Immunity Jamu: a healing drink from Indonesia

One of the ways we’ve boosted our immunity over this past year has been through a daily shot of turmeric + ginger jamu.

Jamus are natural, plant based beverages that derive from Central Java, Indonesia; about 1200 years ago. They are an essential part of the Indonesian herbal tradition; and there are said to be approximately 1700 different recipes for jamus, assisting with everything from healing various ailments, to increase energy or promote relaxation; for before and after pregnancy; or simply to sustain health.

Jamus are typically made from whole plants and use potent herbs such as various types of ginger and turmeric as well as cinnamon, tamarind or pandan leaf to activate and strengthen the immune system.

One thing that has been beautiful to observe over this past year and more in Bali; is that Jamus are still made in the traditional way: there’s a careful sourcing of ingredients, peeling and extraction. I also love noticing the jamu sellers on motorbikes or sometimes on bicycle peddling their health giving elixirs in the local villages.

Here is a jamu recipe containing two of my favourite, hard working herbs: ginger and turmeric. They have strong anti inflammatory, digestive, and anti-bacterial properties. As well, with the raw honey and lime juice, this jamu is delicious and a beautiful, warmth generating drink. Perfect for the Fall/ Winter season.

We hope you will love it and it will share a taste of Bali with you right in your kitchen! 🙂

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Insiya’s Immunity Jamu

Recipe by Insiya Rasiwala-Finn
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

33

kcal

This jamu recipe contains two of my favourite, hard working herbs: ginger and turmeric. They have strong anti inflammatory, digestive, and anti-bacterial properties. As well, with the raw honey and lime juice, this jamu is delicious and a beautiful, warmth generating drink. Perfect for the Fall/ Winter season.

Ingredients

  • 1 large piece ginger root (approx 2 – 3” long)

  • 2 large pieces turmeric root (approx. 2- 3” long each)

  • 4 cups filtered water

  • Small pinch of sea salt

  • A good turn of black pepper

  • Fresh squeezed juice of 2 lemons or 4 limes

  • 1 tbsp raw honey

Directions

  • Peel turmeric and ginger with the rim of a spoon and slice thinly.Watch out your hands will get golden yellow but the turmeric stain will wash out with natural soap and water and a good scrub!
  • Blend ginger, turmeric, salt and pepper and water until liquid.
  • Pour the blended mixture into a saucepan, bring to a boil, then simmer for approximately 20 minutes, until the water has reduced by half.
  • When the mixture is luke warm, add lemon or lime juice and honey to taste.
  • Strain with a sieve or nut milk bag and store in a glass bottle or jar in the fridge.
  • Enjoy 2 – 4 oz each day. You can dilute it with some water or coconut water if it is too strong for you.

Let us know how it went. If you make this recipe, do post and share on social media with the hashtag #blissology and #blissjamu 🙂

Note: This mixture will last in your fridge for about 3 days.

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