When I lived in Bali I was hosted in a room in Jl. Raya Andong street, close to Arjuna statue, in the village of Ubud.

The place was not downtown and in the area there was nothing striking, but when I saw the statue of Arjuna I thought it was a good sign so I decided to take it.

Despite there were constant traffic jam behind, a window and a balcony of the room faced in front of a small piece of land covered by wild trees and plants that delighted my eyes every morning. Next door a street food cart stopped in the evenings to cook martabak, my tasty late dinner for a couple of time, delivered extremely hot and soaked in oil from the frying pan.

When I’m on journey I prefer to be, how much I can, close to local life, aside crowd and especially far away from mass tourism, so that anonymous neighborhood was perfect to me.

During the stay I used to walk around the suburb going to have lunch in local warung or to have a look on what’s going on.

An afternoon, aside the main street direction out the village, I get noticed a small stand, a sort of open-air bar build by wood, with four big terracotta jugs surrounded by signboards advertising “Jamu Godhog, the ancient Indonesian art of herbal healing”.

Unpretentious and decorated with pictures, paints, newspaper articles and statues, behind the jugs a guy was chilling, seat reading some stuff.

Jamu is a traditional beverage with medicinal properties, he explained to me, he was dedicated to keep alive and promote the ancient knowledge selling the infusions prepared homemade by himself with natural products.

Red ginger tonic, Curcuma tonic, Turmeric tonic, I stopped at the stand several times, on the way back to my room, to taste and experiment differents kind of Jamu.

Claimed to have originated 1300 years ago on the island of Java ( Indonesia ) is influenced by Ayurveda and is made from natural ingredients ( such as roots, bark, flowers, seeds, leaves and fruits ). Is available as Herbal Tonic and as Herbal Healing.

Recipes and ingredients may vary from region to region and are often not written down but passed on over generations.

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