A toast—and a boost—to your health!
Soaking up the ubiquitous Bali sunshine is one way to take your vitamins (specifically, immune-boosting Vitamin D), but there’s another way to improve your health while on the Island of the Gods: the ancient herbal tonic, djamu. While it’s widely used by locals to cure all types of ailments, little is known about this powerful concoction elsewhere in the world apart from its main ingredient, turmeric. Read on to learn its history, and try one of several recipes on the Beach Club menu to taste the magic for yourself.
Djamu is believed to date back as early as the fifth century and its existence can be traced to an ancient almanac that mentions the use of herbs as a healing power. An inscription at Candi Borobudur, Java’s UNESCO-protected temple built in the eighth century, depicts the use of mortar and pestle in a relief showing medicinal healing and massage.