Immune Boosting Drink (Indonesian Jamu)

Updated: Mar 31

With the Coronavirus pandemic, the best thing we can do is to take care of our health and not to dive into the fear.

With my Indonesian roots, I grew up eating foods that use a lot of fresh herbs and ingredients.

Nature provides us with medicine, and in Indonesia, we have women (usually older women) who would carry bottles of a variety of herbal mixture drinks, 'Jamu', on their backs, and provide them to the rest of the community.

Jamu has many benefits, depending on the certain herbs used.

Studies have shown the many benefits of turmeric:

anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antioxidant, antiparasitic, prevents cancer

Black pepper helps with the absorption of the curcumin, the chemical compound in turmeric.

Benefits of Ginger:

anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antihistamine

Benefits of Raw Honey:

antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine

Now, I want to share with you a recipe of a jamu that has all of those ingredients, which will help to strengthen your immune system!



5 fresh turmeric (peeled & grated)

2 to 4-inch of fresh ginger (peeled & grated)

1.5-2 lemons

Raw Honey (optional, but best to not substitute with any other kind of sweetener)

Black pepper (about a pinch)

2L of filtered water


1) Wash your hands ;)

2) Grate the turmeric & ginger

3) Put 2L water in a pot with the grated turmeric & ginger, and bring the water to boil. Then, bring the water down to simmer and simmer for about 20- minutes until the water turns to golden-orange-red.

4) Strain the liquid, and add lemon juice & raw honey as much as you'd like (about 1-2 tablespoons) and black pepper. Stir until well combined.

5) You can serve warm straight away and pour the rest into glass bottles. Store in the fridge. Remember to drink it daily.


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