Aromatherapy Playdough

✨✨ Playdough is my fave way to use essential oils, after diffusing and in a roller bottle, and is also my fave sensory play experience for children.

Once you have experienced the effective power of essential oils, incorporating oils into your lifestyle and daily routine is the next natural step. For many people, that daily routine includes children. Many parents wonder, “Are essential oils safe to use on my children?” The simple answer to this question is yes, but it is important to remember that there are certain safety guidelines and recommendations to consider when it comes to using essential oils with children. Essential oils can be safely used on or around children, and just like anything you would use with your family—topical products, hygienic products, cleaning products, etc.—special caution should be used when applying oils to children and use certified pure tested grade essential oils that do not have fillers or synthetics.

Cinnamon Bark essential oil is purifying to the circulatory system and helps promote circulation. (So is great on a cold day to warm up little hands) Cinnamon helps maintain a healthy immune system, especially when seasonal threats are high.


Turmeric essential oil can promote healthy immune function and response, improves mood by soothing and uplifting and supports healthy nervous and cellular function.

Lavender essential oil reduces anxious feelings and calms the nervous system. Helps to ease feelings of tension, restlessness and stress.

Eucalyptus essential oil promotes feelings of relaxation and assists with clear breathing. Supports overall respiratory health.

Playdough Recipe

* 1/2 Cup of Salt
* 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
* 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
* 1 1/2 cups boiling water
* 20 drops Essential Oil of choice
* 2 cups flour

Put salt, coconut oil and tartar in a heatproof bowl. Add hot water (then add desired flavour) and stir to dissolve salt. Add flour and knead till desired consistency. If let in air tight container or jar this can last up to 6 months.

Cinnamon – Add 3 teaspoons of cinnamon and Cinnamon Bark essential oil into the hot water

Eucalyptus – Soak Eucalyptus leaves in a pot with hot water, cook on low for 2 hours. Measure 1 1/2 Cups out of the boiling water and put into the playdough with eucalyptus leaves. Add Eucalyptus Essential oil into the water.

Lavender – Add fresh lavender flowers and Lavender Essential oil into the hot water and let soak for 10mins.

Turmeric – Add 1 teaspoon of powdered Turmeric and Turmeric essential oil into the hot water.

Why play with play dough?

When children help make play dough they develop maths and science concepts with measuring, counting, stirring, mixing, change of substance, cause and effect, develop hand eye co-ordination and small motor control.

When children play with play dough they learn to regulate their emotions, explore textures, stimulate the senses through touch, sight and smell. Children develop language skills, and understanding of properties of substances.

Sensory experiences such as Play Dough allow children to develop their senses and emotional development.  It helps children to regulate their moods.  Sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.

With the addition of props children can use imagination and promotes links to real life experiences and imitation.

If you’re not already a Doterra member and you want to use essential oils with your children and see them reap the benefits, please get in touch via email. Look forward to hearing from you ✨

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