Jamu

We love Jamu!

We love Jamu so much that we make it on the regular. 

If you are not familiar with this drink, Jamu is the traditional Indonesian healing beverage.  In the ancient past, the health and beauty system of Jamu was preserved by the Royal families of Indonesia, whereas now it is mainstream in society. 

Turmeric is the main ingredient that gives the drink its beautiful yellow/orange color.  Turmeric is known around the world to be one of the most powerful healing herbs.  It is great for bones and joints and has anti-inflammatory properties while being a strong antioxidant.  In Hawaiian and Tahitian culture it is also used widely in cooking and traditional medicine. 

What we like to put in our Jamu is:

Fresh Turmeric root

Fresh Ginger root

Filtered water

Raw honey or coconut sugar

Lime juice

Black pepper or cinnamon

Tamarind

 

There is no way better to get a healthy buzz on than drinking a glass of fresh Jamu.  We look forward to making our favorite health elixir on our upcoming trip to Tahiti.

Xoxo Katie 

Hei, Lei Po'o, Flower Crown

Tahiti has little competition when it comes to the beauty of its flower traditions.

Called a "hei" in Tahitian, these floral crowns, made of blossoms such as tiara, hibiscus and plumeria, are worn by female dancers during Polynesian night performances as well as by brides and grooms being married in a traditional Tahitian wedding ceremony.

Hei may be composed of a pattern or series of just about anything, but most commonly consists of fresh natural foliage such as flowers, leaves, vines, fern fronds, and seeds.

Also a staple in Hawaii, the lei po’o symbolizes welcome (maeva in Tahitian), although its origins signaled love, affection, friendship or appreciation between two people.

Hei's should never be thrown in the trash, but rather should be returned to the earth by cutting the string and letting the petals flutter to the ground or into the sea. 

The process of making a hei is a great creative and mindful activity.  At out Tahiti retreat, each guest will learn the art of hei making. 

 

Food

As we plan our Health Lust Yoga retreat in Moorea, I scroll through the pics of food and plant based ingredients that I was endlessly inspired to snap during my last trip to French Polynesia in June of 2016.

My fav ingredient of the Tahitian culture is the superfood, the coconut.  Fresh coconut milk is like nothing else on this planet.  You will have great difficulty buying and consuming milk out of a can after trying the real deal.  From fresh fish dishes to desserts, this ingredient is much appreciated by the Tahitian culture.  

Poisson Cru is the popular Tahitian dish consisting of raw fish marinated in citrus juice and coconut milk. The Tongan and Samoan variants are essentially identical in that the raw fish is briefly marinated in lime juice until the surface of the flesh becomes opaque. The fish is then mixed with coconut milk and diced vegetables, most commonly cucumber, tomato, and onion.  This meal can be found on any restaurant menu and is the quintessential Tahitian dish.  I love to eat it with rice :) 

Tumeric, a superfood known worldwide grows well in Tahiti and can be found in many traditional dishes.  My favorite way to consume Tumeric (Olena in Hawaiian) is by means of juicing.  My friends mother on Moorea this past summer had made us a wonderful dinner dish consisting of fresh coconut milk, turmeric and pan fried fish.  So simple and fresh, using two superfoods that are top on my list. 

Po'e is always on my mind when arriving to Tahiti.  I am not one to crave desserts, but this dessert is crazy good. Po'e is a popular fruit pudding found at all traditional Tahitian tamara'a barbecues. Originally the pudding was wrapped in banana leaves and baked in the fire pit. It can be made with papaya, bananas, mango or taro root and is served in a sweet coconut sauce.  The texture is similar to Japanese Mochi.  I have had many belly aches due to over consumption of this unique sweet treat. 

XOXO-Katie