Moon Milks: Maca Cacao + Lavender Tart Cherry

Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca

Hello my pretties. I've concocted some stress balancing tonics to help you (and me) get through this dark season. They are made with adaptogens which increase your body's ability to adapt to stress on the body/mind and prevent damaging effects. The name moon milk serves as a reminder that rest and relaxation are vital and we can pair them with the moon phases, hormone cycles and feelings or intuitive processes that come up during these times. Fall and winter is a perfect time for reflection to learn more about ourselves. Let's begin.

When I was a young girl I imagined myself a sorceress, surrounded by jars of herbs, goos and tinctures. I made up spells, brewed potions from ketchup, grapes and cold tea (fyi: not tasty) and consumed endless fantasy books and movies. When I was five my mum bought me The Wizard Of Oz and I drove her crazy watching it over and over with the same vigour as the first time. I went through obsessive phases of watching the same movie every day for a month at a time. Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Beauty and The Beast, The Witches, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal– anything supernatural was my choice of pleasure and poison.

When I was twelve my goth-ish aunt (who dressed only in black, swore often and had an unusual amount of skulls in her bedroom) took me and two other morbidly obsessed friends to a wicca shop in Toronto. We spent hours browsing spell books, inspecting crystals, and smelling one hundred  sticks of incense that gave us headaches. The lady working there swung a pendulum over our hands telling us which ones would birth a boy or girl. We bought a book of spells, a few charms including a (real?) rabbit's foot, and the least offensive incense we could find. We got home and laid them all out browsing our occult bounty with excitement. We put on our darkest shade of lipstick, re-watched The Craft for the bajillionth time and got to work. We took out the ouija board and conjured spirits which were mostly hand spasms from holding our fingers straight for an hour at a time. We played Light As A Feather Stiff As A Board, decided which element we felt a strong affinity for and sat in a circle in the backyard reciting the chant from The Craft, “HAIL TO THE GUARDIANS OF THE WATCHTOWER OF THE EAST!!! Hear me. Hear us!". Once in a while a light breeze would ruffle a feather around and we took that as confirmation that we were in fact real witches. We were unsure if that meant we sold our souls to the devil but in those times of hormonal highs and lows mixed with teenage angst, we were okay with that possibility.

When I was thirteen I invited friends over to watch The Exorcist because it was a classic scary movie and my goth-ish aunt said “it's very f*cked up and I almost shit my pants". “Perfect!" I thought.  Halfway through the movie everyone requested I turn it off because they felt disturbed watching a possessed girl of the same age mutilate her genitals with a cross. I said “nahhh, it's probably almost over" and then we all had near heart attacks as she spiderwalked down the stairs and spit up blood. They yelled at me asking why I wouldn't turn it off but I was too entranced by how terrifying it was. I loved testing how far I could push myself before clinical insanity. As I reflect back on my life, it's no a surprise I have sleep problems. 

Moon Milks, Crystals + Tarot || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca

With constant stimulation surrounding us, it's easy to feel how the outside world affects our inner world– how we feel, thoughts we think, how much or little anxiety is present. But what about cultivating our inner world to affect our outer reality? How often do we actively work on starting first from a peaceful grounded state of mind? We become more powerful and gain more control if we begin from a good feeling place. I work on this by giving myself alone time that is essential for me to feel balanced. I enjoy journaling, reading a book, going on a walk or just laying and let myself zone out. Meditation or yoga for even 5 minutes in the morning is a great place to begin my day. 

My incredibly talented friend Miranda creates this beautiful moon calendar every year which is perfect to hang on the wall and refer back to for journal entries and general guidance. She has also just released a moon journal with @thebodyastrologer that offers suggestions for what to focus on during each lunar cycle.

