Pink Moon Milk For Stress And Sleep Support

Try this dazzling pink drink to soothe nerves, aid sleep and build your resilience to stress.

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Have you tried Pink Moon Milk? One of the most attractive milk drinks ever made, this soothing blend of milk, herbs, spices and plant extracts is renowned for aiding sleep and providing stress support.

What is Pink Moon Milk?

With roots in the Ayurvedic system of medicine, Pink Moon Milk is an easy way to enjoy different plant extracts that can support health.

The key ingredients are:

  • Milk: traditionally made with cows’ milk, a rich source of proteins that support the nervous system. Plant-based alternatives like oat, soy, rice, almond and coconut milk can be used instead as non-dairy alternatives.
  • Ashwagandha powder: this herb has a long history of traditional use in Ayurvedic medicine as an adaptogen – a herb that helps the body adapt and cope with different physical and mental stresses.
  • Cherry juice or beetroot powder: the pink ingredients! Cherry juice is a natural source of melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate our sleep cycle. We produce melatonin in response to the shift in light at dusk, but blue light waves from phone and laptop screens disrupt this process, making it harder to fall asleep at bedtime. A mug of Pink Moon Milk with cherry extract can boost melatonin levels and help us wind down ready for sleep. Rich in antioxidants, beetroot has anti-inflammatory actions and can aid muscle recovery after exercise. Evening workout at the gym? Adding beetroot powder to the Moon Milk blend may help ease any post-workout muscle pain.
  • Spices: there are several options here. Choose from cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cardamom, according to taste.
  • Honey: a drizzle of honey or agave syrup can offset the earthy taste of beetroot powder.

Other optional ingredients include:

  • Shatavari powder: another traditional Ayurvedic herb, Shatavari is used to support female hormone balance during menstruation and menopause.
  • Collagen powder: Pink Moon Milk is a great way to take supplemental collagen powder for the health of connective tissue such as skin and joints. Top tip: mix the collagen powder with a little cold milk first before adding it to the warm milk.
  • Cacao powder: need a chocolatey hit? Add a teaspoon of cacao powder alongside the spices.
  • Rose petals and chocolate shavings for decoration!

How does Pink Moon Milk help stress?

Ashwagandha powder is the main stress-busting ingredient in Pink Moon Milk. Research shows that the herb contains a range of active constituents such as withanolides, sitoindosides and other alkaloids that provide antioxidant and adaptogenic activity.

In Ayurvedic medicine adaptogens are used to normalize physiological processes during times of stress. Ashwagandha helps the body’s hormonal system – the endocrine system – cope with different stressors. It has been shown to improve sleep quality and length of sleep too, which in turn helps the body cope with ongoing stress.

How to make Pink Moon Milk

Gather your ingredients and make yourself a soothing bedtime blend:

  • Gently warm 300ml of your chosen milk in a small pan.
  • Mix the dry herbs and spices, then add slowly to the simmering milk and stir well.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, add any liquid extracts (e.g., cherry juice) and a drizzle of honey.
  • Pour carefully into a mug and top with rose petals and chocolate shavings.

Caution

Do not use Ashwagandha if you are allergic or sensitive to the Solanaceae family (nightshades) or are pregnant or breastfeeding. Check with your healthcare practitioner before using Ashwagandha or Shatavari alongside any medications or supplements.

Summary

Pink Moon Milk is a pretty pink drink that provides a soothing blend of milk, herbs, spices and plant extracts to support sleep and serenity. Customize your own blend to suit your needs and your preferred flavours.

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