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Traditional Indonesian drink: JAMU

Jamu is a drink typical of traditional Indonesian medicine, prepared from turmeric, and other naturally sourced ingredients. The mix is especially popular on the islands of Java and Bali. Jamu is a drink known to prevent infectious diseases, strengthen the immune system, detoxify the liver, reduce inflammation and fight bacteria.

Recipe: Jamu

The Jamu recipe is said to be more than a thousand years old, however, there is no unique formula: each family has its own secret combination of ingredients, which is passed down from generation to generation. Here’s a basic recipe for preparing a 1 liter of Jamu.

Indonesian drink: jamu


  • Turmeric: It is one of the most healing roots as it helps prevent and relieve inflammations, detoxifies the body, accelerates metabolism and aids with digestion.
  • Lemon: It is rich in antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Strengthens the immune system and prevents disease.
  • Ginger: It is known to speed up metabolism, prevent nausea, be anti-inflammatory, natural analgesic, digestive and promote circulation.
  • Honey (for sweetening): It is a natural antiseptic.
Indonesian drink: jamu

Local people in Indonesia use Jamu for discomfort and diseases of all kinds, such as flu, colds, dengue or to treat the typical Bali Belly (or also known as gastroenteritis) suffered by many tourists .

🌿 Jamu: Ingredients

  • 1 liter water
  • 100g fresh turmeric root (approx. 3/4 cup chopped turmeric)
  • 50g fresh ginger (1 piece the size of a finger, cut into pieces)
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 2 tablespoons honey (you can also use a different sweetener)
  • 1 pinch black pepper
Indonesian drink: jamu

👨🏼 🍳 Jamu: Steps to follow for preparation

• Step 1:

Peel the roots of turmeric and ginger.

• Step 2:

Cut them into pieces.

• Step 3:

Put the cut pieces of turmeric and ginger together with the liter of water in a blender and whisk until smooth.

• Step 4:

Put the mixture in a saucepan and let it simmer for 20 minutes until creamy.

• Step 5:

Add the lime juice and honey.

• Step 6:

Pour in some quality black pepper.

• Step 7:

Allow everything to cool and pour the liquid into bottles afterwards.

• Step 8:

Keep it in the fridge and get it cold.

👉 drink it in moderation in small amounts and you will soon begin to notice the great benefits that this drink brings 🍹.

Remember that you can also write to [email protected] if you need help planning your trip to Indonesia.

Selamat minum semuanya! 😋 ⠀


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Article author

Born in Valencia (Spain), his professional career has always revolved around the tourism sector. He studied tourism degree and later specialized in digital tourism marketing.

After working in various travel agencies. In 2018, he was a beneficiary of an Indonesian government scholarship to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the country. After specializing in the destination and having traveled and lived in various areas of Indonesia, he joined our team in early 2020.

Fernando is passionate about surfing and extreme sports. He’s the first to sign up for a trip, always looking for new adventures!

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