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Today, we delve into the world of traditional Indonesian drinks and uncover the magic of Jamu Kunyit. This golden elixir, infused with turmeric's healing properties, has been cherished for generations for its health benefits and unique flavors. As many of our guests have learned about its magic during their tours and are eager to recreate it at home. Let's dive into the wonders of Jamu Kunyit and learn how to craft this super healthy elixir.


The Health Benefits of Jamu Kunyit

Beyond its vibrant color and alluring taste, Jamu Kunyit boasts an array of health benefits that make it a super healthy elixir. Here are some of the key advantages of including this golden drink in your wellness routine

  1. Powerful Anti-inflammatory: Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate joint pain and reduce inflammation in the body.

  2. Antioxidant effects: Curcumin is also a powerful antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals, which can cause cellular damage and contribute to the aging process.

  3. Immune System Support: The antioxidants found in turmeric can boost the immune system, helping the body ward off infections and illnesses.

  4. Pain relief: Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, jamu kunyit is sometimes used to alleviate joint and menstruation pain.

  5. Skin health: Turmeric is known for its skin-friendly properties. Drinking jamu kunyit may help promote healthy skin by reducing inflammation and supporting the body's natural healing processes.

  6. Natural Detoxifier: The harmonious blend of herbs and spices in Jamu Kunyit supports the body's natural detoxification process, promoting overall well-being.

Indonesian woman cooking jamu kunyit

Jamu Kunyit Recipe - Our Favorite Golden Elixir

Now, let's dive into the delightful recipe for Traditional Indonesian elixir Jamu Kunyit, allowing you to savor this treasured elixir from the comfort of your own home.


  • 2-inch piece of fresh turmeric root, grated (or 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder)

  • 2 cups of water

  • 1 tablespoon of tamarind paste

  • 1 tablespoon of honey or palm sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger

  • A pinch of black pepper (to enhance curcumin absorption)

  • Optional: a dash of lime juice for extra zing


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a gentle boil.

  2. Add the grated turmeric and ginger to the boiling water, allowing the flavors to infuse. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

  3. Stir in the tamarind paste, honey, and black pepper, ensuring they blend harmoniously.

  4. Turn off the heat and let the Jamu Kunyit cool down.

  5. Strain the liquid into a glass to remove any remaining particles.

  6. For a final touch, add a dash of lime juice if desired and stir well.

  7. Voila! Your revitalizing and nutritious Jamu Kunyit is ready to enchant your taste buds and nurture your body.

At Niskala Tours, we offer unique experiences for those interested in creating ancient herbal drinks like Jamu and herbal skincare products. Make an enquiry if you want to create your own herbal treasures together with Balinese herbalists, uncovering the secrets of traditional remedies. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage, revitalizing your body and nourishing your soul.


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