This year has been a spooky ride for more reasons than one, and it would only be natural that this year we would experience the spookiest Halloween yet. This Halloween you can expect to be (safely) trick or treating underneath the light of the rare blue moon. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that the moon will actually be the color blue but that it is the second full moon we will experience in the month of October! Full moons typically occur once a month somewhere from around every 29 to 31 days, but sometimes a second one finds its way in. This natural phenomenon has not occurred since 1944, and will most likely not occur till 2039 so you better not miss out! In honor of this exciting and rare phenomenon, I have created the perfect blue moon milk recipe for you to sip while gazing up at the bright, blue moon after a long night of trick or treating with the kiddos.
What is Moon Milk?
Moon Milk is warm milk mixed with herbs and spices that helps balance hormones, induces relaxation, and acts as a sleep aid. The origin of this cozy mixture comes from ayurvedic medicine, an ancient medicinal practice from India that is still widely practiced today. One of the key ingredients in Moon Milk that makes it so great, is Ashwagandha, which is an adaptogen known to relieve stress, while also boosting your immune system. You can find this wonderful herbal ally from Mountain Rose Herbs. It comes in powdered form, so you can easily add it to this latte.
What Makes the Milk Blue?
The milk gets this iconic blue color from adding butterfly pea flowers, preferably in powdered form although tea form can work just as well. This tea is packed with healthy antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and amino acids. If you decide to use the tea form, you must remember to steep the tea in warm milk for about 10 minutes, strain it, and then add the rest of the ingredients.
How to Make It...
This recipe is extremely easy to make! All you have to do is take your saucepan, pour in the oat milk, slowly bring the milk to a boil and reduce to a simmer while whisking in all the nutritious ingredients. Make sure to add the maple syrup for added sweetness at your liking, and garnish it with crushed rose petals to make it feel extra special.
For more on the special ingredients read more at the Herbal Academy where I go in-depth on this moon milk recipe!!
How to Make Blue Moon Milk
This dreamy latte is perfect for celebrating the blue moon of 2020 or any full moon!
- Prep Time5 min
- Cook Time10 min
- Total Time15 min
- Yield1 cup
For the burger
- 1 cup oat milk
- 1 teaspoon butterfly pea powder
- 1 teaspoon dried chamomile (whole dried flowers can be found on Mountain Rose Herbs, otherwise, you can use tea bags.)
- ½ teaspoon ashwaghanda
- 1 T maple syrup
- Crushed roses for a garnish
Preparing the spices
Add oat milk to a small sauce pan over medium to high heat slowly bring it to a boil. Add in all ingredients and whisk until blended.
When it starts to boil, remove from heat, cover and let steep for ten minutes. Strain out the chamomile and add maple syrup to taste. Garnish with crushed rose petals and serve in a dainty teacup.