Warm Milk for a Good Night Routine

It can be difficult to switch from evening to bedtime, especially when searching for a simple routine that helps you avoid late nights or phone screens. You accidentally broke yourself out of a nightly routine, and now you don’t know how to return to it. If not preoccupied with memes and short videos, your mind would rather think about everything that happened today and what can happen tomorrow. Getting a good night’s rest is impossible when you must plan for crucial thinking like what to do if the seam of your pants randomly splits at work. It’s a frustrating nightly routine that you want to break for more time to relax and get some shut-eye. 

Mom always advised a warm glass of milk before bed. Perhaps it’s finally time to listen to her. Learn how to make your own spin of the trendy warm drinks like moon milk and golden milk. It’s a tasty way to wind down and help you look forward to bedtime. 

Grab the milk and mix in your favorite flavors, anything from chocolate to cinnamon to honey. Once you warm it up, it’s time to sip your way to a good night. Here are some ways to get started: 

Golden Milk  

Golden milk, also known as turmeric milk, is a bright yellow beverage traditionally made by warming up milk with turmeric and other spices, such as cinnamon and ginger. Along with the benefits of drinking real milk, golden milk and its antioxidant ingredients are touted for many possible health benefits.  

To try, warm a cup of milk with turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, honey, and black pepper to taste. Test your own natural colorings like beet juice or crushed herbal powders for a bright milk to dream about all night long. 

Calming Milk Tea 

Southeast Dairy Association - lavender milk steamer

Tea is one of those warm beverages you seek either because you’re cutting back on your daily caffeine intake (who knew 8 cups of coffee before noon was too much?) or you’re seeking a simple way to relax. Take the soothing teas you enjoy and add to your warmed milk for the perfect nighttime concoction that will help you let go of the day’s worries. 

Brew and steep a calming tea like chamomile or lavender. Combine with warmed milk, some honey, and a bit of vanilla or almond extract. Our Lavender Milk Steamer is a great recipe to start out your nightly routine. 

Moon Milk 

Moon milk, comprised of warmed milk, tons of spices and even herbal supplements, is said to aid in falling asleep at night. In addition to the already relaxing benefits of a glass of warm milk, a class of herbal supplements called adaptogens are often added to the milk to help your body relax.  

To taste it for yourself, warm a cup of milk and add ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, honey, black pepper, and an adaptogen. Some people even add turmeric or beets. Or put your own take on what moon milk should consist of by picking and choosing from the ingredients above. Combine with flavored milk for extra sweetness—you can even garnish it with extra flavors. Imagine ending the night with moon milk that tastes like s’mores (complete with melting marshmallows and crushed graham cracker) or strawberries and cream. When a warm mug of milk isn’t enough for your mind to rest, add the flavors that make your day great. 

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