As with a lot of things these days, Moon Milk is one of the latest trends spreading like wildfire across the internet world, photos of peoples mugs flooding Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
Instantly recognisable from the many, many photos online, this oddly named drink comes in various colours and flavours, as it’s a very customisable and personalised concoction.
It’s essentially a warmed up milk, infused with herbs and spices and often colourings, with the idea behind the drink being to help people unwind, de-stress or sleep.
Moon Milk has roots in Ayurvedic medicine, a centuries-old holistic healing system developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. You might read that sentence and instantly turn off, flabbergasted at such mumbo jumbo – or you may suddenly perk up when you hear of another holistic healing system.
The idea behind Ayurvedic medicine is based on the belief that health and wellness depends on a delicate balance between your mind, body, and spirit. The main goal behind it is to promote good health, not fight disease.
3,000 years on, it’s a trending subject on Instagram, with coffee fanatics, bloggers and coffee shops all jumping in to be part of the trend, with carefully choreographed imaged to suit.
However, if you struggle sleeping and you’re starting to consider trying Moon Milk, the results aren’t guaranteed. Whilst a lot of the ingredients people are putting in the drinks can help promote calmness and some can even promote anti-inflammatory properties, it might not be as effective as you’d hope.
Should you try it? Well, if the idea of having a warm, calming beverage before bed sounds soothing to you, moon milk might be a good addition to your bed time rituals. But don’t put too high an expectation on its effectiveness.
In addition, you should practice good general sleep hygiene This can include avoiding TV and phone screens before bed, keeping your bedroom cool and dark, as well as keeping a consistent bed time.