Therapeutic Playdough using Essential Oils

By Arlene Baker (2015)

Therapeutic Playdough Using Essential Oils is one of our favorite ways to play. Your kids can reap the aromatic benefits of the oils just by playing with the playdough! I added a different oil to each color for a different benefit. We can just pull out the tub and play!


  • Frankincense for focus.

  • Peppermint for energy.

  • Lemon for clarity

  • Citrus Fresh for creativity

  • Lavender for comfort

What you need to make Therapeutic Playdough Using Essential Oils:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 Tbsp cream of tartar

1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup water
Food coloring
Essential oils

Mix together the flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, and water in a medium saucepan. Stir in the food coloring and cook on medium-low heat until the dough starts to harden and come together.

Set on wax paper and allow to cool for a bit.

To add the oils, roll the playdough into a ball and make a well in the center. Add 10 drops of essential oils and knead it into the playdough to spread it out within in.

Store in an airtight container until ready to play.

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