Our world is a truly fascinating place full of tiny, everyday magicks.
Personally, my favorite everyday magick is food. Everything we consume from the natural world not only provides us with delicious nourishment, it also has the power to heal and revitalize us in surprising ways. Cherry moon milk is one of these magicks.
Magickal & Medicinal Cherries
I’ve loved cherries since I was a little girl. As the granddaughter of four farmers, I had plenty of access to a variety of fruits, but when strawberry season waned and stone fruits hung heavy in the trees, cherries held my heart for the rest of the summer.
What I didn’t know was that my love of this fruit was likely rooted not only in their taste but also in how they made me feel. Cherries contain melatonin—the hormone our bodies release as we prepare for sleep—and are high in antioxidants that reduce inflammation and pain in the body. My adolescent self was unknowingly consuming a natural mood booster!
Magickally speaking, cherries are held in high regard as a fruit of longevity, inner peace, and enhancing intuition. This auspicious combination of medicinal and magickal properties makes them the perfect key ingredient for chilled, peace-inducing moon milk.
Moon milk is simply a blend of milk, natural sweetener, spices, and a main flavor—such as lavender or turmeric. It originated in Ayurveda, holistic medicine widely practiced across India. Today, Ayurveda and the many benefits of moon milk have taken the rest of the world by storm—and my kitchen is certainly no exception!
Mixing a Chilled Cherry Moon Milk
Though moon milk is usually enjoyed warm, the summer months demand a cold option, which inspired me to create the following recipe. And, since I believe life=magick, I also crafted a meditation to help enhance the drink’s soothing properties and really ground myself in the simple peace of enjoying an evening treat.
For the recipe, I decided to build on cherries’ natural health benefits by combining them with oat milk, raw honey, turmeric, and cinnamon. Oat milk’s nutty flavor complements the cherries, and oats also have mood-boosting properties. Raw honey is anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, as are both turmeric and cinnamon. Combined, they’re both delicious and intensely nourishing.
To make this recipe, you’ll need: