A Jamu Story: Making the Most of Nature

Imaji Studio

JAMU is an Indonesian word that refers to herbal concoctions (drinks, powder, pills, etc) with recipes passed down from our ancestors and has become an essential part of our culture. Although the word jamu may have underlying negative stigma because of the bitter taste, there is a deep philosophy behind this local wisdom. The word itself comes from old Javanese, jam from jampi which means prayers and the 'U' from usodo which means health. So culturally, the creation of jamu is a person's prayer of good health. Most families in the island of Java grows their own herbs or pick them outside to blend them and create jamu. It...

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