This is my go-to recipe when I am having problems falling asleep because my mind is racing. Luckily I don’t have these kind of days often as I am quite a good sleeper, but in my stressful days working in a marketing agency for big and very demanding clients to tight deadlines, this one was a life-saver. It’s super easy to make and sends me to slumber land within 10 minutes. Magic.
You want to prepare this drink so that you can have it just before tucking in - or potentially in bed already (I know! I am very diligent about brushing my teeth, so I usually get up for it after I had my sleep milk).
A note about milk
Ayurveda traditionally regards milk as one of the most important foods, but when we talk about milk from an Ayurvedic point of view, we talk about raw milk that has not been treated as much as our milk today is and that comes from one (!) happy (!!) cow. The milk that you get in the supermarkets today does not have much to do with this. You might be lucky and have a local milk(wo)man who can even supply you with raw milk, but what should you do if you can’t get your hands on any? And what if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant?
Well, you can of course substitute cow’s milk with plant-based milk of your choice. If you want to go for the real deal, try finding one of these (in order of preference) raw milk, organic non-homogenised full fat milk, organic full fat milk. I would not take anything else to be honest. Our body can’t digest any sort of skimmed milk properly, it might do more damage than good in your body.
But now, let’s move on to the recipe:
Ayurvedic Saffron Milk
Makes 1 serving
1 cup of milk (plant based or one of the versions described above)
5 strands of saffron
Sweetener of your choice (I prefer jaggery or honey - make sure that the milk cools down to around 40 degrees, if you use honey)
Pinch of cardamom, turmeric or nutmeg
Over medium heat, gently bring the milk to a boil. Lower the heat and add the saffron, bring to a quick boil again and lower the heat.
If you prefer, you can add spices of your choice. Especially nutmeg or cardamom work nicely. Add sweetener of your choice and enjoy in small sips while winding down for the evening.
Happy slumbers :)