EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LOLOH; Balinese Herbal Drink and Its Abundant Benefits

Loloh is a traditional herbal drink that has been cherished by  Balinese for centuries. Being part of the cultural heritage of Bali, loloh is more than just a refreshing beverage; it is a symbol of the island’s deep connection with nature and its ancient wisdom in natural healing, often linked to Usadha Bali. Usadha Bali is the traditional Balinese system of healing that integrates herbal medicine, spirituality, and holistic practices. The term “loloh” itself is derived from the Balinese language, meaning “herbal concoction” or “traditional medicine.” Historically, loloh was prepared by village healers, known as balian, who crafted these herbal mixtures as part of Usadha Bali to treat various ailments and maintain overall wellness. Through these practices, loloh has become an integral part of the Balinese approach to health and well-being, reflecting the island’s unique blend of spirituality and natural healing. At Gdas Bali, loloh is celebrated as a signature drink, offering guests a taste of this ancient tradition in a serene and luxurious setting.

Loloh comes in various forms, each crafted with different herbs and spices to address specific health concerns. Some of the most popular types include:

1. Loloh Cemcem: It is made of cemcem leaves (Spondias pinnata), which is known for its distinctive sour taste and is believed to aid digestion and detoxification.

2. Loloh Kunyit: It is infused with turmeric, which is celebrated for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to boost immunity.

3. Loloh Piduh: Made of piduh leaves (Centella asiatica), this type of loloh is good for improving circulation and promoting skin health due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

There are diverse benefits of loloh, making it unique and interesting to try while in Bali. Many types of loloh have diuretic properties that help clean up toxins from the body. Meanwhile, ingredients like turmeric have powerful anti-inflammatory effects, which can help reduce pain and swelling. In general, the herbs and spices used in loloh are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that strengthen the immune system and can help to enhance overall well-being.

Making Loloh at Gdas Bali

At Gdas Bali, you can experience the art of making loloh, where tradition and a touch of modern luxury blend seamlessly.  We invite guests to participate in loloh-making workshops, where they can learn about the various herbs and their health benefits under the guidance of skilled local practitioners.

The workshop starts with guests handpicking fresh herbs from the organic garden, ensuring the highest quality ingredients. The process of making loloh is then demonstrated step-by-step, with detailed explanations of each herb’s properties and the traditional techniques used to prepare them. This immersive experience provides a deeper understanding of Balinese culture and a unique opportunity to connect with nature and appreciate the island’s rich heritage.

Guests leave with not only their handmade loloh but also a newfound appreciation for the natural remedies that have sustained the Balinese for generations. The tranquil setting of Gdas Bali, with its lush surroundings and serene ambiance, enhances this holistic experience, making it a memorable highlight of any stay.