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What Is "Moon Milk", and Can It Actually Help You Fall Asleep?
When you think of drinking warm milk before bed, you are probably brought back to memories of childhood. Mom would warm up a cup of steaming two-percent, read a quick bedtime story, then lights out.
Seems pretty odd for a twenty-something to do the same, right? Well, there’s a new trend that people are turning to for a good night’s sleep that is pretty similar to the old childhood tradition.
There’s a delicious milk-based sleep aid quickly gaining popularity, and it so happens to be totally Instagram-able.
So, What Is It?
Moon milk has been taking the web by storm as the hottest new wellness trend. Basically, it is a mixture of spices, herbs, and milk — all ingredients to help you sleep. Moon milk drinkers claim it also has several different health benefits, such as:
- Balancing your adrenal system, the parts of your body that control hormones
- Strengthening your immune system
- Relieving stress
- Increasing energy levels during the day
Sounds great, right?
Some of these claims have even been verified by certified culinary nutritionist Neda Varbanova. She told HelloGiggles, “The adaptogens in Moon Milk promote relaxation. Milk itself also contains tryptophan and melatonin, which are natural substances that are known for inducing sleep. (1)”
Hello, relaxation in a cup!
Moon milk doesn’t just contain naturally calming ingredients, it turns out even the act of drinking it can help you fall asleep faster, too.
Nothing like a steaming cup of dairy to remind you of your family and calm your nerves!
Not only is it good for your health — Moon Milk is always a stunning color!
From pretty pinks to bright blues, people seem to be posting pictures of the photogenic drink all over the web. The combination of various herbs and spices blend together to produce natural hues without dye or chemicals.
This drink is definitely something to consider when your Insta feed is looking a little dull!
Making Your Own Moon Milk
If you want to try moon milk for yourself, try out this awesome recipe from Love & Olive Oil (2) for making your own at home (in a gorgeous blue color!):
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
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch freshly ground nutmeg
¼ 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.
You can also try making golden milk, a moon milk with added turmeric to give it a golden hue. Here’s a tasty recipe from mindbodygreen (3):
Add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder to ¼ cup of water in a pot and heat until it becomes a paste—stirring occasionally to help dissolve the turmeric powder.
Add 1 cup of milk (either use organic raw cow/goat milk, unhomogenized organic cow/goat milk, organic almond milk, or organic coconut milk) to the turmeric paste.
Add 1 to 2 teaspoon of either ghee, coconut oil, or almond oil to the milk mixture.
Add a pinch of either cardamom powder or cinnamon powder (optional).
Add 1 teaspoon of honey once the milk has cooled enough to touch.
Moon Milk for Your Best Night’s Sleep
All in all, moon milk seems like a safe, budget-friendly alternative to other sleep aids on the market.
Learn how to wear a sleep mask and use it in combination with your favorite travel pillow for an even better night’s sleep! With make at home recipes and premixed powder, there is a chance for everyone to try out.
As much as you may hate to admit that you’re turning into your mother, it’s time to give her credit for the milk before bed habit. You DEFINITELY need to try out this moon milk trend, and take an artsy Instagram pic of your cup while you’re at it!
(1) Fellizar, Kristine. "“Moon Milk” is one of the most popular wellness trends on Pinterest — but what on Earth is it?." HelloGiggles, 12 June. 2018, www.loveandoliveoil.com/2018/02/blue-moon-milk.html
(2) Landis, Lindsay. "Blue Moon Milk." Love & Olive Oil, 5 Feb. 2018, www.loveandoliveoil.com/2018/02/blue-moon-milk.html
(3) Chaudhary, Kulreet Dr. "The Healthy Nightcap You Need For Better Sleep." mindbodygreen, 22 Apr. 2016, www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24628/the-healthy-nightcap-you-need-for-better-sleep.html