Jamu - A Women's Tonic

Jamu is an Indonesian classic health kick drink sold on every street corner. We first tried jamu in Bali. Normally served after a massage or spa treatment - Jamu brings a truly healing finish; moving the massage from great to heavenly.

Jamu is like a hug in a glass for your digestive system- with the extra kick of anti-inflammatory Turmeric - a pick-me-up and cure-all kind of drink.

We’ve taken this recipe from Magdalena Wszelaki who writes a brilliant blog about Hormonal Balance. She is very wise and definitely worth checking out for more recipes. She has a great cookbook too!

When to drink Jamu

  • When you feel a cold coming
  • Sore tummy
  • When you want to get those bowels moving!
  • When you want to warm up
  • For ladies going through ‘The Change’, or experiencing hot flashes

The key healing ingredients are:

  • Turmeric (fresh or dried) - Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and relieves arthritis pain. It can also help with digestive problems including IBS.
  • Ginger root (fresh or dried) - Ginger is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, stimulates digestion, relieves pain associated with PMS, endometriosis and uterine fibroids, and can lessen hot flashes and night sweats.
  • Lemon or lime (juice and peel) - Lemon and lime juice is alkalizing, rejuvenating, uplifting, and toning. The peel of both fruits is liver detoxifying, antimicrobial, and antiviral.
  • Honey - Honey is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, boosts the immune system, and is high in beneficial enzymes. Most medicinal honey is local and raw.

Recipe - Jamu - A Woman's Tonic

Serves: 4 cups

Jamu can either be enjoyed as a warm beverage, as a cold shot at breakfast, or mixed with carbonated mineral water for a nice evening spritzer. The jamu can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks in a mason jar.


  • ½ cup sliced dried turmeric
  • ½ cup sliced ginger
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1-3 teaspoons honey
  • Carbonated mineral water for serving
  • Orange slices for serving
  • Dash of black cracked pepper
  • Teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil

How To Make

Combine the ginger and turmeric in a blender along with the water. Puree until smooth.

Add turmeric-ginger mixture to the pot and bring to a simmer. Once it simmers, turn down the heat to the lowest possible and let the mixture simmer for 25 minutes.

Remove the mixture from the heat and let cool for about 10 minutes before straining it into the jar. Stir in the lime juice and the honey.

To drink as a shot, just add 2-3 tablespoons to a glass and enjoy. To make a spritzer, add 2-3 tablespoons to a large glass along with a few orange slices and ice. Top with carbonated mineral water.

We add a dash of black cracked pepper and olive oil when we serve, to help with the absorption of the turmeric.