Thursday, January 17, 2013

In Home Entertainment: Aromatherapy Playdough

The sniffles seem to have permanently settled in at our house and we're continually on the hunt for low-key afternoon activities that make us feel just a little bit better. Enter aromatherapy playdough. Mom let us work eucalyptus essential oil into a warm batch of our regular cooked playdough and, aaaahhh, I told mom my nosey felt better almost immediately. We split ours into two halves and each worked in our favorite shade of food coloring and mom broke out some Target dollar bin creatures she's been holding. We made all sorts of yucky ice cream sundaes and pies, full of sticky frogs and many-legged critters.

Want to have fun and feel better? You'll need:
- 4 cups flour
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- food coloring
- eucalyptus essential oil

Combine ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until most of the moisture is absorbed (it will take a bit). Let it cool on some wax paper and add in the eucalyptus essential oil (mom put about 15 drops in our batch). Then add in the food coloring. Store in airtight container.

We're also going to check out some other fun aromatherapy ideas we spotted on Growing a Jeweled Rose -- what else are we going to do with all the eucalyptus essential oil?

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