Monday, November 6, 2006


Jamu is an Indonesian traditional herbal medicine.

There are a lot kind of jamu, i.e:
Galian singset — weight reduction
Beras kencur (from rice, sand ginger and brown sugar) — cough, fatigue
Temulawak (from curcuma) — for liver disease
Gula asem (from tamarind and brown sugar) — rich in vitamin C
Kunyit asam (from tamarind, turmeric) — for skin care

I've been wanting to take a picture of a tukang jamu for a long time because I think it's pretty interesting but these days, it's not really easy to snap them since they become rarely (the young generation tukang jamus prefer to ride a bike while selling their jamu).
Those old generation of tukang jamu, they walk around in their neighbourhoud, carry those heavy bottles of jamu on their back and try their best to sell it.
I'm so happy when I saw this tukang jamu because when I asked her whether I could take a picture of her, she was very nice and also cooperative.


  1. I love this post. I should be having Galian singset and Kunyit asam. hehehe I love Indonesia. Tomorrow you are going to wake up to a barrage of comments from me, I'm so Sorry Selby! Couldn't help myself, I was feeling very nostalgic with time to spare because I don't get sleep easily at night these days. :p

  2. jamu should be marketed to the the western world more


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