The A, B, ZZZ’s of Moon Milk

Author: Liz Jalkiewicz, RDN, LDN | July 05, 2018

The A, B, ZZZ’s of Moon Milk

What is moon milk?

Moon milk is one of the oldest natural remedies for sleeplessness. Simply put, it’s a soothing glass of warm cow’s milk consumed right before bed. Now insert Instagram and Pinterest to the mix and you’ll find that food bloggers and wellness experts are transforming moon milk into beautifully colorful (and flavorful) works of art. With a palette full of aesthetically appealing colors as well as unique flavor profiles with key ingredients to help you get your zzz’s on, these moon milk recipes will leave you with a complete feeling of calmness and tranquility. Think Zen in a mug.

Why should I drink it?

When included as a part of your nighttime routine, this bedtime beverage may help you get more rest and relaxation.  Milk contains two substances that are related to sleep regulation: the amino acid tryptophan and the hormone melatonin which plays a role in our sleep-wake cycle. It’s also worth-noting a key ingredient called ashwagandha, a ground supplement commonly used in traditional moon milk recipes. It’s considered to be an adaptogen which is said to enhance the body’s response to stress. *Please consult your doctor before using any supplementation.

How do I make it?

Moon milk is basically milk served warm. And while that sometimes is enough to do the trick, why not create your own elevated version of this classic beverage by incorporating your favorite herbs, spices, powders and whatever else you think might help you get some well-deserved shut eye? Here's a basic moon milk recipe to get you started.

Some other favorite moon milk flavor combinations include:

  • Milk + Cinnamon + Honey
  • Milk + Chamomile + Agave Nectar
  • Milk + Tart Cherry Juice + Vanilla Extract
  • Milk + Turmeric + Cinnamon

Fun for the Whole Family

Get the kids involved. Moon milk is great for both kids and adults. Just watch how registered dietitian and mommy Michelle Barber whips up a kid-friendly glass of moon milk for her kiddos. 

Whether it’s the cow’s milk itself, the combination of key ingredients in moon milk, or the pure fact that our bodies like consistency and predictability as part of our nighttime routine, there is no denying the fact that Americans (and people around the world!) are welcoming the idea of drinking a glass of moon milk every night to help improve their zzz’s.

American Dairy Association North East is one of 16 state and regional promotion organizations working under the umbrella of the United Dairy Industry Association. It is the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council®, which has been conducting nutrition education and nutrition research programs since 1915. For more information, visit