One of the advantages of having Linda and I on opposite sides of the globe is that we can share with you a wider range of cultural experiences from our regional foods. Here’s an example from my “neck of the woods”.
Jamu is a refreshing and healthy Indonesian drink, coming from a culture where the adage “food is medicine and medicine is food” truly exists. Add this to our previous posts about the anti-inflammation properties of turmeric and curcumin (see info at bottom of post; check out our other turmeric-based tea recipes).
It addition to being tasty, Jamu makes a great detox for party over-indulgence (Happy New Years, by the way). You can also choose to drink this warm. If so, add a little coconut oil to bump up the nutrition and further help the bioavailability of the curcumin.
Thank you to my good friend and GYROTONIC colleague, Juergen for the heads-up on this health drink. And big kudos to http://www.nood.net.au for the recipe.
I’d advise you to wear disposable gloves and be careful where you make this. Fresh turmeric will stain things a beautiful bright yellow, otherwise. Stainless steel and glass isn’t a problem, and yellow hands will fade. But clothes and white stone bench tops can suffer. If your stone counter top or cutting board gets stained, don’t freak out. Just use some white vinegar and bicarb.
1/2 C Turmeric root, fresh and rough chopped
3 cm (1/2 thumb sized) piece Ginger, roughly chopped
4 C Water
2 tsp Honey, raw (or Coconut sugar)
Juice of 1 Lime
1/2 tsp Black pepper
BLITZ in a blender turmeric, ginger and 1/2 cup water at high speed until smooth.
POUR puree into a small saucepan.
ADD remaining water and honey and bring to a boil.
REDUCE to a gentle simmer for 20 minutes.
TURN OFF heat and add lime juice and black pepper.
POUR mixture through a fine strainer or muslin bag and strain the mixture into a bowl or directly into a bottle.
KEEP in the fridge for a week.
TURMERIC is a member of the ginger family and really does hold super food status due to its length list of health benefits. It is held in high regard in both India and China where it is commonly used for Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicinal purposes. The presence of the compound ‘curcumin’ is said to alleviate arthritis and joint inflammation as well as aid in the reduction and prevention of cancer cell growth. It is a high antioxidant and has a positive effect on cholesterol levels. It is also widely used in conjunction with ‘detoxification programs’ due to its cleansing and anti-inflammatory effect on the liver.
FRESH GINGER has historically been known to aid with gastro-intestinal issues and aid in the relief of nausea (especially due to motion sickness). It contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called ‘gingerols’ which have been known to reduce pain and inflammation for people suffering from arthritis or sore muscles. Furthermore, the ‘heat’ or spiciness associated with fresh ginger can help promote healthy sweating (extracting bacteria from our bodies out through our pores) which has been known to aid with relief from the flu – it also aids in the natural detoxification process of the body.
Raw, unprocessed HONEY is an amazing anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal ingredient and has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties, especially in China. Known as a ‘super-food’, unprocessed honey still contains both the pollen and the resin from the bee’s themselves which are the elements that contain these outstanding health benefits.