How to Extract Ficus Detoldea

Overview

Ficus detoldea is a shrub-like plant that is characterized by its thick, green leaves and small berry fruit. These evergreen plants grow in an upright position and take up little room, making them popular houseplants. The roots, leaves and fruit of this plant are commonly used by people in Southeast Asia to create a medical treatment known as mas cotek tea. By boiling portions of the plant you can easily extract the needed ingredients to make mas cotek tea in your home.

Step 1

Pick 5 to 10 leaves from the Ficus detoldea plant to use for the extract. Five leaves will brew a very mild, weak tea, whereas 8 to 10 leaves will create a stronger tea.

Step 2

Boil the leaves of the plant in 2 to 4 cups of water for approximately 45 minutes to properly steep the tea. More then 4 cups of water will dilute the tea and cause a change in the taste. If you increase the amount of water during boiling, increase the amount of leaves used.

Step 3

Pour the boiled leaves into a coffee filter or a cheese cloth to leave you with only the liquid. You do not want to have the leaves in your tea.

Step 4

Serve the tea warm or cold, depending on your preference. Drink the tea within three to four days, if left un-refrigerated. Storing the tea in a refrigerator will allow you to drink the tea for up to a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Kettle
  • Water
  • Coffee filter/cheese cloth

References

  • Gardening.eu: Ficus Deltoidea
  • Forest's Secret: Mas Cotek Tea
Keywords: ficus detoldea extract, extracting ficus detoldea, using ficus detoldea

About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.