Ideally sipped daily before bedtime, moon milk is a blend of adaptogens and spices to help inspire a blissful night’s rest. This smells and taste just like a pumpkin spice latte and my favorite evening beverage of the night!
One of the most therapeutic adaptogenic herbs is ashwagandha! Ashwagandha has positive benefits on the endocrine, cardiopulmonary, and central nervous systems, with powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, and antioxidant effects.
Ashwagandha benefits for inside and out
- contains powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, and antioxidant effects
- boosts immunity by increasing natural killer cells
- improves symptoms associated with stress and anxiety
- improves quality of sleep and may help with insomnia
Why this herb is in my Beauty Bar?
Its potent antioxidant properties help protect the skin against free radical damage and slow down the ageing process by firming up your skin for a more youthful look. Ashwagandha stimulates DHEA, which is a precursor to both testosterone and estrogen and stimulates the production of natural skin oils.
Recipe for Moon Milk
Ingredients: Varies depending on who is making it.
- 1 cup of 2% milk or your milk of choice (whole, almond, coconut, etc.)
- 1/2 tsp. ground ashwagandha powder ( YOU NEED THIS TO MAKE THE DRINK)
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- A pinch of ground pumpkin spice
- 1 tsp. honey or maple syrup- I use Manuka Honey 400+MGO/12+UMF
- Bring the milk to a low simmer, but don’t let it boil.
- Once the milk is hot, whisk in the ashwagandha, cinnamon and nutmeg. Gently simmer for 5 minutes.
- Pour the moon milk into a cup. Sweeten with honey or maple syrup, if desired.
Consume 1 teaspoon (equivalent to 1-gram or 1,000-milligram (mg) extract) per day, and feel the effects within 6 to 12 weeks. Dosages used in studies range from 250 mg per day up to 600 mg per day.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF ASHWAGANDHA- Ashwagandha is safe for most people to consume, but it may interact with thyroid, blood pressure, and blood sugar medications. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as people with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, may need to avoid ashwagandha.
Always check with your doctor before adding anything to your everyday routine to figure out what’s best for you and your individual health. While moon milk made with ashwagandha is generally safe to consume, drinking too much in a day could be harmful.