Check out Miranda on Instagram and find her calendar + journal here!

photo by  Alexa Mazzarello   

photo by Alexa Mazzarello  

Moon Milks, crystals + tarot || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks + burning sage || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks before bed || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks before bed || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca

Tapping into moon phases can be a great way to begin journaling if you don't know where to start. Each lunar cycle consists of 28 days as does a typical women's menstrual cycle. This is no accident we are linked with the waxing and waning of the moon. It is thought that before artificial light, women's menstrual cycles would align with the moon phases. If you're synced up, you'll menstruate around the new moon (the darkest time of the month) and ovulate with the full moon (the brightest time of the month). This information gives us insight into why we feel certain ways during our hormone cycle. When you know the feelings that may arise around these times, it can be an opportunity to 'go with the flow' of life rather than pushing against, which can leave you feeling stuck or frustrated. 

Moon Milks || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca

Lavender Tart Cherry Milk                                                                                                                                    promotes relaxation, sleep, calming effects, lowers inflammation

  • Drink: before bed, during the new moon, waning moon, during pms and menstruation
  • Adaptogen: Ashwagandha– lowers blood sugar + cortisol, increases brain function, reduces anxiety and depression, anti-cancer properties, increases testosterone + boosts fertility in men, lowers inflammation. 
  • Healing Herbs: Tart Cherry Juice– sleep enhancer (natural source of melatonin), high in antioxidants. Lavender–  relieves indigestion, good for sleep, promotes relaxation.
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Maca Cacao Milk                                                                                                                                                               increases energy + mental focus, hormone balancing, promotes sexual function

  • Drink: in the morning or afternoon, in substitute or alongside coffee, during the full moon, waxing moon, during ovulation and post menstruation. 
  • Adaptogen: Maca– boosts libido, increases endurance, balances hormones, increases fertility, increases physical + mental energy, sharpens memory + focus, mood balancing.
  • Healing Herb: Raw Cacao– high in antioxidants, iron, + magnesium (good for heart, brain focus, muscles, calming effect), natural mood elevator (seratonin, tryptophan + other neurotransmitters associated with feelings of happiness + well being).
  • Optional Adaptogens: Mucunas Pruriens (Velvet Bean)– antidepressant actions, antioxidant, good for digestion, increases libido, boosts energy + focus.                                                                         Chaga– immune boosting, antioxidant, reduces inflammation.

New Moonsetting intentions + seeking inspiration

Waxing Moonenergetic time, conception to fertility to creation, taking action to bring idea to fruition with the full moon

Full Mooncelebration + practicing gratitude

Waning Moonreleasing, decluttering, reflecting, restoring

Moon Milks, Candles + Tarot || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca
Moon Milks, clearing energy + burning sage || Soothing adaptogenic tonics to help sleep, increase energy and balance your hormones. Maca cacao milk for energy + lavender tart cherry milk for sleep and relaxation. Similar to golden milk, these plant based elixirs will soothe your soul. Good for a detox or some self care and relaxation.|| creamandhoney.ca

As above, so below friends.

xx


MOON MILKS

the magic

inspiration:                   moon phases + hormone cycles

the feels:                       creamy, soothing, warm, relaxing

eat with:                        tahini snack bites, shortbreads,                                                         gingerbread or chai cookies 

might like if you're into:     tarot cards, astrology, lunar cycles,                                                  ouija boards, witches, yoga, journaling,                                              forest walks, meditation, incense,                                                      herbalism, energy clearing,                                                              himalayan salt lamps, essential oils,                                                tracking your cycle

the science

makes one moon milk each || time: 5 t0 10 minutes                                                                                  

ingredients:                                                                                      

cacao maca milk    

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons cacao powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey/agave)
  • pinch of pink salt 
  • optional: 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • optional: 1 tablespoon almond butter   
  • optional: 1 teaspoon chaga, reishi or mucuna pruriens powder   
  • optional: shot of espresso or heaping teaspoon herbal coffee
  • optional: scoop of protein powder                                 

lavender tart cherry milk

  • 1/2 cup tart cherry juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (from can)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender buds
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (or maple/agave)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ashwaghanda powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink salt
  • optional: dried rose petals + dried lavender buds for garnish and aroma

method:                                                                                           

cacao maca milk

  1. Hot: In a small pot/pan, add milk, cacao, maca, maple syrup and pink salt. Whisk until combined. Heat over medium until just hot but not boiling. Drink as is or pour into blender, add other optional ingredients and blend for extra creaminess. 
  2. Cold: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for 30  to 60 seconds on until fully combined and creamy. 

