5 Minutes of Self Love

By JUARA Co-Founder, Metta Murdaya

February 14 is supposed to be a day of love, but really, wouldn’t it be great of it were all days of love? I personally think taking care of thyself comes number one – because from there we are in a better position to love others – and be loved. Often we take ourselves for granted and that “we can do it!” as we run through the day, attending to others’ needs, getting our job done, and the next thing you know, we’re too tired to even wash our face before passing out! (*Gasp* says the skincare line founder, moi.)

So – 5 minutes…It feels like forever when you’re waiting for someone to leave a parking spot, or like a second when spending it with a loved one about to board a plane. It’s all about what you make of the time. And if you think you’re worth it, then 5 minutes is almost nothing to spend each day – especially if broken out into small intervals. Try some of these 1 minute rituals and see what they can bring to your day. Do all or repeat what resonates with you 5x a day, or make up your own. (Then please share! I want to know what works for you!) I know that for me it helps me feel a little more grounded and glad.


This is clearly not an original suggestion, but still worth noting to practice. Taking 60 seconds of space helps clear your mind and ground you – allowing for the space to mentally regroup, reflect, and also re-oxygenate. I find that even smiling when I breathe (or even imagine yourself smiling if it’s less appropriate to be doing a solo-grinfest) helps lift mood. Counting breaths also help – believe it or not, I find it easier to count down vs count up if becoming distracted mid-count is an issue.

Say Those Three Words.

No, not I Love Me (hehe, of course.) Take a moment for a mini-reflection of your feelings or mood. State 3 words that describe how your feel. This small practice of being present and grounding yourself in the moment helps you feel clearer of mind, perhaps even ready to tackle what’s next. Even if the emotions feel negative, at least you’re aware of them and not just reacting to them, and constantly being reactive can feel very draining.

Mini Facial Massage.

We have many pressure points on our face – and some are easily accessible for low-maintenance self care. Using thumbs to give these points a firm-yet-gentle press can help release tension and increase circulation, which in turn also brings fresh nutrients from the blood into our facial area. I like pressing in on my temples for a few seconds and repeating a few times. Pressing upwards on the inner parts of my eyebrows, as well as across the cheekbones feels nice too. Doing gentle massage circles at the jawline and outside the side edges of your mouth is surprisingly relaxing – especially for those of you who grind your teeth, clench a lot, or well, talk a lot too. Give that jaw some TLC.

Spice It Up.

I like to have Ginger powder, Turmeric powder, and Cinnamon powder ready within reach in my kitchen. Take a second to add a pinch of spice into your anything you eat or drink, like cinnamon in your coffee, turmeric on your eggs, ginger in the stir fry – just a little smidge each day still gives health benefits and that special touch of gourmet. Because hey, we’re special.

Vibe Good Mojo at Someone.

Take a moment to think about someone you care about – whether in your daily life of someone you haven’t seen in a while, and why you’re grateful for their presence (or input) in your life. This should be a positive feeling. Then reach out (or make a mental note to), call, email, or even just text a hello. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Studies show that longevity is correlated to having strong social bonds and connections, so taking a minute a day to reflect on your social bonds can be a reminder to keep investing in healthy friendships and living longer!

Happy Lovin’!

Deliciously Soft, Juicy Skin with this Quick & Easy DIY Mask

By JUARA Co-Founder, Yoshiko Roth-Hidalgo

“OMG, you have to check this out, I can’t stop touching my skin!”  That was my chat message to my partners Metta and Jill, after I experimented with a new DIY face mask recipe to help with my winter-parched, rough skin.

I love to experiment when I cook.  No matter how specific a recipe is, I can’t help but tweak it somehow, even if in small ways, just to see what happens to the flavor.  Same thing with skincare.  I am constantly experimenting with products, not only with what I use, but also how I use them.  That’s how I stumbled across this easy and quick DIY face mask that left my skin soft, supple, almost juicy…simply yummy.

What makes this so easy is the fact that you are combining 2 actual products, JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner and Radiance Vitality Oil, with 2 readily available food ingredients:  brown sugar and honey.  This mixture together makes for a luscious treatment that polishes, hydrates and smooths skin immediately.  The toner is packed with hyaluronic acid, tamarind seed extract and soothing green tea, white tea and black tea extracts.  The face oil nourishes skin with 7 different omega fatty acids (3, 5, 6, 7 & 9) and Vitamin C.  Sugar acts as a polish but together with honey also acts as a wonderful humectant.  This recipe is so quick and easy, you can do this mask any time of the day, as a quick pick-me-up or as part of a relaxing ritual.

