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By ALLIE MYSZKA
Do you ever find yourself lying awake at night, wishing you could sleep but unwilling to take a medicinal sleep aid?
We’ve all been there at some point. Our hectic lives keep our brains and bodies running on high speed nearly constantly, so much so that it’s difficult to slow down — even when we’re exhausted and lying in our perfectly cozy bed at night.
Whether you’re an insomniac or simply looking to add something healthy and relaxing to your nighttime routine, there’s a chance you could benefit from a trendy new drink known as “moon milk.”
What is Moon Milk?
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Moon milk is a drink that contains milk (dairy milk, almond milk, or other milk) spices, herbs, and usually honey. The drink has its roots in Eastern medicine, and one of the main ingredients in it is ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha has a number of purposes in ancient medicine, and it’s still used today as a supplement to help manage stress and calm anxiety. Moon milk also typically has turmeric, a plant known for its anti-inflammatory effect on the body, as well as nutmeg, cinnamon, and a fat such as coconut oil or ghee.
Moon milk is slightly sweetened with honey or maple syrup, and it’s served warm.
A warm drink may not sound all that appetizing as the sweltering days of summer linger, but once fall arrives, moon milk will be the perfect drink to cozy up with in the evenings. Grab a good book and a blanket, hide your phone, and sip your moon milk an hour or two before bed. By the time “lights out” rolls around, you’ll be ready to drift off peacefully. Sounds heavenly, right?
How to Make Your Own Moon Milk
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As you’ve already read, the main ingredients in moon milk are milk, ashwagandha powder, and various other spices. But just like with any trend, Instagram fiends and bloggers have made it into something all their own, and you can, too.
Start by making a batch of basic moon milk (click here for a recipe and instructions), and see if you notice any difference in how you feel at bedtime. Once you’ve tried the basic recipe a few times, branch out and add your own flavorings, spices, or herbs to suit your preference. You could try tart cherry juice to add a subtle pink color (click here for a recipe), or go all out with lavender buds in your moon milk (click here to see that recipe).
Do you enjoy a cup of decaf tea in the evenings?
Experiment with adding a splash of your favorite brewed tea to your cup of moon milk for even more relaxing effect.
Like the taste of vanilla? Try adding a drop of vanilla extract or even vanilla bean seeds. You could even experiment with adding other medicinal herbs to your moon milk, depending on your preferences and what your body needs.
The sky is the limit!
What about you — would you try moon milk?
Allie Myszka was born and raised in Georgia and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, Pilates instructor, old soul, and chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at alliemyszka.com.