6 Bath Recipes for Sleep in Healthline
Featuring Dr Kubicka’s Bath Advice & Recipes
Online health magazine Healthline sought expert and advice and exclusive recipes from The Bath Project author Dr Kubicka for their feature on how to choose a bath to help you sleep.
The article is entitled:
“6 Bath Soaks to Help You Catch Some Zzz’s”
Dr Kubicka was asked to explain why a bath before bed can be so helpful if you’re struggling with sleep. She says:
“Warm water relaxes your body and elevates your temperature. When you get out, the drop in temperature triggers a natural hibernating response and feeling of sleepiness.”
It is therapeutic and symbolic too – washing away your worries while having some quiet time to relax.
Academics have backed this up too, as a study from the University of Texas showed that bathing before bed aids the natural circadian rhythm, so that people can fall asleep on average 10 minutes earlier if they’ve bathed 1-2 hours before bed.
Choosing the right ingredients and temperature are beneficial too.
6 bath soaks
The feature included 2 fabulous recipes from Dr Barbara Kubicka:
Petal Pink Bath Soak
For a soothing, sweet, and visually stunning bath experience, try this almost desert-like combination of beet juice, milk, honey, and vanilla.
“Vanilla aids sleep and cinnamon reduces blood pressure,” says Kubicka.
- 1/2 cup milk or a milk alternative like oat milk
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1 cup Epsom or sea salt
- 1/2 cup beetroot juice
- 1/2 tsp. natural vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- handful of flower petals
- Run the bath at a safe temperature.
- Add the honey, salt, beet juice, vanilla extract, and coconut oil.
- Drop in the petals.
- Lie back for 25 minutes with relaxing music.
Summer Garden Bath Soak
“A bit of chamomile, mint, lavender, and orange smell like a garden party on a summer afternoon. “The purpose of this bath is to reduce tension in the body and mind. Lavender is a relaxing aroma that may help reduce stress and insomnia,” says Kubicka.”
- 2 chamomile tea bags
- 2 mint tea bags
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt or sea salt
- 1 orange, sliced
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 tsp. carrier oil of your choice
- Mint leaves
- Run the bath at a safe temperature
- Light a relaxing scented candle of your choice
- Add the lavender essential oil diluted in 1 tsp. carrier oil. Be careful — this will make the bath slippery
- Add the tea bags, salt, and sliced orange
- Lie back for 25 minutes in silence
Find more information and 4 more recipes on healthline at https://www.healthline.com/health/6-bath-soaks-to-help-you-catch-some-zzzs#6-recipes-to-try
The Bath Project
For more information on the culture and tradition of bathing – plus recipes to recreate at home – Dr Kubicka’s book The Bath Project is an authority on the subject and a comprehensive guide to the art and science of bathing.
To purchase the book – https://www.thebathproject.com/product/the-bath-project-book/.