Lindsay Gill: Guest post by Nicole: Rainy Sunday Aromatherapy Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Guest post by Nicole: Rainy Sunday Aromatherapy Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Today, my good friend, Nicole, is going to share her homemade aromatherapy play dough recipe! Nicole is a wife, mom, elementary art teacher and great friend!  She loves everything DIY, interior design, thrifty fashion finds, and she is a great cook!  To see more of Nicole, follow her on Tumblr

Hey guys! As a full-time working mama of two little dudes under age five, life is pretty hectic around here, and I will admit that lately I have a love/hate relationship with the weekend. 

Remember weekends before kids? A time to relax and re-coup for the grueling week ahead; a late morning trip to the gym after a cup of coffee that hasn’t been microwaved 5 times, followed by a quick pedi on the way home before getting ready to out to dinner-maybe throw a nap in there to mix it up.  

Yeah, not happening now. Typically, our weekends revolve around some planned activities like a birthday party or trip to see friends or family and then there’s the inevitable catching up on house-functioning stuff like grocery shopping and laundry. I try to "infuse" the weekend with a few little surprises for the boys to make it seem like a special time as we escape the monotony of the week. It’s not always easy because frankly I find it more tiring being constantly on as a mom vs. teacher, but it’s important and it is in fact the little things….right? That’s what they’ll remember. I keep telling myself that.

This past Sunday was a doozy. It was dreary, cold, and rainy and we were all in our PJs long enough to contemplate even changing out of them. I dug deep into my mom bag of tricks for a fun indoor activity and out came homemade play dough. Since we’ve been on an essential oil kick we through some of that in there along with some food coloring for visual stimulation. 

This stuff hits all the senses guys. Your kids will love it! Heck, you’ll love it!  Ok, here’s what you need…you probably already have all of it in your kitchen...
(I doubled the recipe so that I had enough to make two different colors/scents.

Play Dough Recipe

1 cup flour

1 cup water

½  cup salt

1tsp. cream of tartar

1tbsp. vegetable oil

 food coloring (the type A in me likes to match the colors with the scents)
essential oils of your choice. (I used 4 drops per batch-more would yield a stronger scent)

1.        In a medium sauce pan mix together all ingredient except food coloring and EOs.

2.        Cook over medium heat stirring frequently for approximately 5-10 minutes.

3.        Add food coloring and oils. Let cool for the kids, and voila!

A few months ago I ordered the Young Living essential oil starter kit. I love how versatile essential oils are, and how they have made my family feel. My husband loves it when I diffuse Thieves, a Young Living oil blend, in the house. I have also made some little natural remedy products that I really feel have enhanced our overall well-being. I use a pocket reference to look up the health benefits and therapeutic properties of each oil, because there are literally thousands. Lavender and lemon both come in the starter kit. They are completely safe to ingest and use topically with small children in directed amounts.  There are countless medicinal benefits to these oils, but for aromatherapy purposes these are the main influences:

Lavender-Improves concentration and mental acuity. (Calming, relaxing and balancing) What toddler doesn’t need a little of that?!

Lemon-Promotes clarity of thought and purpose. (Invigorating, enhancing, and warming)

Get your own Young Living starter kit here for 24% off! (a great Mother's Day present, too!)

We used a clay tool set similar to this Melissa and Doug one to play with the dough. I like this one because it has a variety of different texture makers, stampers, and cookie cutter tools. I try and take off my art teacher hat as a mom, but I couldn’t help adding a little coil rolling lesson in there as we explored the dough.  I think my oldest ended up making “a tower or something." He is three and likes to follow up everything with “or something”, because I guess everything is something. And we will leave it at that.  Enjoy moms, dads, and caregivers alike!
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