Thursday, September 25, 2014

Aromatherapy Play Dough with Essential Oils

Time to take a look at our scented play dough!!

I always start with my favorite basic recipe:

1c. All-Purpose Flour
1c. Water
1/2c. Salt
1T Oil
1T Cream of Tartar

Add food coloring and scent of your choice

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the dough comes together in a ball and is no longer sticky.  Knead the dough for a few minutes until smooth.  Play!

Here are the variations we used:
Add 2-3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and purple food coloring.  
Lavender can have a calming effect and it smells light and fresh.

Add 2-3 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and green food coloring (I used the neon green).
Peppermint is refreshing and uplifting and can even soothe upset tummies - it was my morning sickness cure of choice during all three of my pregnancies. :)

Add 2-3 drops of Geranium Essential Oil and pink food coloring.
I have to be honest here and say I have never used my geranium oil except for making play dough, so I can't really speak to its health benefits.  I do know it is wonderful for the skin, however, and has an amazing smell!

Take a look at our other activities from this month, Colors! and 5 Senses!

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