Moon Milk - A Dreamy Sleep Tonic
Over the last couple years I have experienced anxiety on and off during stressful times. I have noticed how it can sometimes manifest with physical symptoms. It's different for everyone but for me it can come in waves of nausea, or a feeling of tightness in my chest. Because of this I have been fascinated with the mind/body connection and I'm always looking for new ways to relax the parasympathetic nervous system (sometimes called the rest and digest system). Incorporating rituals into my day and night for support has really helped, and having a soothing warm drink before bed is one of them!
Moon Milk comes from the ancient Ayurvedic tradition of sipping warm milk to ground your body before going to sleep. Today these elixirs are made with adaptogens, which are plants or herbs that support your adrenal system by adapting to what your body needs, and have the ability to regulate your system up or down depending on what you need in the moment. Ashwagandha, which has been clinically proven to significantly reduce stress is a great one to help your mind and body to calm down before bed. Mushroom powders like Reishi are also popular add-ins, as well as tart cherry juice for its natural source of Melatonin. You can make Moon Milk in a variety of flavors (as long as its caffeine free) like golden-milk with tumeric, cinnamon spiced, chocolate (by using raw cacao powder) or mix in berries.
Here is my rendition of the recipe...
- 2 cups of coconut or almond milk
- 1 cup of strawberries or raspberries
- 1/2 teaspoon of ashwagandha powder
- 1 teaspoon Coconut Butter
- Unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut
- goji berries
And if you want to make it reallllly pretty you can add dried culinary rose hips on top.
Blend the milk and berries (a vitamix will blend it the best). Then pour it into a pot on the oven and heat on low, and stir. Once it's hot, whisk in a teaspoon of coconut butter, along with the ashwagandha.
If you want to make it frothier, you can pour it back into the blender and blend. Top with some shredded coconut, goji berries or rose hips and enjoy as you wind down and hopefully sleep sound!