Last week I mentioned a study correlating sleeplessness with the full moon. This week,           I share a recipe for Golden Milk.  Full moon or not,    I find a cup of this before bedtime comforts and relaxes me. This recipe, from, is pretty standard. You can find endless others online as well as in any good ayurvedic cookbook.  You can mix it up a bit: maple syrup for honey; cow or coconut milk instead of almond milk. I always use ginger and pepper though Islone’s recipe below pegs them as optional. Vanilla is a creative addition.

Some recipes have you begin by heating a tablespoon or so of  almond oil (or coconut oil) and stirring in your spices, letting them sizzle for a few moments before adding your choice of milk. I always make it on the stovetop, not the microwave. If you really get into it, make up your spice mixture to have on hand and when you’re having a nuit blanche (a Frenchwoman’s sleepless night) Just heat up your oil, sizzle in the spices and milk and bon soir!

Golden Milk


  • 2 cups plant milk of your choice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extrtact (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger (optional)
  • A dash of ground black pepper


  • Add all the ingredients to a saucepan, stir until well combined and cook over medium heat until hot (about 3-5 minutes). Stir occasionally.
  • Serve immediately or keep the leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or microwave until warm enough.


  • You can make this recipe with almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk ,or even coconut milk instead of soy milk.
  • Although sweetener is optional and you don’t have to incorporate it to your golden milk, it will taste better if you do.
  • Feel free to use any kind of sweetener.
  • Ground black pepper enhances turmeric’s properties and absorption, but you can omit it if you don’t like how it tastes.
  • Incorporate, change, or replace all the spices you want. (Debra here. I don’t now why you’d want to do this but I’m including the author’s comments.)
  • I’d recommend you make your own vanilla extract at home, as it’s healthier and more affordable.
  • I used ground cinnamon, although you could also use a cinnamon stick instead. Just remember to remove it before serving.


Disclaimer: This recipe is for enjoyment, not to diagnose or in any other way offer as treatment for a medical condition.