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Turmeric Bioavailability – Easy tricks to maximize its benefits

Turmeric is a key ingredient in Jamu, the ancient Indonesian herbal medicine.  Since the scientific community in European and American started taking an interest in this rhizome in the last 20th century, Turmeric has become one of the most studied herbs.  The key nutrient in Turmeric that has been shown anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and potential anti-cancer properties is Curcumin.  Unfortunately, the health benefits of Curcumin when ingested, cannot be fully realized because if poor bioavailability, meaning that Curcumin is quickly broken down and metabolized by the liver and intestinal walls before it can work its magic where needed.

The good news is that there are simple tricks to improve Curcumin’s bioavailability – tricks that can be done daily and easily as part of your regular diet:

1.Mix it with fat

Curcumin is fat soluble.  By combining or dissolving it with a fat, it is better absorbed into the bloodstream (1).  It’s easy:  Combine Turmeric with a heart-healthy oil in a vegetable stir fry.  Or add it to your smoothie together with coconut milk or full-fat kefir.

2.  Fresh Turmeric vs. dried Turmeric

Dried Turmeric powder is more widely available than the fresh rhizome, but fresh Turmeric actually has better “built-in” bioavailability (2) because is about 10% fat content.

3.  Heat it up

Bioavailability of Curcuma is even further improved, when Turmeric is lightly heated in oil (3), which is why Turmeric is ideal to incorporate into your daily cooking, whether it is a stir fry or a curry sauce.

4.  Add a dash of Black Pepper

Black pepper contains piperine, which blocks the body from rapidly metabolizing Curcumin.  In fact, consuming fresh black pepper together with Turmeric, can improve bioavailability of Curcumin by 2000% (4).

5.  Combine it with Quercetin-rich fruits & vegetables

Quercetin is an antioxidant that gives certain fruits and vegetables their dark, blue-ish color.  Research shows that Quercetin blocks an enzyme that would metabolizes Curcumin, thus making it more bioavailable (5).  Quercetin-rich foods include blueberries, red grapes, red onions, green tea but also red apples.

 

In Skincare – Proven Effective

Turmeric has a long tradition in Indonesian beauty rituals as well, most famously in the Lulur bridal spa treatment.  While it is an age old recipe to boost skin radiance and luminosity, there is a growing body of recent scientific evidence that underscores topical Turmeric’s benefits in helping prevent and reduce oxidative stress, inflammation, acne, and signs of premature aging such as irregular skin tone and sun damage.  When we at JUARA craft formulations, we draw our inspiration from Indonesian tradition, but we also ensure that we select botanicals that have been tested for efficacy and safety according to today’s standards.

Several of JUARA products are formulated with Turmeric, including our

Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum, Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask, Radiance Vitality Oil, Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer and Miracle Tea Complete Eye Creme, but also in body treatments such as our Kartini Body Oil.

To explore JUARA treatments that feature Turmeric and other active Jamu botanicals, click here.

Ginger and Turmeric: A Healthful Combination for Your Holiday Cuisine

Delicious, hearty and smooth soup with a little zing.

The holiday season is here. It is time to celebrate and enjoy nourishing food with your family and friends. There are many foods and recipes out there but if you are like most people, you want something special for Thanksgiving.

What if you can enjoy a great meal and also be nourished at the same time with a little jamu-ingredient inspired dishes? It might be a lot to whip up some Indonesian herbal tonics for the family to share, but we can use some of the ingredients  in our dishes to give it a little zing?

Indonesia has been a spice island for centuries. Located among ancient trading paths and wealthy with botanical sources, these distant islands quickly became a global interest centuries ago. Spices were valued not just for their flavor, but also for their capacity to disguise spoiled foods, freshen breath, and remedy health issues. These local spices and ingredients also evolved to be the backbone of Indonesia’s herbal healing tradition – jamu, which has been a secret health give for centuries. In addition to other herbs, it features two simple but powerful ingredients: Turmeric and Ginger. Turmeric and ginger have some scientifically-backed health benefits which we will explore below, so why not include it with the meals?

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric active component is curcumin and it has the following health benefits.

1. Anti-inflammatory Effect

Inflammation occurs in your body all the time. It helps to fight foreign bodies and also repair tissue damage. But prolonged inflammation can cause chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Turmeric can help fight inflammation without the side effects common with prescription drugs.

