One to make as soon as you wake… to take with the sun and breathe life into your day. The other to sip by the side of the moon… relaxing the soul and preparing the body for a night filled with restful dreams.
When we wake, just as when we fall asleep, our bodies and minds shift into a new state. Waking from a slumber is like a daily rebirth — and it’s not always easy to make that transition. Similarly, when we transition from a day filled with thinking and moving and doing (and doing and doing), it’s not always easy to shake off everything we’ve just experienced in order to fall into a peaceful sleep. Today I’m sharing two homemade drinks — one to energize you in the morning; one to relax you at night. I love the idea of incorporating a daily and nightly beverage like these into your everyday routine.
I’ve never been one for a morning cup of coffee, and while I do love me a hot cup of tea, caffeinated beverages often make me feel jittery and anxious. This sun tonic is the perfect answer for those of you who aren’t so into caffeine. It smells amazing, tastes delicious, and offers up a ton of energy for your day — all without the not-so-nice side effects of caffeine. It actually mimics a wonderful espresso drink quite well — I love the froth that forms on top!
Made with: almond milk, coconut oil, ashwaganda root powder, turmeric powder, carob powder, and agave nectar.
Ashwaganda root is a powerful herb often used in Ayurvedic medicine. It helps increase energy while balancing the body and increasing immunity. Turmeric is a spice that is another favorite when it comes to Ayurveda. It’s loved by many for its anti-inflammatory properties, and is excellent for detoxifying the liver, and improving the immune system, as well. (See more uses for turmeric).
To make: Heat 3 cups almond milk on the stove top to your desired temperature. Pour milk into a blender, add in 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon ashwaganda root, 2 teaspoons agave nectar (or more if you like it sweet!), and 1 tablespoon carob powder, and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass or mug, add in 1 teaspoon turmeric, stir, and enjoy!
While I’m usually quite tired come evening, there are some nights where I just can’t seem to shut my mind off. It just keeps going and going, wandering from one topic to the next with seemingly no desire to stop. I love this moon tonic drink because it’s a tad more interesting than the average cup of tea, and it engulfs you in a gorgeous aroma as you sip.
Made with: tart cherry juice, chamomile tea, and vanilla extract.
Tart cherries are filled with melatonin, which helps control our sleep and wake cycles. Chamomile is widely used for aiding with sleep and calming upset stomach — its relaxation properties make it the perfect nighttime herb. Vanilla is one of the most calming aromas, making it, too, a beautiful choice to include in this moon tonic.
To make: Brew half a cup of chamomile tea. Add in two drops of vanilla extract. Fill to the brim with tart cherry juice, stir well, and drink up! This can be enjoyed hot or cold.
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