A Recipe for Moon Milk
Y’all recently I have started making Moon Milk, also sometimes called Golden Milk.
I have been loving the addition of turmeric to All The Things lately.
I enjoy a turmeric tea and a turmeric latte,
but I am even more delighted with the discovery of Moon Milk because of its de-stressing properties.
I have a growing sensitivity to caffeine and I am always looking for the path to being less amped up.
Plus I have been eating less sugar, so this honey-sweetened drink feels like a treat.
I first heard about Moon Milk from Alexandra Franzen while she was promoting her latest book, The Checklist Book.
One of her recommendations in the book is to make a checklist for your day where you begin and end it with the moments you want to have in your day. For example, at the top of your checklist you write something like “First Moment of the Day” and then at the bottom you write “Last Moment of the Day.”
I’ve been surprised at how this simple practice enables me to set an intention for how I want to start and end my day.
I start every day with my coffee and my journal. Before I look at my phone or my email or anything else, I sit and drink my coffee and write in my journal. (I actually usually do this in my bed, because I have the most wonderful husband who brings me my coffee in bed almost every day.) So I pretty much have my “First Moment” down.
But writing down my “Last Moment” has created all kinds of new ideas for me.
I have been trying out different creative “Last Moments.”
Gratitude Meditation with Essential Oils
Get in bed with my novel at 9:30pm
Tea + Books with Simon
Meditate on a quote or verse for ten minutes
Hot soak in the tub with Eucalyptus bath salts
One of the “Last Moment” suggestions from Alexandra was to try something called Moon Milk. So I started trying recipes. Most of the ones I found use almond milk or regular cow’s milk. And we’re on an oat milk kick at the moment. We’ve been making our oatmeal with it and using it in most recipes, so now I’ve created an oat milk version of this lovely late-in-the-day calming drink. I’ve also included the adaptogen ashwagandha, which is the true calming element in the drink, but it has many other possible benefits.
My recipe is below. Hope you enjoy!
1 cup oat milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ashwagandha root powder
3-4 cardamom pads
2-3 grands of pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 – 1 tablespoon raw honey (adjust for desired sweetness)
Heat up milk in a saucepan on a stove until warm but not boiling.
Drop in the cardamom pods and whisk in the spices and ashwagandha.
Allow five minutes for the flavors to meld.
Then add the coconut oil and turn off the heat.
Allow mixture to cool for a few minutes before adding the honey.
Stir in the honey, strain out the cardamom pods and enjoy warm.