When we couldn’t fall asleep as a child, our mom brought us warm milk to our bed. Today, when we have to find our way to the land of dreams ourselves, we use a similar tip from Ayurveda: moon milk enriched with adaptogens and warm spices.
The so-called night milk, known in the lifestyle sector as Moon Milk, is currently on everyone’s lips – in the most real sense of the word. Let’s have a look at what is behind the sleeping drink!
Warm milk in Ayurveda
As in our assortment, animal products are rare in Ayurveda. Because with milk, natural history makes an exception. Especially cow’s milk is considered valuable in Ayurveda. In Ayurvedic writings, it is described as nutritious food, as an anti-aging aid, and as Rasayana.
Natural science assumes that milk should calm our organism, stimulate our appetite, and above all balance the doshas Vata and Pitta. We have described the best milk below.
Industrial milk and any products with added sugar are excluded. For milk to have these effects from a Vedic point of view, however, it must fulfill one condition: it must be warm.
How to prepare the milk?
In Ayurveda, we assume that our body can process warm milk much better than cold. Before consumption, the drink should be boiled several times – preferably together with spices. This preparation would make the milk even more digestible for our organism. Our recommendation would be to use warm spices.
They should have a calming effect on our bodies. And while we’re on the subject of calming effects, let’s take a second group of natural products onboard: Adaptogens.
Anti-Stress with Adaptogens
Adaptogens are natural products which have a balancing effect on our bodies. Ashwagandha, Maca, Reishi and Co. grow up in nature under challenging conditions. In extreme cold or extraordinary heat, they have no choice but to develop extreme resistance. However, we are only half sorry that you have to endure this difficult time because we profit from it all along the line.
Just as natural products manage to stay calm despite the most challenging environmental conditions, they help us to cope better with stress in everyday life. When can we use this effect particularly well? Right, before going to bed. When we want to end the day and send our organism to the land of dreams. Adaptogens are therefore just right in the so-called moon milk.
Moon Milk – the basic recipe
For the base of the Moon Milk, we only need main three ingredients:
As the name suggests, Moon Milk is prepared with milk. Whether you use the animal product or use a vegetable alternative is up to you. We particularly like to use cashew or almond milk.
Some spices have a calming effect in Ayurveda. These include turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, saffron, cardamom, and ginger. Already with the thought of the warm spices, we would like to cuddle up in a cozy blanket by candlelight and relax. From this station, it is not far from the land of dreams.
The third ingredient in our Moon Milk is effective natural products, more precisely adaptogens. Ashwagandha, or sleeping berry, is incredibly popular. At least as prevalent in Moon Milk is Reishi, the so-called mushroom of immortality. Tulsi, the holy basil, is also famous.
4. Extras to Your Taste
To adapt the Moon milk perfectly to our taste, we refine it at the end with everything we like. Do you like berries? Off into the glass with them. So the milk becomes a beauty drink by the way. Is cocoa the secret to your sleep? Cocoa also goes well with Moon Milk – not least thanks to its many antioxidants.
So we have the necessary ingredients. What are we missing now? The recipes! We don’t need to be told that twice.
Ashwagandha Lavender Moon Milk
Lavender is considered a balancing herb in natural herbology. The pleasant scent has a relaxing effect in case of excitement and nervousness and to calm the mind. To achieve this goal, we add the fragrant herb Ashwagandha, a herb that has a firm place in Ayurvedic sleep routines. The third natural product in this delicious Moon Milk is raw Cocoa. A few happy thoughts during sleep will certainly help you to get a good night’s sleep.
- – 250ml cashew milk
- – 50g cashew nuts
- – One tsp raw cocoa powder
- – 1 tsp Ashwagandha powder
- – Tsp dried lavender flowers
- – Pinch Himalayan salt
And this is how it works:
We put almond milk and cashews in the blender, which creates a creamy base for our Moon Milk. Heat and stir in ashwagandha and cocoa powder. We also add lavender flowers. The mix may now simmer for a few minutes. The Moon Milk with Ashwagandha and lavender can now be poured into your cup either directly or through a sieve. Finally, we add a pinch of Himalayan salt – ready!