Ingredients & Directions:   

Brown Sugar  – 2 teaspoons

Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner – 2 pumps

Radiance Vitality Oil – 1 dropper-ful (not just 1 drop!)

Honey – Big Drizzle, 0r up to 1 teaspoon


Gather all ingredients.  Add all ingredients in a small glass bowl and mix with a spoon.  Add more of the ingredients to get the right consistency.  As the sugar starts to melt, it will become a slushy consistency, that spreads easily on the skin.

Apply all over face massage lightly in circular motion.  Leave on for 10-15 minutes.  I even leave it on for an hour or so, while I do all kinds of household chores and other work.  Rinse off with lots of tepid water and pat dry.  You can follow with a moisturizer for added dewiness, if you like.  For my normal to dry skin type, I usually don’t.

Enjoy smooth, supple skin!

Veggie Friendly Protein Sources

Meatless Mondays. Fish Friendly Fridays.

Many of us are slowly cutting meat out of our diets. Whether that’s by deliberate choice, by taste, or by the sheer popularity of the meatless fad, more and more of us (myself included) are wracking our brains to come up with healthy, non carb-overload-y solutions to the meat free dinner.

But how can we make sure our new diet isn’t leaving our bodies hungry for energy-fueling protein?

When I first cut down my red meat intake, I was tired all the time. It took me a few weeks to realize that I had been replacing all of the protein in my life with carbs. Oatmeal for breakfast, hummus & pita for lunch, pasta for dinner. This carb-heavy diet left me with erratic energy: peaks of high energy right after eating and lethargic crashes a few hours later.

I had to find a solution. A protein replacement.

And after a bit of research, here’s what I found. 6 Delicious & Nutritious vegetarian protein replacements! Click the images for easy recipe ideas.


Almond Butter

Want to make your own Almond Butter? You can here…

Chia Seeds

The pictures of nothing else are beautiful! Even better they have the recipes!

Sesame Seeds


Open Sesame! More than magic words, these seeds pack a healthful punch, just see the recipes!


You can get some great Quinoa recipes here! I’m thinking of which one to make first…


Please pass the peas! How could we pass up these vegetarian recipes?


As delicious as the pictures are scrumptious, find some recipes here!

Ingredient Spotlight: Candlenut

Oh the Candlenut. Also known as Kemiri in Indonesian, Kukui in Hawaii, and a staple in food, beauty, and health treatments. Also known affectionately as “the poor man’s macadamia nut” in Indonesia, we love this ingredient for not only its variety of uses but the benefits it has! Here are some popular uses in Indonesia:


  • Crushed into bits, the soft candlenuts can create a beautiful exfoliating and hydrating scrub – the soft nuts gently slough off dead skin cells while the dry oils of the candlenut moisturize your skin at the same time.
  • Candlenut oil is an extremely popular choice for a deep conditioning/head massage treatment called the Cremebath, for making hair healthy and black, with a silky shine.


  • A staple in Indonesian cuisine, Candlenuts are often cooked into curries, giving dishes a delicious, lightly nutty and savory flavor.
  • Toasted whole, it tastes like a lighter, crunchier version of a macadamia nut – bon apetit! (Note: Candlenuts must be cooked before eaten.)


  • The oil from roasted candlenuts can be massaged into a babies’ head as a treatment for cradle cap. The dry oil penetrates skin gently and deeply, without any greasy afterfeel (hence its signature velvety feel), leaving skin healthy and not covered in oil.
  • Candlenut (aka Kukui nut) oil is also great for giving relief to eczematic skin due to its high skin penetrability, allowing moisture to enter while also letting skin breathe.

Candlenut Oil  is very high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA).  In fact, the oil is 69% EFA, which puts it up there with Flax Seed Oil and Chia Seed Oil (71% and 70% respectively).  Almond Oil has 17%, Avocado has 10%, Rice Bran Oil has 36%, just to give you perspective. Why is this important?  Application of EFA is key in strengthening the skin’s lipid barrier which is why, for example, Evening Primrose Oil (81%) is often prescribed for Eczema Patients.

It also contains glycerides of linoleic, oleic and various linolenic acids, which are essential to skin health.

