Bali, Indonesia is a natural home for GIN 1717

The islands of Indonesia are a tropical paradise full of luscious fruits, flowers, herbs and plants and home to some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic islands, including Bali. This rich archipelago hosts 30,000 of the world’s 40,000 species of tropical flora and fauna, providing a natural botanical and medicinal greenhouse.

In Ubud, Bali an eighth-century legend tells of a Javanese priest, Rsi Markandya, who meditated at the confluence of two rivers (an auspicious site for Hindus) at the Ubud locality of Campuhan. Here he founded the Gunung Lebah Temple on the valley floor, the site of which remains a pilgrim destination

Ubud was originally important as a source of botanicals – medicinal herbs and plants; Ubud gets its name from the Balinese word ubad (medicine). Indonesia has an ancient tradition of herbal medicine, known locally as jamu. Trusted for centuries to cure all sorts of ailments, jamu remains popular to this day and is increasingly finding its way into industrial over-the-counter drugs. Indonesians have a long history of harnessing the goodness of botanicals.

Herbs and spices have been used for centuries in and around the archipelago to flavour food and drinks, strengthen vitality and treat a wide range of ailments, among other purposes. Today, much of the inherited knowledge on the benefits of plant matter is backed up by scientific research, while a lot more remains to be discovered and applied.