2. Anti-Oxidant Properties

Your body’s biological processes generate some molecules known as free radicals which can attack cells and tissue to cause chronic diseases. Curcumin in Turmeric can help your body neutralize these radicals so you can live a healthy life.

3. Fights Aging

Many chronic diseases reduce longevity. By preventing the development of such disease turmeric will reduce the effect of aging. It can also keep your organs healthy and functional.

Health Benefits of Ginger

1. Relieves Nausea

Some diseases and drugs induce nausea. Ginger can help fight nausea and related conditions such as morning sickness and vomiting. It is a safe alternative to antinausea drugs.

2. Lowers Blood Sugar

For people suffering from diabetes, food choice is a challenge. Ginger’s strong ant-diabetic effects and can help lower blood sugar after meal.

3. Relieves Indigestion

Indigestion is a common ailment caused by a delay in emptying the stomach. It is more common in the festive period when people eat more food than usual. Ginger can help you speed up the transit of food out of your stomach. In the process, it helps prevent the accumulation and fermentation of undigested food.

Ginger and Turmeric Recipes

Now that you know some of the health benefits of turmeric and ginger, you may be wondering how to use them in your dishes this coming Thanksgiving.
No problem, we have compiled some recipes for your enjoyment.

Turmeric-Ginger Soup

This is a delicacy you can enjoy with friends and family for Thanksgiving. Turmeric and ginger provide a lot of flavor to the soup without the added sodium or fat that is common with seasonings. The hearty vegetables also provide fiber and a smooth, comforting & delicious flavor.

Ingredients
Serves 4
1. 4 medium carrots
2. 4 sweet potatoes
3. 3 cups of water
4. 1 can of chickpeas
5. 1 inch fresh ginger
6. 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
7. 1 tablespoon salt

Directions
1. Slice the carrots in half and cube the potatoes
2. Peel and dice the ginger
3. Combine all ingredients in a pot and cook for two hours on high
4. Serve and enjoy with a variety of food

Turmeric Black Beans and Rice

This staple food recipe is great for entertaining your family and guests on Thanksgiving or related holidays. Plus, this recipe uses rice, which is Indonesia’s staple food, dating as far back as early as 2300 B.C.!

Ingredients
Serves 4
1. 3 ounces smoked turkey sausage or vegetarian sausage
2. 1 cup sliced onion
3. ½ can rinsed black beans
4. ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
5. ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
6. Half cup brown rice
7. Half ripe chopped medium avocado

Directions
1. Add sausage to a frying pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned. Transfer the sausage from the pan.
2. Add onion to the pan and cook for 3 minutes
3. Boil the beans and broth in a pot over medium heat, add sausage and stir.
4. In a saucepan, add water, turmeric, and rice. Cook till done.
5. Serve the dish by mixing the beans and rice preparation and add avocado as a dressing

The Indonesian Jamu stood the test of time because it is an effective tradition. This is why we based our skincare line JUARA on the Jamu’s principles backed by science. JUARA products are made with turmeric, ginger and other proprietary herbal and spice blends to help you achieve a healthy and glowing skin, but it’s great to remember not only can ginger and turmeric nourish your skin, it can also nourish our tummies and add to our enjoyment this coming Thanksgiving!

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!

Renewing Myself Inside & Out

By JUARA Co-Founder, Jill Sung

There’s something about the winter holiday busyness that makes me want to snuggle in, drink hot chocolate, and watch the snow fall. After all the family entertaining and year-end parties, it’s nice to take some time off for oneself or find some quiet away from the kids. I talked my husband into taking the kids for the next few hours, and I plan to INDULGE. Thankfully, pampering oneself these days can be healthy and delightful, on my mind because new year resolutions are prime in my mind right now.

Since moving into our new home, I have yet to submerse myself in our new bathtub, unlike my bubble loving girls. I have had plans, though, since laying eyes on the tub. The girls and my husband just left. Cue music. Cue fiction from the likes of Margaret Atwood, call me old school and a fan of the Hulu revival. A large cup of curried hot cocoa from Cocoa Cravings in Chicago that has an amazing cocoa, cardamom, cinnamon and clove powder mix.

Fun fact for all you health ingredient junkies like me! If you did not know, when consumed in normal amounts, clove, ginger, rosemary and turmeric allow one’s body to reduce inflammation (produce less TNF) compared to someone who has not consumed those spices. Watch this video to learn more.  I don’t stop there, because I do anti-inflammatory self-care inside and out. Do you?

