For a couple of nights in a row this week, I haven’t been able to get to sleep and stay asleep throughout the night. At first I thought it was caused by a cup of coffee I had Monday afternoon (I quit drinking coffee a few months back, mostly in part to Joy Bauer’s Ditch Soda Challenge).  But the next night, I still wasn’t able to snooze. I even upped by cardio at the gym – if my body was super tired, I’d fall asleep faster, right? Wrong! Still no luck. Tossing and turning all night long was beginning to take its toll. My next (reluctant) step was trying a sleep-aid (Tylenol PM) to help knock me out. Popping a pill helped, but I woke up feeling groggy and achy.

So, the next day, when I set-off into cyber space to search for Spa Foodie recipe inspiration, I came across these Lavender Bath Truffles on Spa Magazine’s website, claiming to relax your nerves and help you sleep. According to studies by the University of Miami School of Medicine, Lavender helps to “slow down heart rate, slow blood pressure and put you in a parasympathetic state, 0r relaxed state.” Bingo! Last night after work I picked up the ingredients at my local organic health food store (most of which I already had in the pantry) and made these adorable little bath balls. I put them in the fridge to harden while I cooked up a nice healthy meal. After dinner, I plopped three truffles into a warm bath and relaxed with the latest copy of Us Weekly. And guess what? I slept like a baby last night! See below for the full list of ingredients and the easy-to-follow directions. Sweet dreams!


  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender buds ($6.00 for 1/2 pound
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (oil should be in a solid state; refrigerate if necessary) ($10.50 for 16oz
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 12 drops lavender essential oil ($9.99 for .5 oz

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  1. In a spice or coffee grinder combine the sugar and lavender buds and process until smooth
  2. Transfer to a stainless steel or glass bowl and add the remaining ingredients
  3. Stir together well and refrigerate for about an hour
  4. Spoon a generous tablespoon into your hands and mold into a ball; there should be enough to make about 12 bath truffles
  5. Place the balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate for several hours
  6. Once they are firm, store in a tightly closed jar and keep refrigerated until use
  7. To use, drop one or two of the truffles into a warm bath and relax…

Then, after a little perusing the internet, I found out that just by packing the bath salt mixture into a cookie cutter or baking tin (like the ones used for Madeleine’s) and refrigerating overnight, you could create different shapes. Put a few heart-shaped truffles in a gauze pouch or sachet and you have a great gift idea! Here’s some inspiration: