Blue Moon Milk

Moon milk might seem like a new trend sweeping the Internets, but it’s actually an age-old Ayurvedic remedy for sleeplessness. Curl up with this warm, caffeine-free beverage before bed and fall into a peaceful slumber.

Warm milk itself is an age-old remedy for sleeplessness, and that serves as the foundation of this bedtime beverage. I’ve also read that both nutmeg and cinnamon have a calming effect in small doses, so I figured all these ingredients together have got to do something. (Although, to be honest, you can google just about anything and “for sleep” and someone will probably have claimed it can have positive sleep benefits. So, who knows. I’m certainly no scientist and I know better than to blindly believe everything I read on the internet.)

To add to our already triple dose of calm, many recipes for moon milk call for something called ashwagandha: a plant in the nightshade family (related to the tomato) that is said to promote relaxation and healing. It’s what’s called an an adaptogen: a group of natural substances that are said to modulate your body’s response to stress and balances bodily functions.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk of your choosing (I like whole milk, cashew milk, and almond milk)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon butterfly pea flower powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ashwagandha powder (optional)

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, whisk together milk with maple syrup, butterfly pea powder, and spices until powder is dissolved and milk is warm but not yet simmering.
  2. Whir briefly using a handheld milk frother for a latte-like finish, or whisk vigorously to create a fine froth.
  3. Pour into warm mug and enjoy. Optionally top with a sprinkle of ground up butterfly pea flowers and freeze-dried blueberries.


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