Are you looking for something relaxing and healthy in times of stress and uncertainty? Then try a delicious Moon Milk! The Moon Milk is both a sleeping aid and a trendy Ayurvedic drink from grandmother's kitchen. Because grandmother always knew what is good for you anyway.
What is a Moon Milk?
The Moon Milk is actually quite simply a heated milk, but pimped with ayurvedic ingredients. The rule here is, the more colorful the healthier! Because the colorful and valuable additives and hormones help you fall asleep and relax.
How does the Moon Milk work exactly?
Moon Milk consists mainly of milk. Warm milk makes you tired, our grandmothers already knew that. This is due to the amino acid tryptophan in the milk, which helps to fall asleep. This is because it is converted into serotonin in the brain, which in turn produces the sleep hormone melatonin, which signals fatigue to our body.
But not only the milk itself is a helper to relax and fall asleep. The classic Moon Milk is enriched with many other ingredients that are good for our body and make us feel tired: honey has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect, cinnamon is an antioxidant and nutmeg reduces stress. The Ayurvedic medicinal plants added to Moon Milk also have a calming effect.
Ayurveda and the Moon Milk: reducing stress
Besides milk and honey, many healthy spices and adaptogens are an important part of Moon Milk. Ayurvedic teaching has been using these natural plant substances for healing and vitality for ages. They are available in powder form in many places.
Especially in stressful and uncertain times, adaptogens help to equalize the hormone balance and reduce the stress level. Studies show that adaptogens can increase mental and physical performance even under mental stress.
Many have certainly heard of ginseng as a memory enhancer. For the Moon Milk, however, Ashwagandha is often used, whereby it is basically the sleeping berry or winter cherry.
What is the Moon Milk consisting of?
The Moon Milk classically consists of the following ingredients:
- Milk: Here you can choose regular milk or vegetable drinks made from almonds, coconut or soya.
- Spices: The calming effect of milk is supported by spices such as ginger, turmeric, cloves, cinnamon or cardamon.
- Ashwagandha or other adaptogens which help the body to cope with stress and have a harmonising effect on the mind.
- Toppings like berries, cocoa or edible flowers round off the Moon Milk.
Our SSTH Moon Milk starter recipe to try out
When it comes to the personal creation of a Moon Milk, there are no limits to the joy of experimentation. For beginners we recommend the following simple recipe to try out:
- 2.5 dl almond milk (all other types of milk are also possible)
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp Ashwagandha
- 1 pinch of nutmeg
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tsp. of flowers, powder or fruit
Gently heat the milk in a pan, stir in the spices and ashwagandha with a whisk. The milk must not boil. Stir the honey into the Moon Milk before drinking, so as not to destroy the ingredients. Decorate with colourful flowers or fruits before drinking.
The Moon Milk is trendy and not only good for the soul, but also for the eyes in its pretty dress. An ideal part of your pampering program, besides a hot bath or whatever else relaxes you after a hard day of study!
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