The Sleep Remedy that’s Hiding in your Kitchen
I was skeptical when I first heard about the power of this milk and nutmeg sleep recipe.
How can warm milk and some spice lurking in the back of my cabinet help my insomnia?
This recipe is actually a trifecta of sleep inducing goodies. Some more powerful than others, but they work together to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up the next morning without that hungover feeling so many OTC sleep aids can.
Admittedly, honey, milk, and nutmeg aren’t ingredients you’d think would make up a homemade sleep remedy. I mean, that’s basically custard, right?
But these three ingredients combine to make an insomnia elixir that’s the tastiest natural sleep remedy you’ll ever try.
Behold, the Power of Nutmeg for Sleep
Nutmeg is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. There it is on Thanksgiving making Grandma’s pumpkin pie taste like a little piece of love, but drinking a 1/4 tsp of it will knock you out.
That’s because nutmeg’s chemical make up is similar to tranquilizers and is even considered a narcotic.
Don’t get any ideas though! This recipe won’t make you high, but it will make you sleepy.
Nutmeg helps you relax and get drowsy in several ways:
- A natural muscle relaxant
- Inhibits the release of stress hormones
- Contains magnesium, a necessary sleep mineral
- Helps to calm a racing mind
A word of warning. Nutmeg is so powerful you can actually overdose on it. Ingesting nutmeg in high doses (more than the 1/4 tsp) can cause hallucinations, vomiting, heart palpitations and even death.
Have you been Using Honey as a Sleep Remedy?
You might not think of raw honey as a natural sleep aid, but it’s a pretty potent natural insomnia remedy.
If you haven’t used honey for sleep before, this milk and nutmeg sleep potion is a tasty way to try it out. It’s so potent, honey is the main ingredient in most homemade drinks to help insomnia because it has so many sleep benefits:
- Fuels the liver throughout the night, which keeps you from waking up suddenly
- Activates the production of melatonin and seratonin
- Releases tryptophan in your brain
Be sure to only use unfiltered raw honey in this recipe. Commercial honey is heated to the point that most of the beneficial enzymes and minerals are cooked out. Some commercial honeys aren’t even honey at all, they’re made out of high fructose syrup and water!
Honey, Milk and Nutmeg Sleep Recipe
The first time I tried this nutmeg sleep remedy, I was shocked at how quickly I felt its effects. I could hardly keep my eyes open 30 minutes after I drank a cup. I had a rare but glorious problem: I ended up going to bed earlier than I intended.
8 ounces of milk (you can use almond or coconut milk, too)
1/4 tsp freshly grated organic nutmeg (not powdered)
Pinch of Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
Place milk in a saucepan and heat on low just until bubbles form. Remove from heat and mix in the raw honey, grated nut meg, and cinnamon if using. Drink 30 minutes to an hour before bed.
Everybody is different, and it might not affect you as strongly as it did me. But I’d recommend drinking your milk and nutmeg sleep elixir once you’re in for the night.
Nutmeg Sleep Remedy Variations
I love the flavor of this sleep elixir. No surprise, it tastes just like custard! Here’s how you can personalize it to suit your tastes:
Add 1 tbsp organic blackstrap molasses in place of (or in addition to) the raw honey. Molasses is a sleep super food, and it was the main ingredient in my molasses sleep tonic. Molasses is an insomnia buster because 1 tablespoon has 48 grams of magnesium, a mineral your body needs to begin the process of sleep.
You can also add 1/4 tsp of pink Himalayan sea salt. Himalayan sea salt helps your insomnia by regulating sleep hormones and helps to keep blood sugar levels stable.
Adding Ceylon cinnamon is optional, but if you do, you’ll be regulating blood sugar and improving blood circulation. Just remember to use pure Ceylon cinnamon in your cinnamon sleep drink. Cheap “cinnamons” sold in grocery stores are usually cassia, not cinnamon at all.
Related: If you’re looking for a non-dairy or vegan sleep drink, try this Sweet and Dreamy Warm Almond Milk Sleep Recipe.
Have Trouble with Insomnia? Try a Mug of Milk and Nutmeg Sleep Elixir
Are you tired of laying awake at night for hours, just to fall asleep two hours before it’s time to get up? That used to be my life night after night, but now I only have that problem occasionally.
I like to only use natural ways to get to sleep because sleeping pills can be harmful unless prescribed by a doctor. Who knew an effective sleep aid could taste like dessert?
When you have insomnia, you end up being willing to try some really wacky natural sleep remedies just to get some relief. Yeah, they might work, but I think the easiest and tastiest sleep aid is this honey, milk, and honey sleep elixir.