Sipping on a drink at night before you go to bed can help soothe the body and calm the mind, while it also provides your body with multiple benefits, all this while you sleep. Sleep is essential because your body repairs itself and gets rejuvenated.
Here are 6 healthy bedtime drinks:
Saffron tea has multiple benefits. It can help prevent cancer, improve eyesight, promote better skin health, promote better digestion and also fight inflammation in the body.
- 1 cup milk
- 10 strands of saffron
- A pinch of cardamom/elaichi powder
- Honey to taste
Into a heating pot, add half a cup of milk and the strands of saffron and let it come to a boil. You will see that the color of the milk has changed. Then, add in the other half cup of milk along with the elaichi powder and let it boil for 2 to 4 minutes before turning off the flame. Pour into a cup and it is ready to consume.
CCF tea is well-known to be one of the most effective sleep remedies. It can also promote relaxation from stress and anxiety. Valerian tea can be especially beneficial to women to reduce the effects of menstrual symptoms and reduce the symptoms of menopause.
Into a cup of hot water, add the valerian root tea bag and let it sit for 10 minutes, covered with a lid so that the valerian can get infused into the water. Then, remove the tea bag and consume it.
Moon milk contains various ingredients like cinnamon, ashwagandha, nutmeg, ginger, coconut oil, etc, which can be a powerful bedtime drink as consuming it can help your body reap the benefits of all these ingredients.
- 1 cup milk
- ½ tsp ashwagandha powder
- ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Honey or maple syrup to taste
Into a heating pot, add the milk and let it heat up on low flame (do not let it boil). Once heated, add in the ashwagandha powder, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg powder (optional) and let it continue to get heated for 3 to 4 minutes before turning off the flame. Then pour into a cup, add in the coconut oil and honey or maple syrup, stir well and consume.
Apart from inducing sleep, chamomile tea can help boost digestive health, promote better skin health and also protect the body against harmful diseases as it is rich in antioxidants.
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp organic dried chamomile flowers
- Honey to taste
Into a heating pot, add the water and dried chamomile flowers and let it come to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid and then let it simmer for 5 to 6 minutes on slow heat. Then turn off the flame, strain, add in the honey, stir well and it is ready to consume.
Tip: If you do not have chamomile powder or dried flowers, you can use 1 to 2 chamomile tea bags, depending on how you like them.
Caution: Chamomile tea may not agree with everyone and can have side effects like allergies etc, which could also vary depending on the potency of the chamomile. So, it is advisable to start off with very low potency of chamomile in your tea and slowly increase it based on the reaction it has with your body.
Golden milk (turmeric milk):
Turmeric is one of the most versatile ingredients and has multiple benefits. Drinking this golden milk or turmeric milk can help promote better sleep, relieve pain and inflammation in the body (for those who suffer from arthritis, etc), promote better skin health, and keep common colds, coughs, and infections at bay.
- 1 cup of warm/hot milk
- ½ tsp organic turmeric powder (haldi)
- 1 tsp organic honey
- ¼ tsp pepper powder (optional)
In a warm/hot cup of milk, add the turmeric powder and honey and mix well. You can also add ¼ tsp pepper powder, which is optional. Stir it well and drink it before you sleep.
Cinnamon tea has various health benefits from promoting weight loss, to lowering blood sugar levels, preventing cough, cold, and infections, boosting immunity to promoting better heart health. It can also be an effective remedy for those suffering from insomnia.
- 1 glass water/milk
- 2 one-inch sticks of cinnamon
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder)
- 1 tsp honey
Into a heating pot, add one glass of water or milk and the cinnamon sticks or cinnamon powder. Let it come to a boil and then let it simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. Turn off the flame and let it sit for 5 minutes with a lid on. Then strain this into a cup, add in the honey, stir it well and it is ready to consume.