This old sleep aid is the adult version of warm milk at bedtime.
If you have ever tried to warm up a glass of warm milk to help you sleep, you should learn more about this natural sleep enhancer. This delicious nightcap, known for its soothing and fortifying properties, can even boost your immune system.
What is inside?
The main ingredient is ashwagandha, a plant similar to Indian ginseng. Ayurveda healers have used it for centuries. Most recipes call for combinations of turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, black pepper and the almighty Ashwagandha.
Ashwagandha is used in the Indian subcontinent to treat anxiety, stress, insomnia, fatigue and nervous system disorders. It can be bought online or in a natural food store in powder form.
Where does it come from?
Moon milk is an ancient Ayurvedic sleep aid. In India, the practice of Ayurvedic healing is sacred and dates back millennia. With the main component being Indian Ginseng, it is widely used in holistic medicine. Despite its many uses, if you have any diet restrictions, are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is always best to talk with your doctor before trying something new.
What it does
The main ingredients of Moon Milk have several invigorating and sleep-inducing properties. The milk itself contains tryptophan, which produces serotonin and causes drowsiness. A pinch of turmeric helps with inflammation, while cinnamon and nutmeg are known as sleeping pills. Black pepper can have a calming effect. You can also add lavender for relaxation or sour cherries that contain natural melatonin. They look pretty too.
So, does that really work?
Many sleep experts will tell you that you can stay away from the screen time and choose a more soothing ritual to signal your body that it's time for sleep.
Buzzfeed author Hannah Loewentheil tried Moon Milk herself after years of restless nights fighting. She said that the drink actually helped her feel drowsy shortly after trying.
Thousands of posters on social media and centuries of tradition are also great testaments.
How to do it yourself
-1 cup cow's milk (you can also substitute almonds, vegetable or lactose-free milk)
-1/2 teaspoon Ashwagandha
-1/2 teaspoon turmeric
– A pinch of ground ginger
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
– A pinch of nutmeg
– A dash of black pepper
-1 teaspoon of honey
Directions: Start by heating the milk at a low level medium heat, Slowly add turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pepper and ashwagandha. Stir the mixture for 5-10 minutes until smooth. Take from the heat. Add the honey.
Start walking your way sleep and enjoy.