One mug of Moon Milk a day has been said to be a natural part of repairing worn, depleted adrenals and paving the way for a seriously stress-free, restful sleep.
[I held an Elderberry syrup giveaway here on Deep Roots when I discovered Stephanie’s Sweet’s Syrup product to protect you and your family from the flu. Ever since then I’ve been a fan! You will benefit from Stephanie’s Moon Milk recipe, too.] Posted with permission.
You may have seen snap-happy Instagrammers spiking their milks with natural food colors such as beetroot, matcha powder, and turmeric. It’s claimed that these prettily-colored moon milk recipes boost serotonin levels and that this warm drink can help re-balance one’s hormones after a hectic day. Historically, the drink has been used in ancient Indian holistic medicine as a remedy for sleep deprivation and is usually consumed before bed.
Stephanie’s moon milk recipe contains Ashwagandha. It is one of those herbs that can be taken in the morning to find a sense of calm before a hectic day, or in the evening to get your system ready for bedtime. Once a day is all you need.
Taken over the course of a couple of weeks, it helps your body to reset its cortisol levels which help regulate sleeping patterns and also lower feelings of anxiety and restlessness.
Stephanie writes, “I recently learned about Adrenal Fatigue, which my acupuncturist appropriately calls, “Modern Mom Disease.” (not to say just moms get adrenal fatigue, of course). My youngest is almost 3 now and I recently remembered I had my own self to take care of as well, not just my little ones.
“Adrenal glands are walnut sized organs that sit on top of the kidneys and are responsible for cortisol regulation, metabolism, keeping inflammation under control and our energy levels. They secrete stress hormones in fight-or-flight situations, which in modern busy lifestyles is pretty much all the time.”
“My Integrative Family doctor has her on a 6-month plan that involves the following:
Nutrient dense diet with lots of healthy fats and fiber
Avoid sugar, processed foods and hydrogenated oils. No more grains for breakfast and I now have a green smoothie (with Juice Plus Complete) and a hard boiled egg instead. Protein in the morning is really important to nourish adrenals throughout the day and cutting grain eliminates the mid-day energy slump.
…Ouch. Yes, I dropped coffee……this was tough since I love the flavor, smell, my mugs, the jump start and routine of it.
But caffeine KILLS your adrenals, so I’m a tea girl now and am loving the way it makes me feel – I didn’t realize how much I used to tremble and shake from caffeine.
I’m sleeping much better also and learned that the average half life for coffee is 6 hours meaning that after 6 hours half the caffeine is still in your system. That’s’ an average, so some people (like myself) are more sensitive and it can effect you much longer than you think.
Focus on good sleep
Commit to at least 8 hours a night. This is hard when your little ones still wake at night….I am hooked on Serenity essential oil and put on the bottom of my feet before bed every night.
Gentle exercise & a few minutes of self care/hygge
For this time, no more high-impact and cardio, which puts stress on your adrenals. I’ve been walking 3 times a week.
Every day carve out some down time for yourself when you’re not tackling your to-do list. Mine is making Moon Milk, but I also enjoy my sewing projects like knitting, while listening to coffee house type music. I light my Himalayan sea salt candle, diffuse some essential oils and give myself 5 minutes of self care.
Moon Milk benefits
One of the key adrenal healing herbs is Ashwagandha, which is an adaptogen that helps the body deal with stress and lower cortisol, regulate hormones, and help with insomnia and anxiety.
Problem is the bitter taste, but I really, really wanted wanted to figure out a way to incorporate it into my day, so I googled recipes with Ashwaghanda, and I learned about moon milk. Two winning Moon Milk recipes came up from Bon Appétit and the famous LA’s Moon Juice’s Golden Milk recipe which I used to play around with and adapted into my own recipe.
The ingredients are like an anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, healing DREAM TEAM: turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and of course, ashwagandha all in creamy, protein-rich almond milk or coconut milk.
With a little bit of my Sweet’s Syrup the combination is DIVINE – it has a very Thai/Indian vibe.
Stephanie’s Moon Milk Recipe
- 1 cup of almond milk or coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of Ashwagandha (Sun Potion is a good brand)
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon maca powder
- pinch of Himalayan salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
- a couple shakes of nutmeg ( I buy it in a grinder, because nutmeg, once ground, loses its flavor rather quickly.)
- couple drops of liquid Stevia (I prefer Trader Joe’s brand)
- a splash of Sweet’s Elderberry Syrup
Or Mix Up a Bulk Tub of the Dry Ingredients to Simplify
Mix together thoroughly in a small tub and use 2 well-rounded teaspoons with your choice of milk (1 cup). Makes enough for a month plus.
- 1/2 cup Ashawagandha
- 1/2 cup turmeric
- 1/2 cup cinnamon
- 1/2 cup maca
- 2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
- 1/4 cup ginger
- 1/8 cardamom
- 1 (flat) tsp. nutmeg
Get the free printable Elderberry Recipes PDF!
Bring the almond milk to a simmer in a small sauce pan on low-medium heat.
A FEW THINGS TO NOTE:
- If you are pregnant or nursing be sure to ask your physician before introducing any supplements or herbs.
- Most traditional physicians dismiss the condition of adrenal fatigue, just be prepared…. Integrative Physicians, Chiropractors, naturopaths, holistic doctors could all help with testing and healing.
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