Jamu – an Indonesian anti-inflammatory

Jamu, meaning a "prayer for health" in old Javanese, is a juice of Indonesian origin. Jamu is a healthy anti-inflammatory which also boosts digestion and strengthens your immune system.



  • 200g fresh turmeric 
  • 60g fresh ginger
  • 1.5 litres coconut water
  • Pinch of black pepper (optional)
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 4 tablespoons honey



Wash, then slice the turmeric and ginger into thin disks (no need to peel)

Add the turmeric, ginger, black pepper and coconut water into a blender. Blend on high speed for about a minute, until it’s a smooth mixture, if you need to you can do this in batches depending on the blender size.

Pour the mixture into a large saucepan. Bring it to a boil then reduce the heat and let simmer for around 20 minutes. 

Add the lemon juice and honey, giving it a few stirs.

Carefully strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve or muslin cloth into a large jug. Using a funnel for ease (if you have one – see notes) pour into a glass bottle and refrigerate. 

I like it chilled, but can also be enjoyed warm.

Makes approximately 1.25 litres


Turmeric stains easily, I would advise wearing an apron or dark clothing, and having a towel / dishcloth on hand that you don’t mind staining.

A funnel is not essential, you can simply pour very carefully.

The high fibre content of jamu makes it a great digestive, but can have a laxative effect on some people. Start with half a glass a day.

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