lavender tart cherry milk

  1. In a small pot/pan, add almond milk, coconut milk, tart cherry juice, honey, vanilla, ashwagandha, and salt. Whisk until combined. Heat over medium until simmering. Remove from heat and add lavender buds. Cover with lid and let steep for 5 minutes. Pour into mug over a strainer to remove the lavender buds. Blend in blender if you prefer the drink more foamy. Crush edible dried rose petals and/or dried lavender together and sprinkle lightly on top for a soothing aroma. 

GINGER HIBISCUS SWITCHEL: A FERMENTED DETOX DRINK

Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Hello January. This is the time of year when sleeping the next 2 to 3 months away sounds like a viable  and more pleasant option than bearing the dead of winter. The weather has turned unbearably cold, I've become OCD about applying (and re-applying) body butter so I don't crack from dryness and the high from Christmas cheer is no more. It isn't all bad though, it's an opportunity for resting and stillness. The holidays filled with relaxing, parties and obscene amounts of food and alcohol are over. For me this means some kind of cleanse or detox is necessary to regain balance so that I do more than nap - eat - Netflix - repeat. This is more of a renewal period rather than a New Years resolution. Being a human is hard enough without putting too much pressure on yourself to be the healthiest most beautiful successful lady in the land. How about just a better feeling me? That I can handle. 

Pressure and responsibility in my brain:

On Vacation                                                                                                                                                               Pressure level: 0.                                                                                                                                                           Thoughts: I'm great at vacation! It's probably the thing I do best. Also drinking margaritas. But that's all part of the job.."

A day off with nothing to do                                                                                                                                Pressure level: 2 (because Toronto always has an air pressure and sometimes I forget look both ways before crossing the street).                                                                                                                                       Thoughts: I woke up, cleaned my body and put food in it. I'm a lady boss right now" *Puts in head phones, turns up music very loud and dances around apartment to Beyonce and Solange*

A cleaning + groceries day.                                                                                                                                       Pressure level: 3                                                                                                                                                                         Thoughts: Look at me doing stuff! I'M A REAL ADULT NOW, WORLD! I even organized the tupperware lids that attack me when I open the cupboard!" 

Paying bills and making an appointment (aka a very adult day)                                                                    Pressure level: 6                                                                                                                                                       Thoughts: What IS money though, really?! It's not even a real thing, like bars of gold or precious gems! We should go back to trading things so I could pay my phone bill in that Pinterest DIY wine cork craft I made."       

A work day plus additional chores after.                                                                                                                         Pressure level: 8                                                                                                                                                     Thoughts:  THIS IS TOO MANY THINGS FOR ONE PERSON! WHAT AM I, A FUCKING WIZARD?!"

People talking about pensions and retirement plans.                                                                                       Pressure level: 95, 000                                                                                                                                               Thoughts: How will I survive as an old lady? I mean, the games of bridge will be fun but where will I live and how will I digest the gruel they feed people in old age homes?! Omg! What about if I'm too broke for an old age home?! Where do they send poor elderly people?! Probably those places where they're abused and the gruel is made with water instead of milk. Or is THAT even too expensive? Maybe when I'm almost old enough for that I'll just go stand in the middle of a field with a metal rod in a thunderstorm in hopes lightning strikes me dead. I've always wanted to die by lightning strike (or asleep peacefully in my bed). I'd rather die early than spend 5 to 20 years eating grey meals and sitting in front of the one gazing window. Also, WTF is a mutual fund anyways!?!?!?"

