In Ayurveda (one of the oldest systems of natural healing in the world), warm milk is a common remedy for sleeplessness. Look for ashwagandha at health food stores, Indian specialty stores, or Whole Foods. Here's why drinking this at nighttime is better for you than counting sheep.
- 1 cup whole milk or unsweetened nut milk (such as hemp, almond, or cashew)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon ground ashwagandha (or another adaptogen, like shatavari or astralagus)
- 2 pinches of ground cardamom
- Pinch of ground ginger (optional)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil or ghee
- 1 teaspoon honey, preferably raw
Bring milk to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in cinnamon, turmeric, ashwagandha, cardamom, ginger, if using, and nutmeg; season with pepper. Whisk vigorously to incorporate any clumps. Add coconut oil, reduce heat to low, and continue to cook until warmed through, 5–10 minutes (the longer you go, the stronger the medicine). Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Stir in honey (you want to avoid cooking honey or you'll destroy its healing goodness). Pour into a mug, drink warm, and climb right into bed.
I bet you’ve had Moon Milk before, but possibly not since grade school.
Moon Milk, as exotic as it sounds, is basically warmed milk with a few extras added in. While you may not have had warm milk while snuggled in bed since you were a kid, this drink might be your new favorite way to end the day.
There’s no one recipe for this celestial drink – simply choose your favorite milk and add herbs, spices and sweeteners. If you’re feeling fancy, you can sprinkle the top with edible flowers or gold leaf.
Moon Milk exploded into popularity in 2017, but this cozy beverage is nothing new. Its roots are in Ayurvedic Medicine, which can be traced back over 2000 years.
When Should you Drink Moon Milk?
Many people indulge in moon milk every evening and whilst it is considered safe, it is always best to check with your healthcare provider before taking herbal remedies. I always say that every thing in moderation does you good!
If using large marshmallows, cut each one into several small pieces. Combine marshmallows and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stirring frequently, warm the milk just until marshmallows are completely melted, about 8-10 minutes.
For a toasted marshmallow topping, place marshmallows under the broiler for a few minutes until they are golden brown, keeping a close eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.
Pour warm marshmallow milk into a warm mug and top with toasted marshmallows, graham cracker crumbles and hot fudge, if desired.
Recipe & photo by Elle Penner, MPH RD
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together milk, date syrup, cinnamon and cardamom until milk is warm but not yet simmering.
For a latte-like finish, use a handheld frother or small whisk to create a fine froth. Pour into a warm mug and top with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, if desired.
Recipe & photo by Elle Penner, MPH RD
What is moon milk
Moon milk is made with natural herbs, milk, and honey or maple for sweetener. Simple and easy to make and truly versatile with nearly endless options of what you can put into it. Many are skeptical about whether or not moon milk can help you sleep or not. The power is in the herbs you choose to use. Our recipe uses ashwagandha powder has many benefits including reducing stress and turmeric that reduces inflammation that can make it difficult to relax.
The Follicular Phase:
The follicular phase is day 1-14 of your cycle. It begins on the first day of your period and ends when you begin ovulating. If you&rsquore also syncing with the moon, this would be from the new to full moon.
During the follicular phase, estrogen levels rise to prepare for implantation.
Seeds that correspond to the follicular phase: pumpkin seeds + flax seeds . These seeds contain estrogen-promoting properties.
For the Follicular Phase Moon Milk we incorporate oats and lavender which both help with promoting and balancing estrogen levels.
Blue Moon Milk
Total Time: 10 minutes
This creamy, lightly spiced moon milk recipe is perfect for sipping just before bed, with ingredients that naturally promote sleep and relaxation.
- 1 cup milk of your choosing (I like whole milk, cashew milk, and almond milk)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon butterfly pea flower powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch freshly ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ashwagandha powder (optional)
- In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, whisk together milk with maple syrup, butterfly pea powder, and spices until powder is dissolved and milk is warm but not yet simmering.
- Whir briefly using a handheld milk frother for a latte-like finish, or whisk vigorously to create a fine froth.
- Pour into warm mug and enjoy. Optionally top with a sprinkle of ground up butterfly pea flowers and freeze-dried blueberries.
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Turmeric milk has been co-opted by beauty bloggers and celebrities—and the phenomenon is baffling to the people who have grown up with the drink.
My favorite recipe for a turmeric elixir is simple: I drink something else instead. As an Indian American witnessing the rise of turmeric over the past 12 months—from my mother’s most dependable cooking spice to a consumable with alleged magical powers—has been nothing short of confusing.
It feels as if nearly once a week, a lissome white woman has taken to the pages of a lifestyle publication and declared that turmeric, the earthy yellow root consumed as part of an elaborate elixir crafted from ingredients like hand-pressed almond milk and organic wildflower honey, is the key to perfectly dewy skin, a well-curated wardrobe, and incredible sun-lit real estate. Each one of these drinks have soft, luxurious names like “moon milk” or “golden mylk” and frequently come with a hefty price tag. At New York City’s the Good Sort, a large “Gold Latte” costs $8, and the “Golden Herbal Tonic” at Cafe Gratitude in Los Angeles rings up at $7.
In spite of this effort to package the drink with lines about lunar mysticism, the only thing that has ever been magical about turmeric milk is that as a child, it was constantly being served to me, without fail, when I was sick. The beverage was only ever presented to me when I was facing down a gnarly cold or virus, and I was never particularly thrilled to be drinking it. This is not a new revelation. South Asian writers have been screaming, or, well, typing furiously, for months. Haldi doodh—direct translation: turmeric milk—is always associated with, well, feeling like shit.
“Just drink it and it will make you feel better, beta, I promise,” my mom would always plead. Even now, whenever I text my parents that I feel like I’m getting sick, they immediately recommend a cup of haldi doodh. For me, the drink has always been a pale yellow cough syrup that I chug out of desperation—even though I always prefer the sickly sweet grape taste of a 10-mL shot of Dimeatapp, instead.
This is not to say that turmeric doesn’t have any of the health benefits that people claim it does—these health benefits, such as its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, are why South Asians have consumed it for generations. But the mythologizing of the spice in the West as this mystical beverage filled with healing powers is perplexing. Sure, these “elixirs” tend to include pinches and small spoonfuls of “superfood” ingredients, like ashwagandha, collagen peptides, ginger, and coconut oil, and they claim to do everything from give you great skin to heal your muscles after a workout, but for me, this is essentially the same as witnessing someone mix Robitussin with a handful of herbs and some almond milk, call it “A Sun’s Caress,” and charge $15 for a cup. Dress it up all you want, but it’s still medicine.
While I don’t believe turmeric milk is the magical, anxiety-reducing, all-purpose elixir that the Goop fans of the world insist that it is, I understand the appeal of a cup if you’re feeling under the weather. There’s a reason why my dad, and my dad’s dad, and my dad’s dad’s dad, have all sipped cups of haldi doodh: It is comforting. But maybe leave the jazzed-up “moon milk” at the door in favor of something more pared down—a recipe that has worked for generations. It only requires three ingredients, and the result is a smooth and uncomplicated jolt to the system. Mix together a cup of milk, a half teaspoon of turmeric, and a pinch of salt to take the edge off. It might not give you radiant skin and the lifestyle of a fashion mogul, but it will soothe that cough.