I don’t know about you but the smell of play doh makes me sick to my stomach and I feel so bad because Cas asks me to play all the time but all I do is gag…. Plus lord knows what’s in it anyway and judging from the smell, nothing good… and considering they say the ingredients list is “proprietary” and fail to disclose what is in it… I don’t know about you but, simply saying it’s “non-toxic” doesn’t cut it in my book.
So… being the crafty health conscious person I am, I whipped up two small batches of aromatherapy dough with about 6 ingredients including essential oils. *See bottom*
I made a yellow dough called Sunshine, which is mandarin and ylang ylang two great EOs for anxiety/stress. Because yes kids have stress too, and since sensory play is super important for young children why not add a little more health benefit for the olfactory senses.
Provides relief from inflammation and stress, purified blood and removes toxic substances from the body, promotes growth of new cells and tissues, strengthens liver and more. *Protects food from bacteria*
Ylang Ylang EO
Boosts mood and increases confidence, helps release stress and tension, helps balance hormones.
I also made a pastel green dough called, Spring Garden which is Rosemary and Lavender. It literally smells like your walking through a garden and it’s very relaxing to sit and play with.
Calms skin conditions, calms and relaxes the mind, relieves tension and headaches. Antibacterial.
Soothes muscle aches and pains, reduces nervous tension and fatigue.
I’m honestly not one to use much of Essential Oils, for a few reasons… but for things like this it tends to be a better option as the aroma is stronger and there is less chance for mold to develop vs using an herbal decoction which takes more water and has less aroma.
Both are heavenly and the consistency is a lot nicer to play with, its soft and malleable when warmed by your hands and stiffens as it cools back down to room temp. (Thanks to the corn starch)
Aromatherapy sensory dough is super easy to make. Depending on how much your child plays with it it can last 3+ months as long as it’s kept in an air tight container.
The benefit of adding essential oils is not only for the pleasant and natural healing aromas but also lends their healing properties subtly through the skin as well as keeping away the bacteria from the dough allowing it to last a little longer without other preservatives.
If you wish you can add vitamin E oil which is a natural preservative. or you may choose to cook the dough as well which helps it to last a little longer.
To make the dough:
Mix plant based food coloring into 1/2 c Luke warm water.
Add in 1 C of flour and 1/2c (non gmo) corn starch mix, it will be very soft and almost a foamy consistency.
Add 1/4 sea salt and 1 tsp cream of tar tar* (*not necessary but helps it from drying out)
[You may choose to cook the dough if you wish but I do not always cook it since we go through it quickly, you may need to add more coconut oil, water and flour, wait until cool before adding in EOs]
Add in 5 drops of each Essential Oil you wish to use – you can also add 1 tbs of coconut oil.
Add 1/2c of flour and continue to mix, continue adding 1/4 cup of flour until it reaches a dough like consultancy that is good to play with. (If cooking, add flour while mixing/cooking until consistency is thicker)
Add vitamin E as a preservative if you wish about 4-5 drops.
Store in air right container and label.
Should last 2+ months with moderate use and proper storage. If dries out add more water or make a new batch. If too sticky add more flour or corn starch and kneed until smooth.
If odor or mold develop throw out immediately!
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Namasté and Happy Playing
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