When I was a little gir,l if there was ever a night when I couldn’t fall asleep, I could always count on my Dad to make me a nice warm cup of milk. I didn’t know why or how it worked but it always did.
Maybe you think warm milk is really just an old wives tale but for those who have experienced it you know it really does works. Scientific studies are inconclusive as to why it works and it may just be a powerful placebo effect when it comes to warm milk.
My personal favorite recipe is a tasty combination of unsweetened almond milk, raw honey and a sprinkling of nutmeg. The perfect combination to help lull you into a night of sweet dreams.
An excellent source of calcium and calcium helps our brain produce melatonin which regulates our sleep-wake cycle. Almonds also contains magnesium to help calm down the brain.
Full of anti-microbial properties to help boost the function of our immune system. Honey added to milk helps the body release melatonin to allow the body to achieve deep sleep. Melatonin also boosts immunity which is essential for tissue repair and rebuilding during sleep.
A potent spice that has been used since ancient times for various ailments including an excellent sleep aid. Ancient Roman and Greek civilizations used it to relieve fatigue, anxiety and depression. It is a staple in ancient Chinese medicine to treat inflammation, joint and muscle pain. Nutmeg is also a wonderful liver and kidney detoxifier.Print
Sleepy Time Tonic
1 cup milk, unsweetened almond is my favorite
1–3 tsp. raw honey
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
In a sauce pan over medium low heat warm up the milk until it begins to steam.
Remove from heat and stir in the raw honey.
Sprinkle in the nutmeg and stir until it is combined.
Cool if needed until it is a nice warm drinkable temperature.
Enjoy this about an hour before bed, to allow for one last potty break before sleep.
Sip slowly and allow yourself to unwind, think of all the things that brought you joy during the day, take time to express gratitude and get ready for sleep.