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Jamu: Powerful Herbal Drink with Abundant Benefits
For the last few years, infused water has taken over the wellness world. Many believe that this detox water promotes health and beauty benefits. But now, there is an alternative healthy drink that should be included in your diet menu: Jamu.
Jamu is a traditional herbal drink from Indonesia. It is believed that Jamu has existed for thousands of years. It can be traced from the carving on Borobudur Temple, which illustrates the practice of ancient people making and consuming Jamu in order to maintain their health and beauty.
There are a dozen of Jamu which belong to Indonesia's traditional medication heritage. And today, I am going to present four of them with their own benefits for you.
1. Kunyit Asam
Jamu kunyit asam is made of turmeric (kunyit) and tamarind (asam jawa) as the main ingredients. Regular consumption of this drink helps to overcome aches and detoxify body system. This jamu is also rich in antioxidant to prevent free radicals that bring adverse effects for our body. Beside, kunyit asam declines cholesterol and blood sugar level, so it is suitable for weight loss and diabetics.
Kunyit asam may have a special place in women’s heart. According to helloSEHAT, it can reduce menstruation cramp due to kurkumin decreasing calcium ion and prostaglandin (the hormone which is responsible for pain and swelling).
Another good news is vitamin C in kunyit asam smoothens and brightens the skin from inside out. Last but not least, the daily intake of kunyit asam can get rid of body odour.
- 200 gr turmeric
- 50 gr tamarind
- 50 gr sugar
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 750 ml of water
- Wash the turmeric
- Blend the turmeric to be pasta
- Boil the pasta together with other ingredients
- Serve hot
2. Beras Kencur
This jamu is made of rice (beras) and galangal (kencur). Similar to kunyit asam, beras kencur can improve the immune system since it contains antioxidants. In addition, beras kencur consists of etil p-metoksisinamat and etil cinnamate for relaxation.
It is perfect to cure cough and increase the appetite of children. It also works as a pain reliever and stamina booster.
- 250 gr rice
- 100 gr galangal
- 300 gr sugar
- 1.5-litre water
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 2 ginger cloves
- Soak the rice for a night
- Boil all the ingredients, except rice, for 15 minutes
- Blend the rice and the ingredients
- Boil the blended rice and ingredients
- Serve hot
3. Wedang Jahe
Ginger (jahe) is the main component of wedang jahe. Wedang jahe is really suitable to be consumed in cold weather because it warms up the body. Moreover, it is beneficial to heal a sore throat and prevent flu.
I always drink wedang jahe whenever I feel uncomfortable with my throat so that fever and flu can be avoided.
- 100 gr ginger
- 2 lemongrasses
- 200 gr sugar
- 1 litre water
- Wash the ginger
- Boil all the ingredients
- Separate the water from the residue
- Serve hot
4. Loloh Cem-Cem
You may hear about Bali, a small tropical island with spectacular sunset, beautiful landscape, and unique culture and tradition. That’s not all. Bali also has jamu with unique taste called loloh cem-cem.
This herbal drink is from Panglipuran, Bangli that is beneficial to overcome digestive problem and hypertension.
- Cem-cem leaves
- Betel leaves
- Coconut flesh
- Wash all the leaves
- Grind the leaves
- Boil the grounded leaves with sugar and cinnamon
- Serve with coconut flesh
Get Jamu that you bargained for
Now that you have four recipes to choose from, which one will you try out first? Will you be making Jamu in the near future? Have you tried Jamu before? Let us know in the comments section down below.
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