Doing taxes.                                                                                                                                                                   Pressure level: System Overload                                                                                                                     Thoughts: ⑂⏚␦⍥⌲⎀⌘☞♤☃☂℅🎶"

Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Great, so now that I've given myself a panic attack (and maybe you, I'm sorry, I love you) about how I've never been able to adult properly let's just all chill out and be good to ourselves and our bodies for a minute. 

This drink is a perfect start to detoxing in the new year. It's called switchel or haymaker's punch and it has unconfirmed mysterious roots in the Caribbean (mystery makes everything better). It is speculated it was brought to North America where farmers began drinking it as an old timey gatorade! It has electrolytes galore, it's fermented (which means good for your digestion and pretty much everything ever), it's anti-inflammatory and the taste!!! Ohhh the taste. It's so refreshing and delicious. Also, an ideal hangover drink or if you've indulged in a lot of rich food. And! It's so easy to make. You can mix up a big batch and have it on hand for whenever you need some nourishment. It's also amazing with gin if you find yourself off a cleanse and needing to calm down after doing taxes or having an existential crisis. Just sayin.   

Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Benefits:

  • Raw apple cider vinegar: Good for almost everything ever. If you haven't been doing shots of apple cider vinegar for years and wishing they could taste better (and now it can!) then check out here the benefits of apple cider vinegar. It makes our bodies more alkaline, helps detoxify the liver, prevents heart burn/acid reflux, helps digestion, regulates blood sugar and so much more). It must be the raw unpasteurized kind from the health food stores. You want all that weird looking sediment at the bottom, just shake before pouring. (Good brands: BRAGG's, Eden, Filsinger's, Omega Nurtrition)
  • Ginger: anti-inflammatory, good for digestion + nausea, boosts immune system + helps fight infection, lowers blood sugar, + more. 
  • Honey: antibacterial, anti fungal, helps heal wounds, boosts immune system, good for heart burn + more. 
  • Hibiscus: high in vitamin C (boosts immune system), lowers blood pressure, cooling effect so it's good for fever and hot flashes. 
  • Mint: good for digestion + nausea, cooling effect, good for liver function, good for breath and inhibiting bacteria growth in mouth. Bonus! Apparently makes you fart less too.
  • Lime (optional): Vitamin C (boosts immune system), good for digestion, helps heartburn, anti-inflammatory, helps with constipation.

 

Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Ginger Hibiscus Switchel || This healthy fermented drink recipe is super easy and uses only a few ingredients. Similar to kombucha and perfect for a summer mocktail or a detox! Add gin to make it a cocktail. || www.creamandhoney.ca

GINGER HIBISCUS SWITCHEL

the magic

inspiration:                my kombucha obsession

the feels:                    refreshing, slightly tart and sweet

eat with:                     a hangover, after exercise, heartburn, a                                             need for nourishment. Add gin or vodka to                                         make it a fun cocktail. 

might like if you're into:          kombucha, jun tea, all things                                                            fermented, detoxifying, hibiscus                                                        watermelon popsicles

 

the science

makes 4 cups of switchel || prep time: 5 minutes // steep time: 2 to 12 hours

ingredients:

  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into coins or matchsticks
  • 5 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup dried hibiscus (sorrel) flowers
  • handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • splash of soda water
  • optional: slice of lime 

method:

  1. In a litre mason jar or container with sealable lid, add fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar, honey, hibiscus and water. Seal lid and shake until honey is dissolved. Add mint leaves and reseal. Place in fridge for at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours (I usually leave mine overnight).
  2. Strain switchel after 8 to 12 hours (no more so that it doesn't over steep, it can get quite astringent if the hibiscus is in too long).
  3. Pour into glass over ice with an inch to spare. Add a splash of soda water to top up the glass. Add a slice of lime if desired.