By Charla Dury
I first discovered Jahmu on Mind Key’s Marketplace. I have always loved chai tea and, after purchasing chai spices from a local spice shop and discovering I needed more ingredients I didn’t have, I was looking for a simple way to make it at home. What mostly attracted me to Jahmu; however, was owner, Jessica Filkins’, Tea Meditation Project. Stemming from her love of Jahmu, Jessica encourages the idea of meditating during the simple act of drinking a cup of tea, and this seemed like a perfect fit for my life at the time. The combination of meditation, turmeric and spices makes Jahmu more than just a healthy spice tea.
What is Jahmu?
Jahmu Chai is an instant turmeric and ginger chai tea inspired by the traditional Indonesian elixir, jamu, and the ancient Indian healing beverage golden milk, a staple of Ayurvedic medicine. Jahmu has created the world’s first instant turmeric-ginger chai tea mixes: Jahmu Chai Caffeine Free™, Jahmu Chai With Caffeine™, Sweet Jahmu Chai™, instant Jahmu Golden Milk™, Matchai™, and Jahmu™ Drinking Chocolate.
I was surprised by the sample package Jessica sent me for this review. It was huge! There were many varieties, far more than I expected. My son Toby and I tried each type in either with water or in milk.
Our experience with healthy spice tea
I enjoyed the regular Jahmu with caffeine, and Toby’s favorite is the Golden Milk Jahmu.
If Jahmu met my expectations, it totally exceeded Toby’s. He loves it! He’s finished the samples, and has purchased his own jar so he can have some every morning.
I was a little disappointed that the drinking chocolate wasn’t more flavorful, but was otherwise really pleased with the product. We both prefer our favorites in milk, mine with a touch of honey.
I have also used it in cooking and I love the spiciness. One dish in particular that stood out was a chicken curry dish where I used Jahmu Chai With Caffeine. I let it cook with the curry, and was very pleased with the outcome.
Danielle Rose says she’s used it as a table seasoning on sandwiches, over broccoli, sauteed with vegetables, simmered in soups, and as an alternative to the spice packet when making Ramen noodles. Visit https://jahmu.com/jahmu-chai-recipes/ for more recipe ideas and ways to drink Jahmu Chai.
Health and more
Turmeric is a hot spice these days. It has a variety of benefits for health, immunity, inflammation, digestion and more. Ginger is well known for its ability to facilitate digestive fire and ease digestion, immunity, among other things. Combine them with a list of beneficial spices (cardamon, fennel, fenugreek, cloves, cayenne pepper, black pepper), and you have a powerhouse of nutrients and actives that benefit overall health. (Visit https://jahmu.com/chai-tea-ingredients/ to learn more).
Toby loves the energy Jahmu gives him every morning, and has been touting it as a morning boost to all of his friends. However, he would let the Golden Milk Jahmu take the place of his breakfast and I was concerned that there was some sort of appetite suppressant within the spices or the mixture. I researched not only on the www.jahmu.com website, but also researched the ingredients separately. Appetite suppressant was not listed as a side effect of any of the spices separately or together.
Jessica Filkins is the founder and owner of Jahmu. She is a health coach, yoga teacher, and entrepreneur who grew up on Block Island, RI. After receiving her BA from Colorado College, she studied for a year at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. There, she learned that chronic inflammation is the cause of seven of the ten most common diseases in the USA. While traveling around the world in 2013, she learned about the health tonic, jamu, in Indonesia. Jessica founded Jahmu PBC in 2014 with the goal of sharing these healing spices with the rest of the world.
Jessica is very open about her own health struggles, and how jamu went a long way to healing many of her digestive issues. One of the things I appreciate most about her is that, after connecting on Facebook, I thought it was really cool to get to know the owner of the company for who she really is… not just an entrepreneur. She doesn’t project this space [social media] for Jahmu chai because she just wants to sell stuff… Jahmu is her lifestyle.
The mission of her company, Jahmu PBC (formerly Jamu Juice PBC), is to spread the awareness and availability of turmeric, ginger, and other anti-inflammatory, healing foods through the production and distribution of Jahmu turmeric ginger spice blends and tea mixes. Therefore, their goal is to improve people’s lives by making the conscious consumption of Jahmu part of everyone’s daily routine.
Interested in trying Jahmu for yourself? Jessica sells small packages in convenient sizes. Jahmu offers a subscription service as well, ensuring the right size and variety of Jahmu is delivered to your door each month. If you don’t see exactly what you want on their website www.jahmu.com, or if you’re interested in seeing if you qualify for our 20% off WISHES discount, contact Danielle@mindkey.me and we’ll help you get what you love.