We have always been juicing like crazy in our house and adding turmeric and ginger is not a new thing for us.
The anti-inflammatory benefits and healing properties of these particular ingredients are well researched and have proven to relieve aches and pains and promote a healthy body.
During our time in Bali however, we discovered a whole new way of getting our turmeric and ginger fix; Jamu - or sometimes also called Jamu juice. - a delicious, natural, anti-inflammatory elixir which has become a household stable.
These days it is popular to spice the juice up with many different ingredients such as coconut water, cinnamon, pineapple juice and apple cider vinegar, but the at the base it is simply made with fresh turmeric, ginger, honey and a squeeze of lemon.
We prefer to drink it as a refreshing cold beverage with ice cubes, but it can also be enjoyed hot as a sort of tea.
To make basic Jamu (you can then experiment and spice yours up to taste) you will approximately need:
- ½ cup fresh turmeric root juice
- ½ cup fresh ginger root juice
- 6 cups cold filtered water
- 1 cup of warm water
- 3–4 tablespoons honey
- a squeeze of lemon or lime to taste
Using organic turmeric and ginger you can give them a quick wash and leave the skin on. (for non-organic produce, we recommend removing the skin.) Then, simply juice the turmeric and ginger in a juicer and add the cold water and the lemon. Dissolve the honey in the warm water and mix it in. You can also use a blender and strain the juice if you do not have a juicer.
Pour over ice - enjoy! :)
Tip: To radically enhance the absorption rate of curcumin, the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, and take full advantage of its anti-inflammatory properties; add in a bit of freshly ground pepper when making your batch.