Nurturing Ayurvedic bedtime drink

nurturing Bedtime drink ingredients Ayurveda

(find these organic herbs & spices in our dispensary)

This is a classic Ayurvedic formula for promoting a good nights sleep. It is a nourishing & nurturing tonic for the body & mind….. It’s also delicious and very comforting before bed!

nurturing bedtime drink ayurveda

Ingredients: Milk,Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Turmeric, Nutmeg, Raw Sugar & Ghee


  • Pour 1 mug of full fat, unhomogenised, organic cows milk into a saucepan
  • Add  the following ingredients to the milk
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
    • 1 crushed knob of ginger
    • 3-4 crushed cardamom pods
    • 3 cloves
    • 1/4 tsp of turmeric
    • 1/4 -1/2 tsp of nutmeg
    • 1/2 tsp of ghee.
  • Bring to the boil and add 1/2 tsp raw sugar to serve

This formula of ingredients works synergistically to create a nourishing and nurturing drink, ideal for building strength in Winter time.

  • Milk: contains the naturally occurring hormone melatonin, which is necessary for proper sleep and recovery. If you are vegan or have a dairy allergy use organic coconut or almond milk
  • Nutmeg: is considered a strong sedative, so is conducive to deep sleep and calming a busy mind.
  • Cinnamon, ginger, cardamon and cloves: help to digest milk and together with turmeric help to regulate blood sugars, balancing the effect of raw sugar.
  • Sugar: is important for taste, comfort and assimilation of herbal constituents (Only use good quality sugar such as coconut, rapadura or dark brown muscavado – never use white/processed sugar)
  • Ghee: high in butyric acid, is also very helpful in moving the active herbal constituents through cell membranes and across the blood brain barrier. Butyric acid helps to control metabolism, inflammation and stress resistance.
  • If you wish to potentise this mix you can add powders of Ashwagandha, Shatavari or Brahmi, time tested Ayurvedic tonics.

Consuming this drink 1 hour before bedtime is ideal to help with sleeping difficulties. Taking it 1 hour before bed gives nutmeg  time to act when going to sleep.

To learn more about Ayurvedic nutrition or the medicinal use of spices join one of our seasonal Ayurvedic cooking classes or our Ayurvedic Kitchen medicine class.

Doug hyde Ayurveda teacher & practitioner

Doug hyde Ayurveda teacher & practitioner

About the author – Doug Hyde

Doug is an Ayurvedic practitioner, therapist & teacher and the co-owner of Satmya. He was first introduced to Ayurveda in 1998 and has pursued his passion for this ancient science ever since. Read more here