Feeling stressed? Always tired? Sit down, enjoy a mug of relaxing Moon Milk, and watch as we gently swing this pocket watch back and forth.
Our Vanilla Rose Moon Milk recipe is made with dried rose petals, honey, and tart cherry juice. But, weâ€™ve seen other versions that feature cacao butter and raspberries or turmeric and cinnamon.
But no matter the recipe, the intention of the drink is the same: To make you chill the eff out.
What Is Moon Milk?
Moon Milk is a warm drink inspired by centuries-old Ayruvedic belief that warm milk helps induce restful, deep sleep. It is made from milk and an adaptogen, such as ashwagandha.
There was also another moon milk. In the 19th century, pharmacies sold a very different kind of â€œmoonmilk.â€ That version was a milky white substance found in caves that some believed was petrified moonlight. It was, actually, dried calcite, so it supposedly worked pretty well for heartburn before TUMS entered the market in 1930 and capitalized on the mass heartburn caused by the Great Depression.
Can Moon Milk Help You Sleep?
Moon milk may help you sleep and may reduce your stress levels.
One reason for this is that routines and rituals can help you fall asleep. And, considering that 45% of Americans claim that lack of sleep (or lack of quality sleep) is negatively impacting their lives, it might be time to try a centuries-old cure-all. Even if you did find it on Instagram first.
So, try taking the time to make and drink a cup of moon milk. It may help you wind down from your day in a healthier way that staring into the abyss of your phone. Especially since the blue light your cell phone emits convinces the photoreceptors in your eyes that itâ€™s daytime.
But Moon Milkâ€™s ingredients play a role too.
What Ingredients Are In Moon Milk?
Cow milk and some plant-based milks (such as almond and walnut milk) contain melatonin, tryptophan, and magnesium. All of these serve as sleep aids and can help you get your zzzs.
Need proof? Just take a peek in the family room after a tryptophan-turkey filled Thanksgiving dinner. Who wants pie?
Thanks to our always busy oh god someone please cancel plans this week lifestyles, adaptogens â€” herbs that claim to reduce stress â€” are so hot right now. But, always check with your doc before adding a new supplement to your diet as it may have unwanted side effects.
A few common adaptogens include ashwagandha, rhodiola, and chaga and reishi mushrooms, and their impact can be as impressive as knowing how to correctly pronounce these words.
In a 60-day double-blind study following 64 people, 600mg of ashwagandha reduced their perceived stress levels by 44 percent. You can check your stress level here if youâ€™re curious.
The light floral sent of rose is calming and comforting and edible rose petals can be found online or in your local spice shop. You could also use lavender, but I personally think lavender is gross and tastes like soap, while roseâ€™s floral flavor is soothing and pleasant.
Not sure what to do with your extra rose petals? Use them in my recipe for Advieh Zoodles or make a rose simple syrup for cocktails or lattes.
Tart cherry juice contains load of antioxidants and is also a good source of melatonin. In a small study focused on people suffering from insomnia, the participants who drank tart cherry juice saw an increase in sleep quality and the length they stayed asleep. Aunt Susanâ€™s special grape juice helps her fall asleep, but it also comes with a more unpleasant morning.
Where Can I Buy Moon Milk?
If you don’t want to make your own, some coffeeshops make a caffeine free golden milk latte with turmeric. Or, you could order this Vital Proteins pink moon milk they made in collaboration with Poosh. It has 120 calories per serving, but is not vegan-friendly.
Vital Proteins’ ingredients include: Organic beef bone broth powder, organic coconut milk powder, magnesium citrate, ashwagandha extract, beet root powder, silica, natural flavors, monk fruit extract, and melatonin.
Vanilla Rose Moon MilkPrint Recipe
- 6 oz. almond milk (or walnut milk)
- 4 oz. tart cherry juice
- 2 tsp. dried rose petals
- 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. powdered ashwagandha (optional)
- 1 tsp. raw honey (to taste)
- Add milk, cherry juice, rose petals, vanilla extract, and ashwagandha to a small saucepan.
- Bring milk mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat.
- Reduce heat and cooked until warmed through, about 5 minutes.
- Strain out rose petals.
- Stir in honey, pour into a mug, and enjoy.