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From ‘golden milk’ to ‘moon milk’ - the rise of Ayurvedic milk-based drinks

1st October 2018

First there was ‘golden milk’, and now images of dreamy-looking ‘moon milk’ seem to be dominating our social feeds. Pinterest alone has seen a 700% rise in recipe searches for moon milk over the last year.

So what has sparked the latest interest in herb and spice-filled milk drinks, and are they worth the hype?

Where did the trend begin?

In India, the concept of blending warm milk and herbs and spices is not new. In the case of ‘moon milk’, blending cardamom, cinnamon and Ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (known for its anxiety-easing properties), dates back hundreds of years.

It is no coincidence that as our interest in Ayurveda (India’s ancient health system) increases, so does our awareness of warming cups of milk, herbs and spices to benefit wellbeing.

What makes them so special?

What stands ‘golden’ and ‘moon milk’ apart from other milky drinks is that they incorporate Ayurvedic herbs, such as turmeric and ashwagandha, which are also adaptogens.

Adaptogens essentially help the body adapt to current emotional and physical stressors. For example, they can help bring calm in times of heightened strain, bring peace to a racing mind in the middle of the night, and provide clarity and give energy when we are tired.

Ashwagandha is one of the most common adaptogens found in these popular drinks and is one of the most widely used herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s known as a ‘tonic’ herb and is said to have an overall rejuvenating effect – helping to protect and support the nervous system and immune system as well as improving energy.

How do I make ‘golden milk’ and ‘moon milk’?

Golden milk 

Gently warm your preferred milk in a pan and add almond, cardamom pod, saffron, turmeric root, nutmeg and ashwagandha root (optional).

Moon milk

Add cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and ashwagandha to your favourite warm milk.

Pukka Herbs’ new organic herbal lattes

For an easy way to get practitioner grade herbs and spices, including adaptogens such as ashwagandha, try Pukka Herbs’ new organic herbal lattes.

Cacao Maca Magic has been expertly blended using ashwagandha and cardamom, whilst Turmeric Gold has been blended using turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and saffron. Just add to your favourite milk to enjoy.

Pukka Herbs’ Cacao Maca Magic Latte

Beneath the velvety, luxurious chocolate flavour lies three very special organic herbs to naturally boost mood and balance hormones.

  • Cacao is an endorphin-boosting botanical, enhancing feelings of pleasure
  • Ashwagandha is a stress-regulating adaptogen, naturally nourishing adrenals and calming an anxious mind
  • Maca is a stimulating herb, naturally boosting mood (and libido)
  • Shatavari is a balancing adaptogen, which naturally supports the female reproductive system.

How does it taste?

Chocolatey, smooth and indulgent – like a sumptuous hot chocolate but without the sugar and with all the benefits of herbal heroes.

Pukka Herbs’ Turmeric Gold Latte

A protective, aromatic, antioxidant-fuelled and caffeine-free blend of organic turmeric and other natural spices.

  • Turmeric is a super-spice, famed for its powerful antioxidant qualities and abilities to naturally nourish and support both the body at all stages of life
  • Ginger is warming, reinvigorating and rich in essential oils, helping the absorption of turmeric
  • Cinnamon is a naturally sweet and warming spice, helping to balance blood sugar levels and curb sweet cravings.

How does it taste?

Our organic turmeric has an earthy and complex flavour and provides this latte with a glorious golden hue. We use pre-biotic inulin for a touch of natural sweetness and coconut milk powder for a luscious creamy texture. We finish off the recipe with a blend of natural spices for a deliciously well-rounded and moreish flavour.

You can find all four of our herbal latte blends in larger Tesco stores, all good health food shops and in our online store.

Be sure to share your latte making skills with @PukkaHerbs using the hashtag #PukkaLatte.

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