Taking Pinterest and Instagram by storm, the trending milk claims to be a natural sleep aid for those who suffer from insomnia. A new spin on a cup of warm milk, “moon milk” uses cow’s milk, honey, spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg, and adaptogens.
Adaptogens are an herbal supplement which some claim can improve the health of the adrenal system. Different types of adaptogens alter the color of the spiced milk, making an eye-catching drink perfect for social media.
According to HelloGiggles, a popular health and lifestyle website, “moon milk” has seen a 700% increase in popularity over the past year on Pinterest alone and is on track to be America’s next health trend. The colorful dairy concoction can also be found on Instagram in every color under the sun.
But does this new health craze actually work? While the verdict is still out if the dairy drink will help one sleep, it does have some health benefits.
Erin Coffield, a registered dietitian at the National Dairy Council, explained the health factors.
“It’s simply cow’s milk with some added spices and herbs,” Coffield said. “Nutrient-rich cow’s milk already sets you on the path to a healthy choice, because you get the added benefits of protein, calcium, vitamin D, B vitamins, and more.”
Besides the nutrients provided from milk, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger may assist with digestion and a sense of calmness.
If counting sheep is not working for you, maybe “moon milk” can help you rest up before another long day on the farm.