Malay Jamu Massage Singapore
Common Jamu Herbs
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This is a premixed herbs that is already dried and made into powdered form for application on the abdomen before putting on the bengkung belly bind.
Param is used as a poultice, made into herbal paste and put on the entire body. This is to keep the body warm and prevent the cold from entering the pores of the skin.
Pilis is a pre-mixed herb that is also a form of poultice that is applied on the forehead to prevent headaches and blurred vision.
Lime has an acidic nature, and is commonly used for making menses period lighter. It is also in herbal baths for its cleansing properties and fragrance.
The rhizomes and flowers are used as raw salad, and it mixed with other herbs to be taken after birth for the general overall well-being of keeping the mother warm.
The young rhizome of the ginger is used to be eaten raw as salad. The leaves and rhizomes are used to make tonic and mixed with other ingredients to make a decoction and poultice to rub over the body afterbirth.
Turmeric is one of the most commonly used herb. It is used for stimulating milk flow for the breastfeeding mother, cosmetic reasons to smoothen the skin, and common ailments during childbirth like flatulence, infections and urino-genital system.
It is used for its heat and soothing elements on the muscles, so it is commonly infused in oil used for massage. It also has a fragrant smell for use in the herbal bath.
It is used as part of the herbal medicinal bath for women after childbirth. It has a fragrance smell and also used for hairwash and lotions.
Cekur is an important ingredient for keeping the body warm and to assist uterine contractions. The rhizome is powdered or boiled and taken as a tonic afterbirth.
In a true fashion of ‘East meets West’, Salwa bridges the wisdom from the Malay postpartum traditions to modern perspective, medical understanding and scientific insights. She comes from a lineage of traditional midwives who passed down the knowledge directly to her. With her medical background, massage training, Malay heritage and ongoing research over the past decade, she has refined Mummy’s Massage Postnatal program to be genuine, safe and backed by medical understanding
Her work has received national recognition in Singapore. She is regularly invited to speak/consult/advice/collaborate with Singapore’s museums, universities, National Heritage Board, and birthing related conferences. She has been interviewed on TV and radio, mentioned in publications, referenced in journals and featured in newspapers and magazines.
Salwa has expanded into the international market. She started a training company in the U.S. training birth workers on bengkung belly binding and other Malay postpartum traditions.