Before bedtime, I’ve been drinking this soul soothing Pink Moon Milk. I love that this recipe falls into the category of “I’m-delicious-but-also-medicinal”, and is very easy to make. During the day, I sip on this Cucumber Lemon Water that’s hydrating, but also so refreshing.
This delicious warm drink is made with homemade almond milk (or storebought oat milk is delicious!), honey, and Montmorency tart cherry juice, one of the few natural sources of melatonin, which is responsible for the regulation of the body’s internal clock and sleep-wake cycle. I also added a little ashwagandha, considered an adaptogen, a substance that enhances the body’s adaptive response to stress and balances normal body functions.
I love its light sweetness, and the way cherries work with almonds (a classic flavor combination). The dried rose petals certainly add beauty, but the fragrance that drifts to your nose with each sip is quite relaxing as well.
From being very young and pushing for just two more minutes before getting tucked in, to consistently flying in the door at exactly curfew time in high school. To college, where I wouldn’t walk out the door to party until after 9pm, and sleep until noon the next day.
As I age, I’m the exact opposite – so excited for my head to hit the pillow every single night. The exhales. The slow down. The closing of the day. But if only my excitement for sleep matched the ease of falling asleep.
I’ve been consciously working on my nighttime routine to help calm my mind, and body, so that I’m able to fall asleep easier. Sleep is so incredibly important in recharging, and regenerating our cells, and all the working parts that keep us moving forward each day.
I first started by agreeing to put my phone/computer screen down at 10:30pm, as I’d find myself lying in bed, scrolling mindlessly through social media or emails, further provoking racing thoughts. I also run an aromatherapy diffuser all night, using this Peaceful Sleep Oil blend, which I feel really does help.
I started taking a shower at night instead of in the morning, to act as a signal to my brain of washing the day off, and embrace the soothing feeling that hot water and steam can give.