We love the oil so much our cult classic product, the Candlenut Body Creme, is based on Candlenut oil! As the product that started it all for JUARA, it has become a love-at-first-sight product for countless JUARA customers, celebrities and beauty editors. An ultra-nourishing complex of velvety Candlenut Oil, firming Rice Bran Oil, redness-reducing Avocado Oil and rich Illipe Butter give you long-lasting moisture without the greasiness… definitely more than just a “feel good” product, but one that’s good for you. Curious? Learn more here.

Candlenut Body Creme

Likewise, our popular Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel is a sulfate-free, delightfully foaming body cleanser infused with candlenut oil that takes you to the tropics with our signature Candlenut fragrance, while leaving your skin supple, clean, and soft. Encased in an elegant bottle, this shower gel is as pleasing to use as it is to the eye in the beautiful batik-inspired bottle and easy-to-use pump. Curious? Learn more here

Summer Readiness – Here We Come.

Summer is the season for sunshine!  With beaches, dining al fresco, summer fridays (read: buh-bye office walls!), and generally being outdoors, you can easily be more prepared than you realize! You’ve heard repeatedly to never leave the house without sunblock, reapply several times a day (as its effectiveness reduces with light exposure, or just from coming off from sweat/daily activities), but there’s a few extra tricks up our sleeve to keep your skin summer fresh and healthy. Being inspired by Indonesia, a tropical country with sun all year round, JUARA knows what a doozy rays near the equator, eternal sun and humidity can do, so here’s our faves to tackle common sun related skin situations!


Oops. Didn’t we say slather up the SPF? Well, it happens to the best of us… the sunburn. Sunburns are caused when skin is overexposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays and can happen in as little as 15 minutes, but can take 2-6 hours for the symptoms to appear. Some symptoms of mild sunburn include redness and tenderness, and for that, our Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner is a great skin soothing treatment. It contains rice bran extract, which specifically reduces redness and irritation, hyaluronic acid and tamarind see extract to moisturize and cool – without oil or alcohol, and triple tea extracts packed with anti0xidants. It really is instant relief. (For serious symptoms including blistering, fever, chills and nausea, we suggest going to the doctor!)



Does summer weather and humidity put your skin into a tizzy? Does your skin range from “well, it’s rather shiny” to “a greasy mess?” Our Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Mattefying Moisturizer is oil-free, yet contains Kombucha, our anti-aging fermented black tea complex, plus ginger and cinnamon that reduces sebum production. This means the moisturizer does not only reduce oil-induced shine at the moment, but it also means that the more time you use it over, the less “shiny” your skin will naturally become!

Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Mattefying Moisturizer

Another anti-shine darling? Our Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum. Also with our Turmeric infused Radiance Complex, this oil-free serum serves as excellent hydration with seaweed, while containing skin firming ingredients including palm peptides, clove flower, and goji berries. Like an exotic fruit cocktail for your face – just less messy, and way more immediate in its firming, skin-smoothing results!

JUARA Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum


Once you’ve been exposed to a day of rays, it’s always good to refresh and rejuvinate your skin! Counter sun, travel, or pollution exposure with our Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask, which contains our potent Turmeric extract which neutralizes free radicals and brightens for a healthy “I am so HEALTHY!” glow. And we like to get our sexy natural radiance on – ready for the next day. This mask also contains Kaolin Clay is blended with Candlenut Oil to purify skin, absorbing impurities, while also keeping it moist and not overdried. Great for all skin types, just make sure you take it off when you leave the house because it just feels THAT GOOD on after 10 minutes! (Or just do what we do for a super treatment – apply a thin layer and leave on overnight. Wake up to the morning glow. Literally.)


And of course, we remind you to stay hydrated, make sure your sunglasses have a UV filter on them, try out a sun parasol if you’re feeling particularly stylish like some do in Asia, and keep smiling! Got any sun tips to share? We’d love to hear it!

You can see the JUARA products here

Simple and Inexpensive Ideas to Make Mom Feel Extra Special

As the daughter of a mother who has always put the needs of others above her own, I am always in search of gifts that would show the love and appreciation I feel for my mom.  Wellness and self-care are high on my list, but I also know that spending time together is a big thing for my mom.  Interestingly, as a mother of 3 little kids, I crave me-time and catching up on sleep.  My mother, on the other hand, as I know a lot of mothers of grown kids do, values few things more than spending QT with her kids.  Here are some simple, inexpensive ideas to combine a beauty gift with time together.


