There always seems to be a new trend on the wellness scene to keep the masses busy. We’ve heard of all kinds of miracle foods that are supposedly beneficial for your health – but moon milk is a new wellness phenomenon that is creating a buzz on social media.
Benefits of Moon Milk
Photos of this gloriously thick, golden milk are all over Pinterest, so we decided to dig deeper to find out its benefits. According to researchers, moon milk is the perfect beverage to sip on before bedtime as it helps you fall asleep. This drink is made from healthy fats, warm milk, herbs, spices and honey.
Okay, after learning about the benefits of moon milk, I was tempted to give it a try and see how it affects my sleeping habits. Having dealt with sleep issues through adulthood, I happen to be the perfect candidate for this experiment. I usually chew on some melatonin gummies to help me fall asleep, but moon milk sounds like a more natural alternative to this remedy.
Recipe for Moon Milk
If you want to try making this moon milk yourself, here’s a simple DIY method for you to follow:
Ashwagandha is a crucial ingredient that gives the moon milk its unique sleeping benefits. According to Ayurveda specialist, Marni Chanoff, this holistic ingredient originates from India where Ayurvedic treatments are a popular alternative to modern medicine.
Ashwagandha is known for its impressive health benefits, most important one of them being its relaxing effect on our central nervous system. This ingredient helps in fighting stress, anxiety and restlessness. While Ashwagandha is generally a safe ingredient to incorporate in your diet, doctors don’t recommend it to pregnant and breastfeeding women.
After ordering Ashwagandha powder from Amazon, I followed Bon Appetit’s recipe for making moon milk. The ingredient list was pretty short and the method straight forward which made the process quick and simple. All I did was heat up my milk (you can use any milk of your choice) in a saucepan.
Then I added some warm spices like salt, pepper, turmeric, nutmeg and cinnamon. After that came the main event of the show – the Ashwagandha.
This stuff is quite strong so you might want to use it sparingly. I only used a quarter teaspoon of the powder and topped off the milk with some ghee. You could also use coconut oil or any other nut oil you prefer.
Bring the milk to the boil, then turn down the head and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes. Once your moon milk is golden and aromatic, pour it out in a mug and mix in a teaspoon of honey. The end result was super-creamy and cinnamon-y which reminded me of fall.
The best part about drinking this delicious beverage was that it actually made me sleepy within 10 minutes!