Herbal Healing Indo Style
Balinese culture has its roots in the Majapahit Kingdoms of Java, which date back to the 8th century, so it stands to reason, Jamu, Java’s traditional healthy and beauty system, has blossomed on Indonesia’s last remaining Hindu island. Just as the point of Balinese spiritual life is to cultivate harmony by balancing light and dark energy, Jamu balances hot and cold elements within through a regiment of tonics made from indigenous plants. Some tonics induce sweat, others relieve stomach problems, and kunyit or turmeric is a popular daily tonic used by millions to detoxify the blood and stimulate healthy circulation. Even in today’s modernizing Bali, this ancient art thrives as it’s often more affordable for folks to consult with a Jamu healer than a medical doctor. And Jamu tonics are available from herbalists and in some cafe's throughout Ubud, the island’s cultural heart.