as a present. :)

  22. 54

    KK said,

    Hi all,
    just want to inform that you can have effervescent drink made from pure Cat Wiskers extract which is scientifically proven via research. just visit http://www.nc-my.com under CANSSUFIVE brand. 1 cup of CANSSUFIVE is equivalent to 15 cups of Java Tea without any durectic effect.
    Hope this info with help you guys. Take Care.

  23. 56

    Dahliah said,

    Can the leaves of the Misai Kucing be blended? Or can only brew? What parts can be blended?

  24. 57

    TAN said,

    hi, could i know where can i get a plant in KL, thanks.

    • 58

      Hi there, dear Tan :D

      Maybe you can try at those plant nurseries…at pasar tani, where there are Malay people selling plants. Nowadays, many Chinese Medical Shops also sell the teabag versions of this tea. But of course, it is cheaper to plant your own. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      P.S. I bought mine many years ago from the Taman Tun Dr Ismail wet market, KL…there is a Malay lady or man selling plants near the entrance and fish stall. :wink:

  25. 59

    Dahliah said,

    If I add in the leaves to tap water (not boiling water), and I boil them, and then drink it, it won’t be toxic or bad for me, right? but instead, some of their properties may be destroyed… right?
    also, (another scenario): let’s say I just realised I accidentally added in the leaves to tap water and boil them, so I turn off the heat, remove the leaves, and turn on the heat and wait for the water to boil, then add in back the leaves and wait till the water becomes golden brown before I drink it. if I do drink it, will it be toxic or can I drink it or…?
    hopefully you can understand =x
    I hope you can reply asap ^^

    • 60

      Hi there, dear Dahliah :D

      Sorry for the late reply :oops: … I was away for a vacation in Penang. You can boil the leaves or just pour boiling water onto them to steep – either way is alright and they won’t be toxic (as far as I know). You can drink either one of them.

      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  26. 61

    loraine said,

    I was really suprise the health benefits of this herbal plants.I had some many in our garden but we didn’t used it..now i know..

    • 62

      Hi there, dear loraine :D

      Wow, you are so lucky to have so many of these herbal plants in your garden. I have seen a box of 20 teabags of this Misai Kucing herb selling around US$8 to US$10 here in Malaysia.

      Do have a wonderful weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D


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