Dreaming Up an Insta-Worthy Bedtime Beverage: Pink Moon Milk

This one’s for the daydreamers and the night thinkers. Pink moon milk is an Ayurvedic sleep aid that sits in that special place right between Nutritious and Delicious! You can enjoy this all-natural sleep tonic for sweet dreams daily as it’s chock full of melatonin and tryptophan — to get your sleep-wake cycle in sync.

Moon milk is a traditional Ayurvedic recipe (though today we are going to give it a modern makeover) which taps into the power of Ashwagandha. Withania somnifera, also known as Ashwagandha, is an adaptogenic herb that has been proven to combat stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. The honey and spices in this sleepytime drink give you a much-needed dose of antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Beetroot powder is what gives this moon milk its beautiful hue and it has so many health benefits that make it a great choice: lowers glucose and lipid levels, inhibits tumor growth, helps improve blood flow and lowers blood pressure.

Drift off to dreamland with this fragrant caffeine-free cuppa.

Why You’ll Love Pink Moon Milk

If you’re a fan of the Golden Milk or Turmeric Latte you are sure to love this beautiful blush beverage. But there are surely some solid reasons this sweet sleep tonic will be on your list of fave bedtime rituals:

  • Soothing and sweet: A warm cup of milk is most definitely the perfect nightcap in the winter months. Satisfyingly sweet, this rosy milk can be made toothsome with old honey or jaggery/country sugar. It makes for a deliciously creamy and gently spiced bedtime milk designed to soothe you into deep sleep.
  • Calms the nervous system: Ashwagandha being an adaptogen helps with stress and anxiety by boosting your physical and mental response to stressors. This tasty sleepytime moon milk is a winning combination of ashwagandha with nutmeg — another natural sleep aid.
  • Super easy, adaptable recipe: You can easily tweak this simple recipe to make vegan moon milk. Simply switch out honey for jaggery, country sugar, coconut sugar or maple syrup. Almond, cashew, coconut or other plant-based milks can guide you toward good and restful sleep. With just a few modifications, you can make this vegan Ayurvedic moon milk recipe dairy-free and gluten-free.
  • Aesthetically pleasing:This gorgeous rose-colored beverage is guaranteed to garner likes on your Instagram feed. The pastel pink hue and delicate aroma is a treat for the senses.

Pink Moon Milk Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 5 minutes, Yield: 1 serving


  • 350 ml or 11 ounces milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon beetroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ashwagandha powder (you can powder UMA’s Deep De-Stress Herbal Supplement in a mortar-pestle)
  • 2 pinches of nutmeg
  • 2 pinches of cardamom
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon (we also like to use ginger powder in a pinch)
  • Dried culinary rose petals and/or lavender buds for garnish


  1. Gently heat the milk over medium heat till it simmers. 
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in beetroot powder, ashwagandha and spices. For a frothy version, whisk vigorously with a frother or blend in a blender.
  3. Once these ingredients are well-combined and the drink cools slightly, add in the honey and stir well.
  4. Top with rose and lavender petals and drink warm.

Ayurveda for Sleep: Tips and Remedies for Restful Sleep

While natural sleep aids like this moon milk recipe will definitely get you gently rocking on slumber’s sea, here are some more Ayurvedic remedies for a good night’s sleep:

  1. Screens before sleep are a no-no: Who can resist the draw of watching cute cat videos or scrolling through social feeds? Blue light and all that mental stimulation keeps your brain in “daytime mode.” Wind down an hour before bed by turning off all your electronic devices. Read, meditate, listen to calming music, spend quality time with loved ones or journal for some quiet time to relax.
  2. Build a consistent bedtime routine: Turn in at the same time every day. In keeping with the Ayurvedic circadian rhythm, it’s best to sleep by 10 p.m. and wake before sunrise to keep the sluggishness of Kapha at bay. Create a ritual that whispers “deep sleep” to you with this guide.
  3. Maximize serenity in the sleep space: Transform your bedroom into a sleep oasis by creating a tranquil environment that is cool, dark and quiet. Light some incense and put things away to keep your space clear of clutter.

Stay nourished. Dream big. Sleep tight. 

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