National Therapeutic Week
Essential Oils and ADD/ADHD/ Autism and more
Essential Oil Play Dough
What are some relaxing ways to calm your child down or support a fun activity when the weather isn’t cooperating?? Aromatherapy Play Dough. This recipe is super easy to make and a great way to introduce your child to Essential Oils. I always feel that being truthful with our children from day one..is the best way to handle any situation. If you are looking for a natural way to help calm your child and also help with focus and mental clarity, etc….why not help them learn about how they can have a part in their healthcare?? Teach your child how Lavender can help calm them down when they feel anxious, irritable….or how Roman Chamomile or Vetiver can help with anger management.
If the child is able to “sense” when they are having those feelings…then… they are taking control over the situation in a mature and responsible manner. My children ages 15,9, and 7, are able to….well for the most part…. sense when they need to use an oil for calming down. By teaching your child this skill, it will equip feelings of FORTITUDE…..and if not…well, there’s an oil for that too ; )
So how can Play Dough do that.. you may be thinking?? Here are just a few benefits…
Fine Motor Skills
Hand muscles can be strengthened, along with coordination and dexterity. You can also hide a bean or penny in the Play Dough (just please be careful placing items in the play Dough..if you know your child is going to place the penny or bean in his/her mouth…DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILD UNATTENDED)…Place these items in the Play-Doh and have the child find them and use their pincher fingers.. or set a goal to be able to use pincher fingers to retrieve the hidden item. .AND MAKE IT FUN!!!
Some children with certain behavioral disorders do not have the necessary skills for socializing. I really don’t like to use that term..” lack the necessary skills…” I do not believe they “lack” the skills. .I think they are just hidden beneath the surface. Incorporating Play Dough can help. Try with the family all at the table playing with the Play Dough together. Allow the child to become comfortable with the touching of the Play Dough (as sensory can also play a part)…Maybe invite a good family friend over and bring out the Play Dough…or bring it to the next family event. Have all the cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma/grandpa…whoever else there may be…sit down and PLAY!! First thing.. you are NEVER to old to play with Play Dough..and what great family laughs and bonding..as developing social skills are attained.
Sometimes language or when its hidden …can create a barrier. You can still teach colors and to make requests. Ask what color is this?? Or point to the BLUE color.. the BLUE lid…the BLUE circle..etc. If you are using the molds to make animals or food items, what another wonderful way to incorporate learning..” Can you point to the YELLOW DUCK?? So many ways to incorporate learning and communication. Which the Communication skills also coincide with the Social skills as well.
Play Dough is an EXCELLENT stress/anger reliever. Smush it, Hit it, Pound it, Smack it…do all of the above while crying.. while expressing frustration…what ever it takes to GET IT OUT!! I use this technique with my middle child.
When DannieMarie is frustrated and she can not sense it.. or she is not sure why… We use Play Dough. The oils in the Play Dough (hence the importance of adding them ) are activated with every pound, knead, roll, tear apart action she can muster up.. Eventually, the aromas do their magic, and she is noticeably calmer and more precise with her Play Dough.. She is willing to even open up and discuss the problem. .I am able to help her.. guide her as to why she is upset,frustrated,mad…and develop ways to try not allow our self to get there again. That’s what are job as parents is to do.. guide them…Did you happen to see any similarities?? No?? The Play Dough calmed her down…it allowed her to process her feelings. Communicate those feelings…and give her a sense of FORTITUDE…And YES…I have even tried it myself when I was mad…It’s pretty amazing.
Are you ready to give this a try?? Here is the super easy recipe….
1. Place a few drops of Organic Vegan Food Coloring into separate dishes and then add 2 cups water to each dish. NOTE: you can find the all natural food coloring at Trader Joe’s, Fresh Thyme, WholeFoods, or online.
2. Combine all the ingredients (except the Essential Oils) into a large saucepan. Stir until mixed thoroughly. NOTE: 1 colored water dish per recipe. This allows for several different colors.
3. Place over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to continuously sit the ingredients together until a ball forms. NOTE: Be careful to not over cook as this will lead to very dry Play Dough.
4. Remove from heat and place on parchment paper to cool. Typically 20 minutes.
5. Add 5 drops of Essential oil and knead dough until combined.
Recommended Oils to use: Lavender or Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Balance, Wild Orange, and Peppermint..are my favs.
That’s it!!! Super Easy. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Do not force the child…give him/her the ability to make the decision to participate. Even if it is brief.
I really enjoyed sharing this recipe and my thoughts with you. Have you ever tried Play Dough therapy? I would love to hear your experiences, thoughts, struggles or criticism. I grow. .you grow.. We grow. It’s a pretty cool mindset. If you are interested in learning more or where to purchase the best Essential Oils, I would love to help you. Leave a comment, Like, Share and Follow Inner EarthChild Solutions on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Later this week….Bubbles using Essential oils and a calming bath soak/oil.
Walk in Love & Appreciation…Today and Ev’ry Day…..