1)  Give Mom a Hand Treatment

Who doesn’t love a great hand cream!  Hand Creams are amongst the most popular Mother’s Day gift ideas, but you can turn a simple hand cream into a super relaxing experience for Mom.  Next time you see her in person, sit down with her and give her a 5-minute massage.  There are a ton of how-to’s online, including this one on Wiki:  Want to take it even further?  Prep your mother’s hands and lower arm with a gentle cream scrub you can just wipe off before following with a hand cream.

Suggested Products:

Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm ($20, 2.5 oz/ 73 mL)

Candlenut Body Crème ($35, 7.5 oz/ 213 g)

Candlenut Body Polish ($35, 7.5 oz/ 213 g)


2)  Found a Great Mask? Mask & Relax Together!

There is something incredibly relaxing about putting on a mask, maybe because it forces us to slow down a bit.  Why not take a 10 minute break with you Mom, apply the mask and sit down with her with a cup of soothing herbal tea!

Suggested Products:

Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask ($38, 2.5 oz/ 73 mL)

Java Plum Avocado Nourishing Mask ($38, 2.5 oz/ 73 mL)

Rose Willowbark Purifying Mask ($38, 2.5 oz/ 73 mL)


3)  Enjoy a Home Made Jamu with Mom

What’s good for health and wellness is also good for outer beauty.  Jamu, the ancient Indonesian herbal tradition goes back centuries, but you can easily re-create a simplified Jamu drink at home and enjoy with your Mom.  Pour boiling water over a few slices of fresh turmeric and/ or ginger.  Add lemon, honey and a dash of black pepper – voila!  If fresh turmeric is hard to come by, just mix some turmeric powder with honey to create a paste and drop into a cup of hot water.

Check out this detailed recipe for a quick-and-easy Jamu!


4)  Try Some Beginner Yoga Moves Together (or Tai Chi, Pilates, Stretches, etc.)

Perhaps your Mom already does Yoga.  Maybe Tai Chi is more up her ally – It does not really matter, as long as it is simple for both of you and creates a shared experience that allows you to be present in the moment without any of the usual distractions.

Check out these beginner poses from Health Magazine.

You can see the JUARA products here

Happy Mother’s Day!


Turmeric in Sweets? Try these Delicious Blueberry Peach Turmeric Muffins!

We all know Turmeric from Indian, Thai and Indonesian food.  It gives curry its yellow color and adds a slightly bitter, mustardy flavor. Turmeric is also one of the most important Indonesian Jamu ingredients with all kinds of powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.  But sweets?  Absolutely!  After playing around with various amounts of Turmeric and fruit combinations, I went bold – voila, curry colored muffins that are fluffy and aromatic with beautiful pops of purple color and juicy peach.

What’s key?  Use whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular whole wheat flour to get a more delicate texture.  Buttermilk or Kefir ups the fluffiness factor.  Cinnamon and brown sugar adds depth while also balancing the assertiveness of Turmeric.  And lots of real butter….butter makes everything in life better… Enjoy for breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea.


1 1/4 Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

1/4 Oat Bran

1/4 Flax Seeds

1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

Pinch of Salt

1 tbs+1 tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tbs Cinnamon

1/2 cup+1 tbs Brown Sugar

1/2 cup+ 1 tbs Butter, melted

2/3 cup Kefir or Buttermilk

2 eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Banana, ripe and mashed

1 cup Peaches, chopped (canned peaches ok)

1 cup Fresh Blueberries (frozen Blueberries seep too much juice and alter the curry color)



Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tray with muffin liners.

With a hand mixer, combine brown sugar, butter, buttermilk and vanilla extract until smooth.  Add eggs and mix until smooth.  In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients, spices and salt.  Add the dry combination to the wet mixture while continuing to blend with hand mixer.  Once the mixture is smooth and fluffy, add mashed banana and mix well.  Put away hand mixer and carefully fold in chopped peaches and blueberries.  Fill muffin cups and bake 20 minutes.  Insert a toothpick into a muffin.  If there is no dough stuck to it when you pull it out, the muffins are done.


5-Minute Self-Care in a Jamu Drink for 25 Cents

Better self-care is high on my list of new year resolutions.  As a mother of 3 little kids, I have also become an ULTRA-pragmatist.   Unless something is quick and easy (and financially reasonable), I know I won’t do it on a consistent basis, no matter how good it is for me.  In other words, acts of self-care have to fit into YOUR life.  Committing to one Jamu drink a day has long been one of my self-care goals.  After playing around with various Jamu recipes, I’d like to share with you my 5-minute version of Kunyit Asem (a Jamu drink made with Turmeric and Tamarind) that is super easy to make but packs a punch.

