Seed Cycling Moon Milk for Hormone Health (Vegan)
These vegan moon milk recipes make a perfectly healthy, easy and delicious way to balance your hormones with the use of seed cycling for hormone balance. These seed cycling moon milk recipes contain powerful nutrient-dense ingredients such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, rose petals, cardamom, cinnamon, coconut oil and lavender to complement your follicular and luteal reproductive phases to bring you more in sync with the phases of the moon and restore healthy menstrual cycles!
I think by now, we all know that I love the moon (ha!), and glorious moon milk. These moon milks for hormone balance are no exception! They were inspired by my own journey to heal and balance my natural phases and cycles. Read on to learn more about moon milk, seed cycling, hormone health, + the best tips and tricks for making the perfect cup!
What is Seed Cycling?
Seed cycling a.k.a. seed rotation is a completely safe, easy, and natural method for synchronizing and balancing your hormones, regulating your menstrual cycles, relieving PMS symptoms, increasing fertility, easing PCOS symptoms & more all through the use of powerful phytoestrogens, fatty acids, and nutrients in various seeds. Different seeds correspond for each of the two main phases of our menstruation cycles. These two cycles are the Follicular Phase and the Luteal Phase . When your hormones are well balanced, you will generally run on a 28-day cycle (just like the moon!).
The Follicular Phase:
The follicular phase is day 1-14 of your cycle. It begins on the first day of your period and ends when you begin ovulating. If you’re also syncing with the moon, this would be from the new to full moon.
During the follicular phase, estrogen levels rise to prepare for implantation.
The Luteal Phase:
The luteal phase is day 15-28 of your cycle. It begins when you start ovulating and ends when you start your next period. If you’re also syncing with the moon, this would be from the full to new moon.
During the luteal phase progesterone levels rise.
For the Luteal Phase Moon Milk we incorporate rose petals which contain vitamin C, a precursor to progesterone production. Rose also has extra soothing properties - perfect for PMS!
What is Moon Milk?
Moon milk is a delicious and comforting nighttime beverage that has its roots in ancient Ayurvedic traditions. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that translates to ‘knowledge of life’. It is an ancient Vedic holistic health science with emphasis on the mind-body-spirit connection. In Ayurveda, warm milk consumed before bed is a common remedy for sleeplessness, anxiety and insomnia. Moon milk can be the simplest concoction of milk and honey or more complex such as those with a variety of spices, fruit or even adaptogens and herbs.
This Moon Milk recipe is:
Calming, soothing, and comforting.
Filled with deliciously complex flavors that are earthy, floral, warming, and sweet.
Quick and easy to make.
Fun to create and beautiful to look at! It makes a lovely self-care or wellness ritual.
Vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free.
Tips for making Seed Cycling Moon Milk for Hormone Health:
To ensure the best texture and optimum absorption of benefits, be certain to not skip the soaking step of this recipe.
In order to obtain the best results on your seed cycling journey, I highly recommend using high-quality organic ingredients such as those recommended in this post. Non-organic ingredients can contain chemicals and contaminants that can negate the positive effects you are trying to achieve.
If you only have salted seeds on hand, you can use them. Just be certain to omit the additional salt listed in the recipe.
I find almond milk to be most complementary to the other flavors in these moon milks, but using any dairy or non-dairy milk will work perfectly fine, too.
I wrote this recipe with cardamom and cinnamon notes, but this is a versatile base recipe and you can certainly play around with other warming spices such as nutmeg, cloves and turmeric to find your ideal cup of moon milk.
Why coconut oil? Coconut oil helps with the absorption of vitamins and nutrients AND, is hormone balancing unto itself. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids which aid in the creation and elimination of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone which in turn leads to hormone balance.
Are you on a sugar-free or keto diet? You can omit the maple syrup / honey or you can replace it with a sugar-free sweetener such as this one.
45 minutes is the minimum soaking time, but you can also soak the ingredients for up to 8 hours, or overnight.
Don’t want to soak seeds? I’ve also used 1 tablespoon of seed butter instead of 2 tablespoons of soaked seeds with excellent results!
More Moon Milk Recipes you might enjoy:
I greatly hope you enjoyed this post on using seed cycling and delicious moon milk recipes to balance your hormones and soothe your soul! xo.
Seed Cycling Moon Milk for Hormone Health (Vegan)
Author: Kristen Wood | 3-2-2019
- prep time: 45 minutes (soaking time)
- cook time: 5 minutes
- total time: 50 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
Base Moon Milk recipe ~
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (unrefined)
- 1/8 teaspoon pink himalayan or sea salt
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup or raw honey (optional)
Follicular Phase Lavender Moon Milk ~
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
- 1 teaspoon culinary grade lavender buds
Luteal Phase Rose Moon Milk ~
- In a large bowl combine the base moon milk recipe ingredients plus either the follicular, or the luteal phase ingredients, dependent upon your current cycle.
- Soak the ingredients for 45 minutes.
- In a high speed blender or food processor add soaked ingredients and blend for 10-20 seconds or until frothy.
- Strain the moon milk through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag (or leave as is if you do not mind sediment settling in the bottom of your cup).
- Heat the moon milk on the stovetop over medium-low heat until warmed througout.
- Serving: 1 cup
- Fat: 11 grams
- Calories: 165
- Carbs: 8 grams
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NOTE: Please see 'Tips' above in the blog post for suitable substitutions, storage advice and more!