Learn to Make Balinese Oils, Balms and Jamu in Ubud

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Important Information

The class starts at 10am or 2pm (2 sessions) everyday and lasts for about 2h, though we are able to arrange alternate timings. Please let us know if you'd prefer an alternate time.

The class is held in our shop, so there may be people passing by or dropping in to buy herbs. That being said, this is the best place for the class as we have all the herbs and materials here.

In the case of a single person booking, pickup may be by motorbike. Please leave a clear note if you have an objection to this while making the booking.

What you need to bring

Your camera.

Meet your host :
Lilir & Westi
  • English (Intermediate)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Fluent)

Lilir and Westi are both qualified guides for unique tours of Ubud’s rice fields and ravines, which introduce the visitor to a wealth of natural remedies growing by the wayside. Ni Wayan Lilir was born at home in 1972 near Ubud and I Made Westi was born in Mambal, Badung in 1973.

Their Mother and Father were both Balinese healers and farmer who have passed on to their children their knowledge, natural love and understanding of traditional herbalism

Knowledge of Balinese traditional herbal medicine came to us naturally through our families. We have also studied the Usada Bali, one of the traditional Balinese Books of Healing, and have spent a tremendous amount of time in the field studying Balinese plants and using them in our daily lives.

Westi and Lilir met at a guiding course and quickly discovered they had a garden of things in common. Lilir's parent’s were healers and herbalists and relied heavily on traditional remedies for their brood of 11 children.

Westi's parents were farmers who remembered how much healthier the soil was before chemical farming. They were both inspired to use their position as guides to help preserve Bali's unique indigenous heritage.

Westi became deeply involved in qualifying himself to teach others about Bali's living pharmacy. "I became interested in herbal remedies," he says. "My father was quite knowledgeable and I spent time learning from him before he died. Now I study with three traditional healers, but they are also very old. There is a real danger that this wisdom will die out if it is not recorded."

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Reviews (8)

  • Katrien Katrien

    What a fun afternoon! Rika was a very nice lady who showed us and explained very Well how to make a scrub, bodymask, oil and a drink. I came alone and there was 1 other participant, a funny Australian guy. We could chop and grind the herbs ourselves and try them on us aswell. It was great fun, very nice atmosphere in the small shop, nice interaction with the staff. We got all our selfmade products to take home, a great souvenir. The tea and crackers were very welcoming too.

  • Yee Ling Yee Ling

    I was delighted to have the opportunity to stay for a week in the village of Badung, in Lilir and Westi's house in my little Jamu making adventure. Badung is tremendously different from the touristy parts of Bali, and is a quiet place where the people know one and another and are nice and friendly. In the mornings, when the people go to work or to the markets, you could hear the roosters crowing, and also see dogs excited and accompanying their owners left and right.

    During my stay, I got to learn not just from Westi, but also his staff and contacts - to give me a varied feel of Jamu making. Its nice and therapeutic to slice, grind, grate etc, to prepare the ingredients for Jamu making. In the process, I learnt to make not just Jamu for healthy drinking, but also for the skin - scrub, massage oil and face mask.

    Westi and Lilir are incredibly warm hosts, and allowed me to experience truly local food, invited me to join in a customary ceremony, and took me out on a motorcycle to view some plantations where I never managed to in the past with a hired car as the road was too narrow for car passing. Its a great way to experience local Bali away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist spots.

  • Melissa Melissa

    It was a wonderful experience with Illur in Nadis Herbal! I definitely support more people experiencing how the Balinese produce botantical based oils.

  • Mandy Mandy

    My gf and I had a fantastic time at the class. The ladies in charge were really friendly and knowledgeable. The recipes were interesting and enlightened us on how easy it is to make beauty products using fresh ingredients. We also enjoyed out mini spa session. The shop was well stocked and we bought loads of stuff too.

  • Ren Jean Ren Jean

    One of the most interesting experiences I've had in Bali so far! Lilir was smart and informative, sharing the nutritional properties of each herb and customizing the balms made. When I stated that I was looking for hair tonics, she told me to remove the corn and add more aloe into the mixture I was grinding. Truly fascinating and highly recommended!

  • Karen Karen

    A lovely afternoon

    My parents, my sister and my daughter (age 10) enrolled in the class and really had no idea what we signed up for. It was great. The people at the shop running the course were all so friendly and helpful and the course was very practical and interesting. Before we knew it three hours had passed (we were only expecting the course to go for two but everyone was having such a great time). For something really different and engaging I would totally recommend this experience!

  • Elizabeth S. Elizabeth S.

    The husband and I booked the Jamu class which was great.
    It was excellent value for the 2 hours. We made 4 different herbal products and as the staff spoke perfect English, we were able to find out a lot about the culture of herbal medicine and ask a lot of questions.
    The shop is located a few minutes from Monkey Forest Rd so its quite central, and they picked us up as we weren't sure how to find it.
    If you are looking for something different to do for a couple of hours, this is a really fun and personal way to learn more about Balinese culture.

  • Sudhriti Sudhriti

    I loved spending time learning something on a vacation that too something so close to my heart - herbal lotions + potions! Making those potions was really interesting. I was pcked up on a two wheeler from my hotel by my host, Chitra which made this even more exciting...she gave me a guided tour of the streets we rode past on the way! My teacher Mira was funny, amiable, patient, and informative about the things she taught us about the ingredients and the substitutes we could use. I had great fun making those, tasting them and later shopping for some stuff to back home....lovely enriching experience.