This drink is a wonderful way to start the day or to calm down before you go to bed, or whenever you have a free 5-minute window in between.  Kunyit Asem has a long tradition in Indonesian medicine to treat and prevent a whole list of ailments.  Turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory properties that help with joint pain, stomach issues, diabetes and even depression, while Tamarind is said to help with cold & flu symptoms, nausea and blood sugar balance.

Also:  While I think it’s awesome that when you are in a hurry, you can now just buy Jamu-like drinks at the health food store or juice bar, they are not exactly cheap.  This 5-minute Kunyit Asem will cost you about 25 cents per serving.  So here it goes:

You Need:

  • Re-usable tea bag or coffee filter
  • Grater (e.g. cheese or garlic grater; a zester would be too fine)
  • Half a Knob of Fresh Turmeric
  • Quarter Knob of Fresh Ginger (Optional.  Technically not part of Kunyit Asem, but yummy nontheless)
  • Tamarind Paste
  • Dash of fresh black pepper (makes the active in Turmeric more bio-available!)
  • Raw Honey to taste


  1. Bring a cup of water to boil (takes about 3 minutes) and put reusable filter/ tea bag over a mug.
  2. In the meantime, wash the Turmeric and Ginger and grate it straight into the filter/ tea bag.  Don’t worry about peeling the Turmeric and Ginger if you wash it’s organic and you wash it thoroughly.
  3. Pour boiling water into the mug.  Steep for about 1 minute.
  4. Remove filter and mix in half a table spoon of Tamarind Paste into the tea.  Add a dash of black pepper and raw Honey to taste.



Notes on Ingredients and Tools:

  • Reusable Coffee Filter:  I use Primula Single Service Coffee Brew Buddy, which is sold for $6.75 at Amazon.
  • Grater:  I use OXO Good Grips Coarse Grater, which is sold for $11.99 at Amazon.
  • Fresh Organic Turmeric is sold on Amazon for $8.65/ lb.  Wholefoods sells if for $7.99  My Indian grocery store sells it for $6.99/ lb.
  • Fresh Ginger is usually about $4.99/ lb at a regular grocery store.
  • Tamarind Paste:  I use SWAD Tamarind Concentrate which cost $5.49 for a 14 oz jar at Wholefoods, $3.99 at my Indian grocery store (52 half-tablespoon servings per jar) at the healthfood store.
  • You can read more information on the ingredients’ health benefits, click:  Turmeric, Ginger and Tamarind)





Mental Anti-Aging Practices

As the co-founder of JUARA, I’m often told “You don’t look your age.” To which I say jokingly, but not really, “Well of course… I use JUARA. You’re looking at the original guinea pig!” But in addition, they also say “Well, it’s also because you don’t ACT your age.” Now that’s a different thing. Judgment aside, I think they mean “You have more energy, always on the go, excited about something, and therefore look younger!” I did some thinking – against what standard am I supposed to act? I don’t feel ANY age – only my arthritic hip reminds me I’m not in my 20’s. But I do feel alive – and I think it shows.

There is an Indonesian philosophy about beauty called Rupasampat Wahyabiantara, which focuses on harmony between inner and outer beauty. With time, outer beauty may gracefully age, but inner beauty, knowledge and a youthful attitude can still blossom through time. I have a few, what I call, mental anti-aging practices I’ve found helpful over the years, which has not only kept me energized, but has also emanated youthfulness on the face. Speaking from my own experiences, here are a few I’d love to share, and plan on taking well into the new year!

Always learn something new, or improve something

Whether it’s another skill, another language, sport or just learning a different perspective of how others think, having an orientation of learning not only triggers neurons in the brain to create more new brain cells (you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!), but it also keeps the mind fresh, youthful and curious – not to mention current since the world is changing so quickly! The beauty of watching little children, as I watch my young nephews grow form babies through toddlerhood, is the wonder they have at everything. The positive sense that there is something out there that we can learn is beautiful, and feeling that way does brighten the eyes encourage the smile – both awesome and natural beauty enhancers, au naturale!

