There are many beautiful ways to use essential oils around our children. The most common ways to incorporate essential oils into our everyday routine is by diffusing in the bedroom to help with sleep, using rollerballs when on-the-go or blending them with a carrier oil in the bath, allowing children to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. Essential oils are a great addition to sensory learning for children and are an easy way to keep their minds ticking during school holidays or perhaps just a quiet Sunday afternoon.
Keep your children busy with our DIY recipes.
Play-dough is a classic childhood toy everybody loves! And it's really easy to make yourself.
• 2 medium sized bowls
• 2 cups of plain flour
• 1 cup salt
• 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
• 3/4 cup cold water
• 2 drops food colouring
• 1-2 drops of chosen essential oil
• Combine flour and salt in one bowl, mix together.
• Combine water, sweet almond oil, food colouring and chosen essential oil.
• Combine dry and wet ingredients together.
• Knead well
Note: if too wet, slowly add a little bit of flour until you reach desired consistency. If too dry, add another ¼ cup of water.
Allow your children to make their favourite shapes with the play-dough they have just created! Depending on which essential oil you have chosen, use at the appropriate time of day.
Seek medical advice if concerned for use with children, while pregnant or with medical conditions. Always do a test patch. Please teach children safe use with essential oils and play-dough is not to be ingested. Wash hands thoroughly after use.
Simple Sensory Rice Recipe
Encourage your young ones to touch, play & smell with this simple sensory rice learning tool.
• Reusable container
• 1 cup of rice
• 2 drops of fooding colouring
• 2 drops of vinegar
• 2 drops of chosen essential oil
• Add rice to the container.
• Add food colouring, vinegar and essential oil to rice and mix well.
Depending on which essential oil you have chosen, use at the appropriate time of day. It’s great to make different batches of sensory rice coordinating colours and aromas. This is a great learning activity.
Seek medical advice if concerned for use with children, while pregnant or with medical conditions. Always do a test patch. Please teach children safe use with essential oils and sensory rice is not to be ingested. Wash hands thoroughly after use.
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Author: Georgia Doherty
Georgia is the Marketing Assistant at ECO. Modern Essentials. Georgia oversees the company's social media platforms, helps coordinate brand collaborations, creates content + DIY recipes and manages ECO.'s affiliate program. She is a qualified Beauty Therapist with extensive Dermal Therapy qualifications and a Diploma in Training Design & Development. Georgia is passionate about leading a happy & healthy life and helping educate those around her.