Tulsi Camu Camu Moon Milk
Almond milk has a long tradition, especially in countries with a widespread fasting culture. The same is true for Tulsi, the so-called “holy basil”, whose origin lies in South East Asia. Known for its adaptogenic effect, the herb has a harmonizing effect on the body. Its taste can best be described as basil with an exotic touch: refreshing and surprising at the same time. Perfect companions for Tulsi are therefore fruity aromas of both local and exotic nature.
- – 250ml almond milk
- – 50g raspberries
- – 1 teaspoon Tulsi powder
- – 1 tsp Camu Camu powder
That’s the way to do it:
After pureeing the raspberries, we put them in a pot together with the almond milk. We heat the mass at low temperatures and stir in our Superfood powder. While going, the milk mix may now rest in the heat for a few minutes before it flows directly into our cup.
Coconut Reishi Moon Milk
Coconut and dates in combination taste about as we would imagine an aromatic vacation. The fruity sweetness and nutty taste of our favorite nut are perfectly complemented by the earthy note of the Reishi mushroom. The vital mushroom is one of the most popular plants in traditional Chinese herbology, where it is often taken in the evening hours. The crowning finale is the number one Christmas spice: cinnamon.
- – 250ml coconut milk
- – 2 dried dates
- – 2 tablespoons grated coconut
- – 1 tsp Reishi powder
- – 1 teaspoon cinnamon
That’s the way to do it:
Together with about half of the coconut milk, we put the dried dates and the coconut flakes into the blender. The blender may now mash until it has produced a creamy mass. Pour the milk into a pot and heat it at low temperatures. Stir in the Reishi powder – as well as a teaspoon of cinnamon. The scent is already rising in our nose. It is high time that our taste buds can also enjoy Moon Milk.
Shatavari Cardamom Moon Milk
In Ayurveda, Shatavari is considered a herb for women. The translation of his name explains how this nickname came about. Shatavari stands for “The woman who owns 100 men”. According to Ayurvedic herbalism, Shatavari is supposed to give all the power that women need for this mammoth task to her.
No wonder that the herb has a firm place in a Vedic diet. Since the plant is also considered an adaptogen, it is also popular in good-night milk. The taste for love is combined with the lady’s herb cardamom and hemp seeds.
- – 250ml oat milk
- – 2 Cardamom Capsules
- – 1 tsp Shatavari powder
- – 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
That’s the way to do it:
We heat the oat milk in a pot. The cardamom capsules and the hemp seeds are added. The milk may now simmer at low heat for a few minutes. Then we stir in the Shatavari powder and allow the mix to warm up for a few more relaxing moments. Afterward, we pour the milk through a sieve into our cup and look forward to a peaceful slumber.
Pepper Curcuma Moon Milk
Curcuma, Indian turmeric, is an indispensable part of Indian Ayurveda. The aromatic root is used in many ways in the kitchen as well as in the bathroom. Since turmeric is considered a warm spice, it is incredibly popular at the end of the day. To support this effect, we put two like-minded people to the side of the root bulb with pepper and ginger. The soothing aromas feel exceptionally good in nutty buckwheat milk.
- – 250ml buckwheat milk
- – 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- – A piece ginger tuber
- – 1 pinch of pepper
That’s the way to do it:
We put the buckwheat milk in a pot and heat it at a low temperature. We add the ground pepper and a slice of ginger tuber about one centimeter thick, as well as the turmeric powder. The mix may now be steeped for a few minutes. Currently, we only have to remove the ginger slices, and our yellow moon milk is ready to enjoy.
Relaxed into the land of dreams: With our five recipes for delicious Moon Milks, you are well prepared. If you can’t find peace, do you have another secret tip? Could you write to us?
We look forward to your inspirations.