So to round out the curry theme, I’ve got our Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask on. My skin is thanking me for this creamy leave-on mask to detox from winter heaters and too much partying. Plus, I’m also indulging in a detox bath soak of 1/3 cup of himalayan salt, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, epson salt and lavender essential oil. Right at the end of the bath, I take ten minutes of meditative breathing as recommended by this NYTimes article.

I’m a gratitude-filled, calm and ready to conquer the world and new year woman!

#womanstrong #holiday #selfcare

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!

SUNBURN RESCUE:

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!)

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GREASE BE GONE:

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

POST-SUN RESET AND REFRESH:

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.

INGREDIENTS:

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)

 

DIRECTIONS:

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.

ENJOY!

Turmeric? Tumeric? Turmer-what?

Turmeric.

We’ve been hearing about this super food for months, but what is it? A powder? A root? A magical health elixir?

Thankfully, the JUARA Turmeric Benefits Guide is here to answer all of your questions!

So, let’s start with the basics. What is turmeric?

Part of the ginger family, turmeric is a native plant to southeast India. Turmeric is most popularly used in two forms: raw and dried. Turmeric has been used for almost 1000 years in cuisine, medicine, makeup, skin care, and clothes dying.

What are the health benefits of turmeric?

When ingested, turmeric has historically been used to heal stomach and liver ailments. Turmeric powder concoctions have been used to bring down fevers. It can also be used as an anti-bacterial salve on open wounds. Those who consume turmeric on a regular basis report a reduction in arthritis pain, heartburn, sensitive stomachs, headaches, colds, and menstrual cramps. It may also help those with diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, and certain types of cancer. How? New research showed that daily turmeric ingestion decreased DNA damage by half in a test of blood cells exposed to oxidation. (Percival SS et al. Bioavailability of herbs and spices in humans as determined by ex vivo inflammatory suppression and DNA strand breaks. J Am Coll Nutr. 2012; 31(4):288-94 in Greger M, Stone G. How Not to Die. Flatiron Books, New York 2015, p352.)

What can turmeric do for my skin?

Turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory and redness reducing properties, can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including eczema, allergic hives, and even chicken pox! Turmeric is also a great treatment for acne, as it is both anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory (not to mention anti-oxidant and anti-neoplastic) (Vaugh AR. et al. Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systemic Review of the Clinical Evidence. Phytother Res. 2016 Aug;30(8):1243-64).

Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence.

. The JUARA Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask maximizes the healing properties of turmeric by combining it with kaolin clay!

Are there any side effects of ingesting or topically applying turmeric?

There are no known side effects for applying turmeric directly onto the skin. When ingesting turmeric, however, it is important to remember that turmeric is a blood thinner. Consuming turmeric daily makes it more difficult for your blood to clot, so lessen your turmeric intake if you take medicine that thins your blood, or speak to your doctor.

 

Do you still have questions about Turmeric and its uses? Leave a comment on our Facebook page!

 

You can see the JUARA products here.

Recipe Spotlight: Turmeric Eggs & Tamarind with Brussels Slaw

One of my favorite jamu (herbal tonics) from Indonesia is the Kunir Asem. It is a combination of Turmeric and Tamarind blended in a superjuice (as I like to call it) with water, lime, a pinch of salt and palm sugar (or agave/honey.) Together, turmeric and tamarind together have a positive effect on your digestive system and helps fight inflammation in your system. But sometimes I don’t feel like making up a beverage – it’s not so convenient, but I know what is – breakfast. And brunch. We all enjoy it so why not combine that Indonesian grassy spice of turmeric and the tangy sweet flavor of tamarind fruit in our everyday routine? Make the exotic accessible in this easy to make recipe I created this weekend on my own leisurely brunch – and for sure I’ll be making it again!

And for all things JUARA Skincare that contain Turmeric, click HERE to see and learn about how Turmeric can benefit your skin! (I, for one, made the recipe below after applying the Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask for a full experience and inspiration!)

Scrambled Turmeric Eggs with Tamarind Sauce – Serves 1.

