The origin of jamu, a traditional Indonesian herbal medicine, dates back around 1,300 years ago to the Mataram Kingdom. All these years later, it’s still very much a part of everyday life on the holiday island of Bali — and possibly the cure-all your tired, hungover self has been looking for.
Jamu is believed to improve general mental and physical wellbeing, as well as cure a range of ailments from run-of-the-mill hangovers to sore joints and depression. But it’s not just one jamu recipe. A Mataram medicine book from the 1700s lists around 3,000 jamu recipes, many of which are still in use today thanks to the families who have passed them down from generation to generation. While most jamu concoctions contain a variety of roots, seeds, flowers, herbs, and spices, most of today’s takes on the revered treatment come infused with turmeric.