Struggling to fall asleep at night? Moon Milk might help (and we have the recipe)
Having a hard time nodding off at night during these very strange and lockdown days?
Yep, us too.
Leave the windows open for some fresh air, go to bed earlier, don't look at your phone before bed – we have all heard all the usual tips, but have you tried Moon Milk yet?
Moon Milk, if you are yet to hear of the phenomenon, is the latest health food trend to have everyone talking – in fact, Pinterest has reported a whopping 700 percent increase in searches for moon milk this year.
The drink, which has its roots in the longstanding Ayurvedic tradition of drinking warm milk to induce sleep, has been gaining popularity over the last couple of months, and the best bit? It could not be simpler to whip up.
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Moon Milk is basically a mixture of warm milk (whatever milk you prefer, be it dairy or the nut variety), spices — such as cinnamon or nutmeg — honey, and adaptogens.
Adaptogens, according to a nutritionist, are herbal supplements that are dense in nutrients and are used to improve the health of your adrenal system. In other words, they help to balance your hormones.
To make moon milk, just heat your choice of milk and add extras for flavor, health benefits, and—let's be honest—IG potential. (Seriously; look how pretty these are!)
There are many theories as to why Moon Milk induces sleepiness, but remember how your granny always used to make you hot milk if you couldn't sleep? It's as simple as that – warn milk is pretty much the most common drink there is to promote sleep. And if you add things like honey, this may also reduce your brain's production of orexin, a neurotransmitter that's associated with wakefulness.
Expert will also say you could try addingashwagandha, which has been shown to reduce stress, or holy basil, which has been associated with a calming effect, to really amp up your Moon Milk recipe.