To be honest, I have made moon milk in the past, but had forgotten about its medicinal properties as well as being a magical and beautiful evening drink.
Last night, I was inspired by a post I saw on Pinterest regarding different Moon Milk recipes and thought it would be a great recipe to use with our superfood powders.
So, after researching the best herbs and spices for inflammation and nighttime relaxation, I started prepping and getting my soothing Moon Milk ready!
So, I chose the following ingredients for my nighttime drink, please feel free to adjust or remove ingredients if you don’t like a particular one, the only one I wouldn’t increase is Ashwagandha powder as its amazing benefits are great at this half a teaspoon!
Ashwagandha is so beneficial and a well-known adaptogen that has been used for over 3,000 years in Ayurveda medicine. It’s useful for helping to relieve anxiety and depression, may reduce cortisol and sugar levels, it may help with brain function as well as numerous other benefits. Lavender is such an aromatic herb and can be used in cooking, baking, oils and tinctures. It’s best known for sleep and relaxation but it’s so versatile, I always have a jar of lavender hanging around in my pantry cupboard. Now down to its benefits...yep, that’s right, the most common one is relaxation and restlessness, but it’s also great for your skin, it may help with mild pain and could help with hair growth. Cinnamon may be good for inflammation and is well known for its healing properties with infection, reduces blood sugars and may help lower blood pressure. Plus, it’s such a warming flavour that I love to add it to my toast in the morning, especially on a dark winter’s day.
· 2 cups of milk, such as almond milk or any milk of your choice
· Cinnamon stick or ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
. Nutmeg, freshly grated or ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg powder
· Organic honey or agave syrup to taste
· ¼ teaspoon of ginger powder
· Three or four cardamom pods
· Small pinch of lavender
· ½ teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder
· Crushed rosebuds
· 1 teaspoon of Moon Balance powder available here
· Additional rose buds or lavender to decorate your drink.
How to Make
First add your milk to a pan and place on your stovetop, warm gently, and add the cinnamon, honey, ginger, cardamom, and lavender into the milk along with the Ashwagandha powder.
Heat gently and add crushed rosebuds or rose petals and allow to simmer for approximately five to ten minutes as the longer you leave your warming mixture, the more time it has to draw out the flavours of the herbs and spices.
After simmering for a short while, remove the cardamom pods and cinnamon stick, if it was used, and pour your dreamy mixture into a small blender. Blend quickly for just a few seconds as this produces a froth that makes your Moon Milk feel like an extra special treat. This blending isn’t required however so if you don’t like frothy milk or don’t have a blender, it’s totally okay to leave the blending out.
Finally, pour into your favourite mug and dress your drink with extra toppings. I like to use Moon Balance or Forever Beautiful superfood powders available here and add a teaspoonful into my milk so it’s helping my body while I sleep. I also love crushing rose petals and adding cacao nibs to my drink, the nibs give crunch and texture and the rose is so uplifting and helps clear my mind.
So, now grab your pan, raid your pantry and make a Moon Milk as part of your nighttime routine!
And, finally, if you would love to just dunk a tea bag in some milk and heat through, then check out our ready for you, hand-blended tea blends, with a Moon Milk tea, we have Lavender Moon Milk, Camomaille Moon Milk, and our very own Blue Moon Milk. We blend these to order, so just get in touch and we will hand-blend your bags ready for your new nightly ritual.
P.S. I like to make up several cups of this and store any remaining milk in an airtight jar in my fridge. I only keep this for about three days but the fun part of this evening ritual is the making of your nighttime treat