Jamu Juice is a traditional Indonesian herbal drink. Made from raw turmeric, ginger, lemon, water and honey, it has been passed on from generation to generation for over 1,300 years for its numerous health and beauty benefits. While Jamu Juice may be called a ‘cure all’ elixir, it is not considered safe during pregnancy.
In some cultures a new mum is administered Jamu Juice in order to help her heal after delivery, boost her energy levels and help her get back in shape. However further studies are required to confirm Jamu Juice’s safety during breastfeeding. Turmeric, the golden spice boasts of anti inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties. It can relieve heartburn, lower cholesterol, reduce pain caused by osteoarthritis, help in dental gingivitis, boost liver health and promote healthy skin. Ginger prevents gum infection, soothes nausea, calms sore muscles, relieves indigestion, eases arthritis pain and curbs cancer.
While consuming turmeric in food may not pose a problem for the expecting mother or the baby, turmeric in medicinal quantities is considered unsafe during pregnancy. Please consult your doctor before consuming herbal medicines containing turmeric in pregnancy.