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3 Magic Moon Milk Recipes for Restful Sleep

Three variation of moon tea for nighttime relaxation arranged on a tray with a candle. Warm milk and alternative milk drinks garnished with herb powders and pink peppercorns.

If drinking warm milk before bed sounds like the kind of advice you might hear from your grandma—well, it turns out grandma knows best again! Drinking heated creamy beverages before bed has been practiced for centuries and has helped people all over the world drift off into a restful sleep. It is also commonly recommended by Ayurvedic practitioners to calm fiery doshas and to help balance the body before bed. Nowadays, these magical cups of comfort are often referred to as moon milks and incorporate herbs and spices to help assist the body in relaxation.

Here are three tasty ways to try moon milk for yourself. We hope they help you have the sweetest of dreams!

Adaptogen moon milk drink for nighttime relaxation. A mug of warm milk or milk alternative infused with herb for relaxation and garnished with pink peppercorns. Portrait of a Himalayan cat with blue eyes.

Adaptogenic Moon Milk

Makes 8 ounces.

This recipe incorporates adaptogenic herbs that help the body handle the stresses of the day. Ashwagandha and chaga mushroom have earned a celebrated reputation for helping to quiet the minds and revitalize the bodies of those who find themselves juggling more things than they can handle. This blend is a unique and tasty way to work more adaptogens into your routine.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pour preferred milk into a saucepan, set burner to medium-low, and warm until hot (but not boiling).
  2. Transfer milk into a blender.
  3. Add herbal powders and honey.
  4. Blend on high for about 30 seconds.
  5. Pour the whipped milk into your favorite mug and garnish with freshly cracked pink peppercorns.

Crushed hops flowers and holy basil simmer in a pan of milk or milk alternative to make a moon milk drink for nighttime relaxation.

Tulsi Moon Milk

Makes 8 ounces.

This earthy milk has a lovely herbal flavor and a bit of tang that is perfectly complemented by the mellow sweetness of coconut. Holy basil, also commonly called tulsi, is not only an adaptogen, but also has been known to support immune health.* Enjoy this blend when you want to enliven the taste buds while relaxing the mind and body.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pour preferred milk into a saucepan.
  2. Add holy basil and broken-up hop flowers.
  3. Set burner to medium-low and heat until milk starts to gently bubble.
  4. Simmer for about 5 minutes
  5. Strain out herbs and pour infused milk into a blender.
  6. Add coconut oil, hibiscus powder, and honey.
  7. Blend on high for about 30 seconds or until frothy.
  8. Pour the whipped milk into your favorite mug and garnish with coconut flakes.

 

A shelf of herbs in glass jars with cork tops. Coconut butter wafers, rose buds, herbal powders, tea blends, and roots used to make herbal preparations.

Calming Kava Rose Moon Milk

Makes 8 ounces

Combining the self-love aspects of vanilla and rose with the stress reducing effects of kava* makes for an ideal blend for disconnecting from the outside world and reflecting inward. Keep in mind that many people experience slight numbing and tingling when consuming, so don't be surprised if it makes your mouth tingle a bit, but I’ve balanced the blend so the sensation won’t be too overpowering.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pour preferred milk into a saucepan.
  2. Add broken-up rose buds.
  3. Set burner to medium-low and heat until milk starts to gently bubble.
  4. Simmer for about 5 minutes
  5. Strain out rose and pour infused milk into a blender.
  6. Add kava kava and vanilla powders, cocoa butter wafer, and honey.
  7. Blend on high for about 30 seconds or until nice and frothy.
  8. Pour whipped milk in your favorite mug and garnish with a pinch of rose powder.

Ingredients are assembled to prepare an adaptogen moon milk drink for nighttime relaxation. Cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, pink peppercorns, and star anise come together in a simmer pan.

Pro Tips:

  • Start with 9 ounces of milk, since some of the milk will evaporate off. This way, you’ll end up with a full 8-ounce glass.
  • I personally find honey to be soothing before bedtime, but feel free to omit the sweetener or substitute in an alternative!

 

Looking for more Sippable soothing Recipes?

Try This Calming Marshmallow Rose Tea!

 

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Pinterest link to Mountain Rose Herbs. A trip of moon milk nighttime beverages on a tray with herbs and a lit candle. Moon milk beverages promote relaxation using calming herbs and adaptogens.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.


Topics: Recipes, Specialty Ingredients, Tea & Herbal Drinks

Jessicka

Written by Jessicka on August 28, 2019

Jessicka Nebesni works with our Customer Service and Marketing Teams, with her primary focus on creating a memorable and positive experience for those who utilize our available resources. Having practiced Macrobiotic food preparations in California, beekeeping in Oregon and making herbal crafts for local farmers markets in New Jersey, she has a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to offer. She is currently enrolled in Rosemary Gladstar’s "The Science and Art of Herbalism" and is eagerly awaiting open enrollment for the Master Food Preservers course this coming spring. Her passions include preserving food, gardening, practicing herbal wellness, caring for her animals, and living a lifestyle of minimal impact on the Earth.


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