Jamu is a traditional health tonic which is enjoyed the world over.  In North America we know it as Goldyn tonic, or if coconut milk is added golden mylk.  Today I had the experience to learn from a Balinese herbalist who works at the Udara Resort and creates all the fantastic Vegetarian meals here. This tonic is enjoyed for creating better gastrointestinal health, thereby boosting the immunity.  It’s recommended to sip 2x per day, once in the morning on an empty  tummy and again in the pm after lunch before dinner. 

100g of turmeric 

30g ginger 

30g temulawak or Japanese ginger 

30-100 g of tamarind, 

Pinch of pepper

If you like some fresh coconut palm sugar! (Optional)

To this add 400 ml of water., if you don t like it too strong add up to 800 ml

Scrub the ingredients then pour hot water over them to remove dirt and to purify before you peel.

Chop into small pieces

Add the first three ingredients and the water blend, then boil the concoction, as soon as its boiled take off the heat. 

Add the tamarind 

Add black pepper at the end to boost the benefits of turmeric.  If you d like an added boost you can add virgin coconut oil 

This creates 2-3 delicious mug fulls

The coconut fresh palm sugar is only added to enhance the 5 flavour experience.

Sweet: sugar

Sour:with tamarind

Bitter: with temulawak

Spicy :ginger

Pungent:with turmeric

In Chinese medicine we feel you benefit from all of the 5 flavours.

The Turmeric has natural anti inflammatory properties and high in  antioxidants.

Ginger’s  great for the digestive system, and to decrease bloating

Temulawak or Japanese ginger is similar to turmeric and   is an amazing blood and liver cleanser.  I ll have to see if I can purchase this in Vancouver. 

Tamarind helps lower blood cholesterol, its similar to limein what it does but there is more fibre and more gastrointestinal friendly.  Delicious sour taste

Palm sugar for fibre and Extra energy

Have some lemon grass?  You can add at the end as well.

If you have you may add pandanus, an aromatic great for body oil aromatherapy and cooking (its also used in the offerings) This helps to cleanse your body spirit and mind.

Serve slightly warmed, and enjoy!