Learn all about golden moon milk, how to make it, and why it may help you relax into a better night’s sleep!
With the cold season kicking in, there’s nothing better than sipping on a nourishing hot cup of golden moon milk to help me feel better, and it seems to help me sleep better too.
I’ve always struggled a bit with insomnia, but since becoming a mum last year, it quickly became impossible to get a good night rest.
So, I’ve started incorporating a comforting cup of golden moon milk into my night-time routine, and it has been working like a charm to relax and send me off to sleep.
Just before prepping my cup, I switch off from everything, turn off my phone, tv and laptop, and I can barely keep my eyes open within minutes after drinking it!
If you have never tried golden moon milk, you have been missing out a LOT. Despite gaining huge popularity on Instagram over the past year, golden moon milk has been around for centuries.
What is Golden Moon Milk?
Golden moon milk or haldi ka doodh (which means Turmeric milk in Indian), is an ancient drink that comes from a branch of Indian medicine known as Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic medicine believes golden moon milk is a relaxing drink due to the combination of its spices, herbs and other ingredients.
Why Drinking Golden Moon Milk May Help You Sleep Better
Other than its delicious taste, according to Ayurvedic medicine the golden moon milk ingredients may play an important role in relaxation. Indian ginseng or Ashwagandha is a root that is reported to encourage relaxation in some research studies.
Add in the delicious addition of honey, nutmeg, pepper, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and milk, and you get a comforting, yet spicy combination.
How to Make Golden Moon Milk
You don’t need any special equipment or hard to find ingredients (they’re mostly available in ethnic supermarkets and/or organic products stores) to make moon milk at home.
Ready in just 10 minutes, all it takes to make golden moon milk at home is a milk pot and less than 10 ingredients: whole fresh milk, turmeric, coconut oil (or ghee), honey, ashwagandha, nutmeg, pepper, ginger and cinnamon.
I like to warm the coconut oil in a milk pot first, then add all the spices to help bring out all their amazing aroma, then finally pour in milk and honey, and slowly warm the concoction for 5 minutes.
To help absorption of all the nutrients, I recommend you don’t skip on the coconut oil and fresh whole milk.
For the milk, I never go wrong by choosing a2 Milk™. If you’re not familiar with it, this award-winning milk is the first of its kind made from cows’ milk that naturally contains only the A2 protein and no A1. Plus, it tastes incredibly good!
More over, a2 Milk™ is also the first fresh cows’ milk brand in the UK to switch from plastic bottles to 100% recyclable paper-based cartons that use 80% less plastic than bottles! As you know plastic waste is a huge global issue, so BIG thumbs up to a2 Milk™ for making the switch and helping the environment.
How To Customize Your Golden Moon Milk
There’s no need to strictly stick to the recipe when making golden moon milk, and there are plenty of ways to customize it.
Make it super special and stir in your favourite honey (I often like to add an organic black peppered honey made in Germany), you may also infuse a vanilla pod in, top with dried hibiscus flowers, swap cinnamon with cardamom, or add both!
If you’re having a hard time switching off your brain after a long day, give this golden moon milk a try, you won’t be disappointed!
DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?
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Golden Moon Milk
- 1 teaspoon organic coconut oil or ghee
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ashwagandha
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 300 ml whole a2 Milk™
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
- Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add in coconut oil, followed by cinnamon, turmeric, ashwagandha, ginger, nutmeg and a generous pinch of freshly ground black pepper. Whisk to combine all the ingredients, and allow to warm up for one minute.
- Pour the milk into the saucepan and reduce heat to low. Cook, gently whisking to avoid lumps, until warmed through, about 5 minutes.
- Add honey (if using), divide among two mugs and serve straight away.