Remember when warm milk was the go-to remedy for sleeplessness? Well, the comforting cup is back, and this time, it’s had a social media makeover.
More and more people are sharing pictures of their ‘moon milk’, the latest wellness trend, on their Instagram accounts – but what actually is moon milk, and does it really work?
Simply put, moon milk is warm dairy or non-dairy milk that’s infused with herbs and spices, with the aim of helping the drinker to drift off. It’s rooted in Ayurveda, an Indian wellness practice, and uses natural ingredients as a remedy for restlessness and poor sleep.
Popular additions to the milk include sleep aids lavender and nutmeg, cherry juice, which contains melatonin, and ashwagandha, an adaptogen that is said to help your body deal with stress. Some drinkers also choose to add a drizzle of sweetener such as honey.
‘This dreamy potion is used in Ayurvedic traditions as a remedy for sleeplessness,’ wrote one moon milk aficionado alongside a snap of their drink, which was made with ‘beautiful adaptogenic herbs and Ayurvedic spices.’
‘It’s a centuries-old Ayuverdic recipe and is a deeply soothing drink to sip before bedtime. Perfect for pre-exam nerves or restless sleepers,’ another agreed.
With 3,400 posts on Instagram using the #moonmilk hashtag – plus saves for the drink on Pinterest up a staggering 700% since 2017 – you could be lulled into believing that the beverage is an instant slumber inducer, and for many, it does seem to have a relaxing, soothing effect that would lend itself to good quality sleep.
However, speaking to The Independent Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert said that ‘it is crucial to remember that we as humans are all different.’
‘Whilst some may swear by a mug of hot milk and sweet spices, others may experience no effect at all,’ she warned.
So whilst trying a cup of moon milk certainly won’t do you any harm, it’s important to take the idea with a pinch of salt (or a sprinkle of camera-ready rose petals, as the case may be).