JAMU THE TRADITIONAL HEALTH PROBLEM SOLVER OF KOTAGEDE
WHAT IS JAMU?
When walking on the streets of Kotagede you might bump into women selling yellow-like liquid. This popular herbal medicine, so called magical JAMU being passed from mother to daughter for centuries. The term JAMU refers to a unique set of traditional methods used to prevent diseases and to treat existing health problems. The composition of the mixture can vary depending on its aim. The majority of these ingredients, such as turmeric, ginger and lemon can be grown in our tropical garden.
Though formal medical treatments are practiced in Indonesia, many Indonesians will drink their daily JAMU when experiencing a rushing flue, some stomach problems or simply just for boosting their general health.
HOW TO MAKE JAMU?
By preparing JAMU for ourselves we have the opportunity to fully guide through the process of picking to cutting and then drinking the infusion itself.
The fresh drink is traditionally prepared by cutting the herbs and blending them into water. After that they are strained they can be either be boiled or consumed directly.
Often some coconut sugar or honey is added to ease its bitter taste.
WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR INGREDIENTS?
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) – Kunyit
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – Halia / Jahe
Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) – Asam Jawa
The main ingredients of JAMU are Turmeric and Ginger. These two are highly potent antioxidants and by combining them we can achieve even more effectiveness.
TURMERIC is world-widely used rhizome/root which active ingredient is Curcumin. It is often used in cancerous conditions, in inflammatory conditions, in allergies and a variety of immunity and infectious conditions.
GINGER is popular for being used for cooking but it has a various use in healthcare. It is known for its nausea and vomiting easying effect, used to remove wind and cold, cramping gastrointestinal pain and reduces inflammation in many painful conditions.
TAMARIND is an important ingredient, mainly used to ease the bitter taste of JAMU. It is rich in Vitamin C and high in antioxidants. Together with ginger it helps relieve nausea and also aids digestion.
In our BHUMI Family garden we grow fresh and tasty herbs that we use to boost our health. The ingredients help us as all-round preventatives that sustain our vitality and wellbeing.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN TURMERIC JAMU?
Choose some turmeric roots, peel off gently. Optionally you can add the same amount of tamarind roots. Put it into a blender with quarter amount of peeled ginger roots. Add water of your own taste so it makes a drinkable mixture. Bring it to boil for 15 minutes. Wait until it cools down, then strain through a fine sieve or a piece of cloth that you don’t mind getting stained.
For extra Vitamin C add some drops of fresh LEMON from the garden. To soften up its sharp taste you can add some HONEY, which is also a great source of antioxidants.
Drink either cold or hot depending on your symptoms.
This procedure might leave you with some yellow hands but will give you an amazingly refreshing, healthy energy boosting drink. Keep refrigerated in a bottle and use within a few days.
Make LEMONGRASS infusion, by only pouring hot water over a few pieces. It increases blood circulation and helps overcome exhaustion, focusing and supports immunity.
Pick some PASSION FRUIT from our garden and make some lemonade to help overcome insomnia and produce natural collagen. It contains a lot of Vitamins A and C while adding a fresh taste to any drink.