Hello friends. This is a recipe from Bali, called Jamu, or Jamu Juice – an all-natural, anti-inflammatory elixir, made with fresh turmeric, ginger, honey and a squeeze of lemon – that can be served warm like tea or chilled – which has become a godsend ever since we got back from our trip there last spring. It’s very simple to make and very often I’ll make a quick batch on Sunday and then drink it during the week. It’s very soothing served warm like tea before bedtime.
Throughout Indonesia, there are many varieties of this herbal root infusion which seem to work wonders when it comes to healing the body. This version, the most common we found there, made with fresh turmeric root, ginger and honey has a particularly soothing effect on my old tired and achy bones, relieving aches and pains. It contains powerful anti-inflammatory agents that in my opinion work just as well as Advil, without any side effects or harm to the liver. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself and see.
Drink it chilled, over ice if you like, or heat it up and drink it HOT like tea. When drinking it warm, to boost turmeric’s effect, you could stir in a teaspoon of coconut oil. When in Bali, I asked if this was necessary, and they adamantly said no. However, there is literature out there that says turmeric needs to bind with a little fat to properly absorb into the body, but they were not adhering to this and apparently they’ve been making this for hundreds of years.
This is an extra large two quart jar that holds 8 cups of Jamu juice.
It’s also very tasty served warm with a little warm apple cider and a cinnamon stick.
Jumu Juice – a healing anti-inflammatory Indonesian drink made with fresh turmeric and ginger, honey and a squeeze of citrus. Soothing and healing to the body. Drink this cold or warm like tea.
- Prep Time: 15
- Total Time: 15
- Yield: 8 cups
- ½ cup fresh turmeric root juice ( juice from ¾ cup fresh turmeric root)
- ½ cup fresh ginger root root juice ( juice from ¾ cup fresh ginger root)
- 6 cups cold filtered water
- 1 cup warm water
- 3-4 tablespoons honey (or agave)
- squeeze of lemon or lime to taste
Slice the turmeric and ginger into thin rounds and juice, using an electric juicer (it’s ok to leave skin on). You should end up with 1 cup liquid combined. Add a little water to the juicer to extract more of the juice if you want. Place this in a 2 quart (8 cup) jar, pitcher or container.
Add the honey to 1 cup warm water and stir to combine well. Add this to the jar. Fill the jar with water (about 6 more cups) and squeeze with lemon or lime to taste.
Enjoy this cold, over ice for a refreshing after workout drink. Or heat it up and serve it warm like tea. Stir in a teaspoon of coconut oil if you like ( see post). Or add a shot to warm apple cider.
- Serving Size: 1 cup