Derived from Indonesian herbal medicine, Jamu is a natural and anti-inflammatory tonic with a plethora of health benefits for digestion and pain relief. It can be made from herbs, flowers, roots, ginger, honey and turmeric. Traditionally, all the ingredients are put into a mortar and mixed before straining. The nice thing about this popular and beneficial tonic is that you can choose what you would like to put into it. A popular one, majun, is made from coconut milk, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger root, and turmeric.
What is jamu?
Although it might be new and trending in the West, jamu has a long history in Indonesia and Asian cultures. It is a herbal wellness tradition that emphasizes good well-being. Because Indonesia is so known for their incredible spices, jamu is more than just a drink, but an entire lifestyle lived out by the community.
Jamu is a philosophy of health that celebrates the journey of total wellness and the community connection. They believe health is not a luxury, but a necessity.
Sounds cool, but what are the benefits?
Jamu, the famous drink of Indonesia, has numerous benefits for the body. It’s anti-inflammatory, has electrolytes, is antiviral, and is packed with antioxidants.
Although you can formulate jamu with whatever your heart desires, it’s the potent turmeric that has all the anti-inflammation benefits to help the body with IBS, arthritis and any other imbalances. In addition to turmeric, jamu often has ginger in it, which also acts as an anti-inflammatory. The people of Indonesia believe that by decreasing inflammation, the immune system can better respond and focus on real threats—causing other body functions to work more efficiently.
The potassium in jamu has minerals that keep us hydrated and help the muscle and nerve functions. Potassium can also help soothe burning from acid reflux.
The ginger found in jamu can help inhibit viral replication and prevent viruses from entering host cells. Ginger is also great for an upset stomach, and could reduce bloating and other digestion issues. The honey found in jamu also has loads of antibacterial properties, and is great for any gut issues.
Curcuminoids, the compounds in turmeric, work as antioxidants to reduce inflammation and prevent oxidative damage. These antioxidants can work to combat, or prevent, free radical damage.
Interested in trying jamu after finding out all its benefits for total wellness? Fit it into your weekly nutrition and let us know how it goes. We recommend using a blender to make your own jamu juice at home.
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