You may have heard or read about Moon Milk. Besides trendy drinks like chai latte and golden milk, moon milk has its roots in Ayurvedic medicine. In Ayurveda (one of the oldest natural healing systems in the world), warm milk is considered a common remedy for insomnia.
Moon Milk is a warm drink that is best consumed shortly before going to sleep. The ingredients of the milk have a calming and stress-reducing effect on the body. This is primarily due to the spice ashwagandha, which is also known as the sleeping berry. Moon Milk also consists of other health-promoting ingredients such as milk, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and honey.
Moon Milk – How it works
Traditionally, cow’s milk is used in Ayurvedic cooking, but if you want to avoid dairy products, you can also use a plant-based (vegan) option such as oat milk, almond milk or cashew milk. We tried oat milk because it already has a natural sweetness. You can vary the spices as you like. With turmeric, for example, the milk turns yellow, with lavender you get a beautiful purple moon milk.
- 250 ml oat milk
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 1 pinch of nutmeg
- 1/2 vanilla pod
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp ashwagandha
- Optional: Other spices, such as turmeric or lavender
The Moon Milk is quick and easy to prepare. We recommend drinking the milk right before going to bed because of its relaxing effect.
- Heat the oat milk in a small pot.
- Add the cinnamon and nutmeg, stirring constantly.
- Cut the vanilla pod in half, remove the pith and stir it into the milk.
- Add the honey and the most important ingredient Ashwagandha, the milk should not boil.
- Stir well and let your Moon Milk cool down a little.
- Find a cosy spot and enjoy your Moon Milk
The benefits of Moon Milk
Honey: Honey is a prebiotic food and supports your bacteria through the fibres and nutrients it contains.
Cinnamon: Promotes good bacteria and hinders bad ones. Cinnamon contains many antioxidants that can bind free radicals and support your metabolism at the same time.
Turmeric: The ingredient “curcumin” has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Ashwagandha: Stress-reducing effect.
CREDIT - ANNI GRIMM - MYBIOMA