Ingredients:

2 eggs

3 tablespoons of milk

1 clove garlic, finely chopped (or garlic powder as a shortcut)

2 big pinches or 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder

pinch of sea salt

generous crack/shakes of black pepper (helps turmeric be more bioavailable and easily absorbed by the body)

coconut oil (to heat in the pan, plus it’s good for you and turmeric is also more effective when mixed with a fat/oil)

Optional: Add a 1/2 teaspoon of Garam Masala or Everyday Spice mix (from Trader Joe’s or of your choice)

1 teaspoon (or more, to taste) Tamarind Sauce/Tamarind Chutney found in the Asian/Indian section of supermarkets. Often the sauces are pre-made, great for dips, sauces or condiments.

Scramble the eggs, milk, garlic, turmeric, salt and pepper (and optional spices) together. Heat coconut oil in a pan to medium, and scramble the eggs until fluffy and cooked. (You can always vary by making it into an omelette and adding spinach too).

Brussels Slaw – Serves 1:

3-4 Brussel Sprouts, raw, finely chopped

1 tsbp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1 tbsp Olive Oil

Juice of 1/4 Lemon

Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional: Add baby kale or chopped cucumber for additional greens or crunch

Blend all ingredients together and serve. Add more lemon juice, or any other ingredient to flavor the brussel sprouts to taste. This is supposed to be a clean, light and fresh salad to complement the richer flavor and softer texture of the scrambled eggs.

How to serve: Plate the scrambled eggs on a plate, and top with tamarind sauce. Surround the eggs with a ring of brussels slaw. Enjoy the delicious texture combination and healthy flavors together!

Turmeric & Tamarind Together: It’s Good for You and your Skin.

There’s a whole library of great natural ingredients from Indonesia (and beyond), and Turmeric has been hot in the news (finally!) In addition though, I wanted to focus on a special combination we mix in Indonesia, and how to use them to boost your own health and beauty – both inside and out! The beauty of Jamu, our natural herbal health tradition, is that we focus not on one ingredient, but how several can be blended together to have special benefits as a whole blend than the parts if taken separately.

Turmeric: Used widely in curries around the world and a staple of Indonesian health tonics, turmeric is a root with powerful antioxidant properties. Turmeric is known to be a liver and blood detoxifier, has strong antibacterial and internally cleansing powers, and can be used to treat illnesses from cancer to Alzheimer’s. The effect of turmeric is also said to be improved when mixed with black pepper (or pineapple works too.) In Indonesia, it’s one of the key ingredients not only in health tonics, but also used in a poultice for topical application for healing wounds, and in spa treatments to purify and give skin a beautiful glow.

Tamarind: Tamarind can be both eaten and used topically with many benefits. It has topical anti-inflammatory antioxidant properties. When eaten, it can help with digestive problems, can help lower cholesterol, and can be a mild laxative. It contains fiber, potassium, magnesium and other vitamins. It’s shaped like a giant pea pod with a hard shell and has a soft, sticky, chewy fruit inside with hard seeds. When applied to the skin, the seeds have strong hydrating properties, while the fruit has antiseptic and astringent properties. It tastes tangy and sweet, is commonly made into a candy, or used in soups and other savory dishes that one can easily forget all its additional health benefits.

Drink it!


Kunyit Asem:
Drunk as one of many popular daily health tonics (called Jamu) in Indonesia, it’s a solid, go-to beverage for women to improve overall well being and energy levels. Made of a combination of Turmeric, tamarind, flavored with sugar (or honey) with a pinch of salt, it should be drunk fresh. Pour over ice, and it’s really refreshing. There are prepackaged versions you can buy at the store, some add the betel leaf, commonly included in Indonesian beauty products and beverages to refresh the breath and improve overall body odor. I have made some from scratch, read the article of Jamu I made in Bali on Well & Good NYC here.

So let’s do the same for your skin!

JUARA’s Turmeric and Tamarind Skin Boosting Duo. Use this to to supercharge your skin. After cleansing, use the Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask twice a week. Its antioxidant powers strengthen and detoxify the skin; plus it has a brightening power that will give you an instant, radiant glow. The turmeric is infused in a non-drying mud mask that also purifies skin and refines pores. It’s a great skin recharger – like hitting reset on your face’s health button.

Follow up with the Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner (which should be used daily, even if not using the mask.) This cottonball-free toner-serum is a skin quenching step that takes just a few seconds. Tamarind and hyaluronic acid work together to deeply hydrate skin, replenishing lost moisture to give skin an instantly soft and supple feel, while antioxidants from tea and redness reducing powers from rice bran extract add extra skin-calming benefits. Follow with your favorite moisturizer, (or we recommend the Kombucha infused Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer), and see the difference!

You can see the JUARA products here.