Practice gratitude to reduce stress

We know stress is a part of our everyday lives. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, from work, family, or just life! And stress doesn’t only bring on the frownies including furrowed brows and a frown (hello wrinkles!) but it also triggers an inflammation in the body which can also have negative effects on the skin including aging. A little exercise I like to do when I’m feeling particularly stressed or overwhelmed is to stop and just breathe for a minute, then think of 3 things that I am truly grateful for at that moment. It can be simple – like my Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum that I can apply and it’s like an instant feel-good pick-me-up (this is not a plug from a brand owner, it is genuinely true…), friends who make sure I’m ok since I travel so much, and a bed at home which supports me well when I need to collapse at the end of a long, long weary day – we’ve all had those! Simple pleasures, really. And it does reduce stress. And Turmeric – adding Turmeric to your diet also helps your body better manage stress.

Do something that you believe in

There’s nothing that radiates youthful, positive energy like someone who is absolutely passionate about something they are doing, large or small. 2016, to say the least, has been hard on a lot of us for many reasons. 2017 is a time for not just reflection but change. We’ve had to think about what is important to us, now it’s time to act. Dedicating mindspace and time to support a cause that you feel strongly about can give you energy (vs imagine doing chores or tasks you abhore… how draining is that?). For me, supporting education has been important since Indonesia is a country where many children and young adults don’t have access to a good education – which means limited life/career opportunities – so I volunteer in organizations to help. It’s fulfilling, and I always feel energized after – and yes, in general, it does show on my skin when it’s been a good day, vs a bad.

I can’t understate the importance of a healthy skin maintenance routine. I view it as a form of self care, respecting our bodies and how we treat it. The time we spend on our skin is time spent nourishing ourselves! We formulate JUARA products using clean ingredients in the Indonesian heritage combined with safe technology that makes the products work, leaving us feeling really good after – because that’s how we should feel. I still remind myself why we named our skincare line JUARA, which means winner/champion, because to be champions of our destiny, mind and body, a good inside-out mental + physical practice is an important part of the journey!

Let’s Drink in the New Year!

And no, I’m not referring to the  “would you like that shaken or stirred?” drink variety. I’m talking more of the post holiday Jamu inspired easy-to-make herbal drinks that specifically address digestion and cleansing because, well, the holidays. Maybe your new year comes filled with resolutions, new goals, and aspirations. Perhaps we tell ourselves “I promise to eat better and exercise more.” Every. Single. Year. But to help get into that mode, let’s reset our bodies and give our systems an encouraging boost from all the holiday feasting with this easy to make, delicious and natural tea from Indonesia!

Wedang Jahe

This gingery spicy drink can be drunk hot or cold, and is easy to make. Ginger, a root in the same family as turmeric, cardammon, and galangal, is used heavily in Jamu tradition to aid with overfull or upset tummies and nausea. It is warming and great for circulation. Lemongrass contains vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese – plus a delightfully pungent and flowery citrus aroma. BOTH are also known to be anti-inflammatory (great for our digestive tract overworked from indulgence), anti-bacterial (great for upset tummies), and contain anti-oxidant properties. Prepared together, it’s like a match made in heaven, or at least that’s what your body will think. This traditional drink’s recipe is loose and simple – play with the ingredient amounts to taste, the way people in Indonesia make their own versions.

  • Combine 2 parts fresh ginger (washed and sliced thin) with 1 part fresh lemongrass (chopped roughly is best) with several cups of water.
  • Bring to an easy boil for at least 20 minutes to bring out the flavor and nutrients out.
  • Optional: We add a Pandan Leaf towards the end to add a sweet, green fragrance to the tea, but in the US, you can substitute with a dash of vanilla extract after done boiling, for aroma.
  • Pour the tea (without the ginger and lemongrass bits) into mugs of choice. Sweeten with honey, agave, palm sugar, or brown sugar, or coconut sugar.

The great part is if you don’t drink all the tea at once, it’s easy to store the remaining unsweetened tea in the fridge, with the ginger/lemongrass bits still in it. The tea will just become more flavorful! Reheat whenever you want more.

Pro tip:

If you’re a ginger lover, before you slice it, crack or crush/slightly flatten the ginger so the surface breaks and you can see the inside (like how you crush garlic with a side of a knife.) Then pan sear (without oil) until the skin shows a light tan. The cooking heat brings out the ginger’s pungent flavor so when sliced and boiled packs an extra punch.

Presentation tip:

In Indonesia, wedang jahe is often served in clear mugs, with a thin but tall talk of lemongrass in the mug for decoration. You can also include a few slices of the ginger in the clear mug – it will look pretty – and your body will thank you!

For another good health drink that’s a little heavier but also great for the liver, check out the recipe of another Jamu staple, Kunir Asem here. It’s an oldie but a goodie – as these recipes are centuries old and timeless!