Jamu is a traditional drink, originating from Java, an island in Indonesia, made with natural ingredients, including roots, flowers, seeds, leaves and fruits. Sold in traditional markets, Jamu is a real immunity stimulant.
First created for royalty, this all-natural elixir has anti-inflammatory properties with a number of health and beauty benefits, helping to keep the body invigorated and balanced.
The most interesting thing is that, while the name is quite exotic, the ingredients are quite simple and totally possible to produce it at home. It is a simple mixture of turmeric, ginger, lemon, water (or coconut water) and honey. Jamu can be served cold or heated.
In order to understand the effectiveness of this fusion, it is important to know the benefits and characteristics of each of its ingredients:
– Turmeric (root or powder): anti-inflammatory, anticancer, relieves arthritis pain and can help with digestive problems, including H. Pylori bacteria and stomach ulcers.
– Ginger (root or powder): anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, stimulates digestion, relieves pain associated with PMS, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. Helps in reducing hot flashes and night sweats.
– Lemon juice: alkalizing (helps restore blood pH), rejuvenating, uplifting and toning. Lemon skin also has properties: liver detoxifying, antimicrobial and antiviral.
– Honey: antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and stimulates the immune system. If you can, look for honey produced locally.
How much and when should it be drunk?
If you have a shot glass at home, that’s exactly the amount, once or twice a day! Early in the morning, by stimulating enzymatic release, Jamu will help prepare digestion for the foods to be eaten throughout the day.
However, as it is a concentrated and intense combination, take it easy and notice how your body behaves! If you feel a burn in your belly, choose to take it at the end of the meal or between meals. If you like to take it after a meal, try mixing it with sparkling water.
How to prepare this beneficial Jamu?
- ½ cup of turmeric (no need to peel);
- 3/4 cup ginger (no need to peel);
- 4 cups of water (or coconut water);
- Honey to taste (if using coconut water, it might not be necessary to add honey)
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- Wash the turmeric and ginger in hot water and cut into thin slices;
- Place them in a blender (or juicer if you have one);
- Add water and mix for about 1 minute;
- Let stand for a few minutes and strain if you want a smooth drink, without chunks (you can use a rice strainer or a French press);
- Pour into a jar and serve from there;
- Store in the refrigerator with an airtight lid.
Some notes on the ingredients:
– If you use the roots of turmeric and ginger, rinse them with hot water, as it is not necessary to peel the skin.
– Remember that turmeric can stain! Therefore, wash the blender and the board immediately after use.
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