01 DEC 2023 LIFESTYLE 3 MINS READ 710 VIEWS 65 SHARES

Teatime with Tropical Herbs Misai Kucing Herbal Tea Plus

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Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in Malaysia have diabetes? It’s hardly surprising given the fact that Malaysians consume on average 12 teaspoons of sugar per day from sugar sweetened beverages, which is twice the daily added sugar limit recommended by the World Health Organization of only 6 teaspoons1. All this in addition to a wide variety of sweet kuih and tong sui, too.

Therefore, you might want to reconsider ordering more teh tarik or sirap bandung and instead choose healthier options for your teatime beverage. Thankfully, Malaysia is also home to a vast selection of botanical herbs that are often used in healthy herbal teas.

What are the health benefits of herbal tea?

Usually prepared with natural ingredients (leaves, flowers or roots) and no preservatives, artificial flavouring or colouring, herbal tea is a great choice of beverage to help you stay hydrated apart from drinking clean mineralised water. Among the many botanical ingredients used in herbal tea are rose, chrysanthemum and goji berry as well as misai kucing.

What is misai kucing?

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Deriving its name from the cat whiskers it resembles, Orthosiphon Stamineus or more commonly known as misai kucing is an edible plant species with white or light purple flowers and green leaves. It is found mainly throughout Southeast Asia, Southern China, the Indian Subcontinent and Queensland, Australia.

Aside from being a pretty addition to many homes and gardens, misai kucing is rich in nutrients and is traditionally used for general health maintenance be it in a herbal tea or consumed raw as ulam.

What are the health benefits of misai kucing?

Research has shown that misai kucing has several health benefits, including:

  • Provides antioxidant activities2,3
  • Improves carbohydrate metabolism2,3
  • Improves urination4

Misai Kucing: Nature’s Secret for General Health Maintenance

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Sugar-free and so easy to prepare, Tropical Herbs Misai Kucing Herbal Tea Plus is suitable for daily consumption. This all natural botanical tea blend combines misai kucing with gymnema, cinnamon, ginger and green tea extract for multiple health benefits.

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All you have to do is brew 1 sachet in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes; consume twice a day after meals. It is best to drink it while the tea is warm. If you prefer, you can mix it with 1 teaspoon of honey for additional taste.

Let’s break the cycle and start consuming healthy beverages today!

Disclaimer: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Results may vary depending on the individual’s intake, diet and physical activity level. Please consult your pharmacist/doctor before taking this product.

References:

  1. https://www.ungm.org/Public/Notice/197915
  2. Wang, Qirou et al. “A Systematic Review of Orthosiphon stamineus Benth. in the Treatment of Diabetes and Its Complications.” Molecules (Basel, Switzerland) vol. 27,2 444. 10 Jan. 2022, doi:10.3390/molecules27020444
  3. Silalahi, Marina. (2019). Orthosiphon stamineus Benth (Uses and Bioactivities). Indonesian Journal of Science and Education. 3. 26. 10.31002/ijose.v3i1.729.
  4. Ambursa MB, Rahman MNG, Sulaiman SA, Zakaria AD, Mohamed Daud MA, Zakaria Z, Zahari Z, Wong MP. An In vitro Study of Orthosiphon stamineus (Misai Kucing) Standardized Water Extract as a Chemolytic Agent in Urolithiasis. J Pharm Bioallied Sci. 2021 Oct-Dec;13(4):373-379. doi: 10.4103/jpbs.jpbs_526_21. Epub 2022 Mar 4. PMID: 35399798; PMCID: PMC8985837.