Make Your Own Aromatherapy Dough for Kids

My kids are hitting the Play-Doh phase really hard right now. I completely understand the appeal of Play-Doh for kids, and it really is such a good way to incorporate imagination and fine motor/gross motor skills into daily play; however, the artificial dyes are non-toxic, yes, but not exactly healthy, AND the stuff dries out like nobody’s business. Add this to the fact that the kids are always fighting like beavers over the “good” colors…

In comes an economical, convenient, and more natural alternative to commercial Play-Doh: homemade aromatherapy dough.

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Dough

What You’ll Need

  • 2 cups organic flour (white is best, but whole wheat does work, so long as your kids won’t fuss about the color)
  • ¾ cup Epsom or sea salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp cream of tartar
  • 5-10 drops of essential oils

Suggested blends:

Calming: Lavender and Chamomile

Relaxing: Rose and Frankincense

Uplifting/Invigorating: Lemon or Grapefruit and Peppermint


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan or pot. Heat over low/medium, stirring frequently until the consistency goes from runny and soupy to stretchy and doughy.
  2. Remove from pot and knead for a few minutes to get the dough completely smooth. Store in an airtight container.

You can also play around with other essential oil blends and add food coloring or natural dyes made from blueberries or beets, for example, to provide your children with multi-colored dough.

Next time you are out of Play-Doh or looking for a fun activity for the kids, make aromatherapy dough and let their imagination take flight!



About Becky Jha

Born and raised in rural Connecticut , Becky DeMattia-Jha attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, and has her M.Ed. She has been teaching high school English for 15 years and currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, their two children, and their German Shepherd. She spends her precious summer vacations indulging in passions other than literature: serving as a lactation peer coach, practicing herbal medicine, organic gardening, making natural cleansers and cosmetics, and preparing quick and easy organic recipes for her family. She hopes to share her efficient, chemical-free, eco-conscious, frugal, and simplistic homemaking and homesteading tips with you.

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