Maybe you've heard of moon milk, the DIY wellness trend that's all over Pinterest.
But if you haven't, moon milk is a drink made out of warm milk, honey, spices, and herbs. Supposedly, sipping on moon milk before bed time helps you drift peacefully into sleep.
The most important ingredient in moon milk is ashwagandha. Since I'd never heard of it before, I asked an expert about it.
Just make sure ashwagandha is safe for you before introducing it into your diet.
So with ashwagandha in hand, I set out to try moon milk for myself.
Making moon milk is pretty easy. First, heat up your milk of choice in a sauce pan — you can substitute almond or cashew milk for cow's milk. Then, add a bunch of spices like turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
Next up, the ground ashwagandha. It smells really pungent, but you only need about a quarter teaspoon of it.
Finally, add coconut oil or ghee, and continue stirring the milk mixture for about ten minutes. Pour the moon milk into a mug and wait a few minutes for it to cool before adding honey.
Voilà: Moon milk.
I loved the flavor of the moon milk. The ashwagandha powder smelled very off-putting, so I was worried the drink would taste gross, but it was actually delicious —super creamy, cinnamon-y and sweet.
But back to the important stuff, which is did moon milk actually help me sleep? The short answer is yes. It didn't keep me asleep all night, but it made me sleepy.
I wanted to make sure the extra ingredients in the moon milk were really having an effect on my sleep, so I also tried drinking warm milk and warm almond milk on their own for a few nights.
But for me, the warm milk on its own didn't do much. I didn't get the same sort of calming, lull-inducing feeling that I experienced after drinking moon milk.
TL;DR: If you have trouble sleeping, give moon milk a try. Not only did it help me sleep, but it was also a tasty treat to look forward to before bed.