Jamu: The Traditional Balinese Turmeric Elixir

Jamu: The Traditional Balinese Turmeric Elixir

Apr 29, 2020Renae Redgen

Jamu is a traditional Indonesian herbal medicine that dates back at least 1300 years! While most jamu concoctions used to contain a whole variety of roots, seeds, flowers, herbs, and spices, most versions today come infused with turmeric! Adding a pinch of black pepper will help to absorb the curcumin which is the active ingredient in turmeric.


  • ½ cup washed turmeric root, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup of ginger root, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • Juice of 2 lime
  • Pinch of pepper


  1. Place the turmeric, ginger & 1 cup water in a blender & blitz on high speed until the mixture is pureed. 
  2. Pour the mix & remaining water into a saucepan, boil & then simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. 
  3. Turn off the heat, stir through the honey & pepper. 
  4. Use a nut milk bag or muslin cloth to strain the mixture.
  5. Store in an airtight bottle in the fridge for up to a week & enjoy hot or cold. Add fresh lime juice to your jamu each time you drink it. 

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