Orthosiphon aristatus is a plant species in the family of Lamiaceae / Labiatae. The plant is a medicinal herb found mainly throughout southern China, the Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia and tropical Queensland. It is known as kumis kucing in Indonesia and misai kucing in Malaysia, both of which translates to cat’s whiskers. In the US it may be commonly known as cat’s whiskers or Java tea.

Orthosiphon aristatus is used in landscaping to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to its nectar.


Dried leaves (Orthosiphonis folium) are used to treat urological ailments in the form of a diuretic tea known as Java tea. It is used to treat inflammation of the bladder and kidneys. It may also be used with other herbs in urological preparations. Recomended daily dose: 6-12 g (taken as infusion, in doses of 2-3 g in 150 ml water).