Maybe it may sound surprising for you that in the 21st century a large number of the local people in Indonesia still rely on jamu practice, which is based on the natural and traditional ways of dealing with health issues. However, as a country that has an exquisitely diverse flora, enriched with the enormously large number of herbal species, there is no wonder that local people have started to explore their potential beneficial effects centuries ago.
Internationally famous jamu practice gathers the results of all of the herbalists’ works in the area of traditional medicine, so let’s find out more about this interesting traditional treatment.
History of Jamu
The usage of herbs in the process of dealing with different health conditions is characteristic of numerous civilizations. In the beginning, Indonesian people used herbs to treat scars and wounds. As the time went by, they started to realize that these herbs may also help in dealing with numerous other problems, including immunity issues, headaches etc.
During the 17th century, when the Javanese princesses started to use these herbal mixtures and lotions as the beauty products as well, healing herbal products started to develop more rapidly and they were taken more seriously; people started to explore new species and their optimal combinations and, in addition to that, they started to increase the number of ways they can be used – potions, lotions, oils, pomades and various other forms became available. Accordingly, that’s the period of Indonesian history that we can refer to as the beginning of the original jamu practice in Indonesia. From the beginnings of this ancient practice, more than 350 jamu recipes have been collected and they are based on the usage of more than 150 ingredients!
Importance of Jamu Ingredients
Considered as the elixir of life, jamu is preventively drunk on a daily level by a large number of Indonesian people and its taste varies depending on its ingredients that can be herbal and non-herbal.
Parts of the herbs that are commonly used in the process of Jamu preparation are seeds, barks, leaves, and flowers, as well as roots and fruits. On the other hand, some of the frequently added elements that additionally improve this potion and have non-herbal origins are ayam kampung eggs, milk, honey, and royal jelly.
For example, jamu based on turmeric is said to be helpful for dealing with menstrual cramps and it is generally good for solving fertility issues. Headaches and pain after insect stings are easily eliminated by the usage of jamu based on peppermint oil. Rose apple jamu refreshes your breath and jamu made of kepel fruit.
The Beneficial Effects and Usage of Jamu
As a completely safe natural medicine, jamu remained one of the best health and beauty allies of both men and women and there is a wide variety of its forms that are used depending on the condition that is treated. In addition to being a great way to prevent numerous illnesses, jamu is helpful when:
- Having unbalanced metabolism
- Experiencing digestion difficulties
- Treating infertility and menstrual irregularity
- Dealing with various types of pains and aches
- Trying to ease the effects of numerous types of chronic diseases
Depending on its ingredients and purposes, jamu nowadays can be found in a wide variety of forms, starting from drinks and pastes, all the way to distillations and infusions, but before trying out any of these jamu forms, you should contact a herbalist who will be able to tell you which one is the best solution for your specific case.