Indonesian healing – try a turmeric jamu!

Jan 29, 2019

Turmeric jamu is a bright marigold-coloured drink, intensely flavoured with turmeric, ginger and lime

Jamu is a little-known traditional Indonesian healing methodology which uses herbs, lotions and potions to help cure or treat all manner of health issues and illnesses.

About jamu

Jamu is used by Javanese and Balinese healers and is predominantly made from natural ingredients including roots, bark, flowers, seeds, leaves and fruits. It dates back thousands of years and has some similarities to Ayurveda. In Indonesia, jamu is used to address a wide range of health issues, depending on the ingredients used.

Turmeric jamu

Widely available from cafes and restaurants across Bali, turmeric jamu seems to be one of the most common incarnations. Usually served chilled, turmeric jamu is a bright marigold-coloured drink, intensely flavoured with turmeric, ginger and lime. It’s potent stuff with a strong flavour – it’s uniquely refreshing and feels so healthy.

One of the most powerful healing herbs, turmeric is a rhizome or root (similar in form to ginger) that can be used fresh, or in dried powder form. Besides being a powerful anti-inflammatory, natural liver detoxifier and kidney cleanser, it’s also thought to have a host of health benefits including antioxidant, digestive, antiplatelet (decreases clotting), cholesterol lowering and anti-carcinogenic properties.

How to make your own turmeric jamu 

Turmeric’s health benefits come from curcumin, the active ingredient now being studied around the world for its potential health benefits in warding off dementia and cancer. If you are looking to boost your immune system at the start of our tropical year, why not make your own batch? It’s super easy.

  1. Lightly peel some turmeric root and ginger
  2. Add some water in the blender and create a paste.
  3. Boil for 20 minutes
  4. Add some fresh lime juice and honey, strain it, then pour into glass bottles to refrigerate.
  5. Add some black pepper to help with the absorption of curcumin and there you have it. Jamu!

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