Sleepytime Lavender Milk

This warming Sleepytime Lavender Milk is laced with comforting lavender, honey and vanilla – It’s the perfect bedtime treat for a great night’s sleep!

A mug of Sleepytime Lavender Milk is the perfect bedtime treat for a good night's sleep.

This one’s for all my sleep-deprived mamas out there, or sleep-deprived anyone, for that matter. After all, who doesn’t want a warm, comforting glass of lavender- and vanilla-scented Sleepytime Lavender Milk after a long and tiresome day?

Even though by now I’m very much hoping we’ve welcomed our little girl into the world, since I’m writing all these posts in advance all I can do is guess that at this moment I’m in that awkward state of delirium and bliss as we work to adapt our lives to this new little miracle we created. I can also guess that I’m craving all the comforting foods (and all the sleep!) to help us get through this special transition that I hear goes by in the blink of an eye.

Why New Mamas Need This

Being the foodie that I am, I spent a lot of time during my pregnancy reading up on the best foods to eat while pregnant, after pregnancy, while breastfeeding, etc. One of the most helpful books I read about postnatal diet (and care in general) was The First 40 Days by Heng Ou.

A warm mug of Sleepytime Lavender Milk will help give you a perfect night's sleep.

It spends a lot of time talking about how other cultures welcome new babes into the world, which frequently happens to be by the mother and baby retreating to their home and just plain RELAXING for the first 40 days after birth, allowing others to help with common household duties and cooking so that the mom can recover and the new family can spend time getting used to one another.

It also talks a lot about foods that will help get the mother’s digestive system back on track and recovered from labor, while providing important and helpful nutrients to the baby via breastfeeding. Many of these foods are warm, easy to digest and full of nourishing ingredients like homemade broths.

I’ve made a couple of soups that we have waiting in the freezer to defrost at a moment’s notice, and of course there were also these Make-Ahead Freezer Oatmeal Cups that I have waiting for us (as oats are known to promote lactation.) I haven’t figured out a way to make this Sleepytime Lavender Milk in advance, but it’s so easy that we can whip it up fairly quickly whenever the mood strikes.

Warm Sleepytime Lavender Milk comes together quickly and easily for any after-dinner treat.

How to Make Sleepytime Lavender Milk

Here’s how we do it: Simply put a small pot of your favorite milk on the stovetop laced with some honey and half of a whole vanilla bean. Then you’ll need to get your hands on some culinary lavender and cheesecloth to make your own little sachet. This easy sachet will sit and soak in the milk as you heat it up on the stove, much like steeping a tea bag.

That’s it! Incredibly easy and the perfect healthy treat for after dinner to get you in the bedtime mood. It’s bright and early in the morning here but I’m already looking forward to whipping up a batch of this Sleepytime Lavender Milk tonight. It’s so delicious!

Here are more nourishing recipes that every new mama needs…

This Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup is just what it says – super easy to make! It’s also freezer-friendly which makes it a great option for new parents.

Warming Minestrone Soup is full of nourishing veggies but also just enough heft to fill up a hungry nursing mama.

Set it and forget it with this Slow Cooker Superfood Oatmeal so you’ll always have a nourishing breakfast on hand, even when you’re sleep-deprived!

Sleepytime Lavender Milk is a healthy alternative to dessert.

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Sleepytime Lavender Milk
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

This warming drink is laced with comforting lavender, honey and vanilla - It's the perfect bedtime treat for a great night's sleep!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free, hot drinks, lavender, milk
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 69 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or your favorite milk)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 of a whole vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon culinary lavender wrapped in a small square of cheesecloth
  1. Place milk, honey and vanilla bean in a small saucepan over medium heat. 

  2. Add lavender sachet to milk and bring to a heavy simmer.

  3. Turn off heat and let cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Sleepytime Lavender Milk
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5 thoughts on “Sleepytime Lavender Milk

  1. “Culinary Lavender” ? Here in a coastal California garden we have a wide selection of Lavender species available with several ‘cultivars’ available in some of the species. Without going in forbotanical names, we have at least “English Lavender” “French Lavender” and “Spanish Lavender” “Dutch Lavender” “Egyptian Lavender” and on and on.

    Culinary use
    Culinary lavender is usually English lavender, the most commonly used species in cooking (L. angustifolia ‘Munstead’). As an aromatic, it has a sweet fragrance with a taste of lemon or citrus notes.[22] It is used as a spice or condiment in pastas, salads and dressings, and desserts.[23][24] Their buds and greens are used in teas, and their buds, processed by bees, are the essential ingredient of monofloral honey.

  2. Hi there, I don’t have culinary lavender right now but I do have a lavender confit. Do you think I could use this instead, or would the pectin potentially cause issues?

    1. Hi Lia – I think it could work! I would actually add it in where the honey is supposed to go (in lieu of the honey) – then you can strain out the lavender buds if you want or even go ahead and consume them if you don’t mind that extra texture. If it’s still not sweet enough for your liking after you make it, you can then add in a little honey. Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

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