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How to Make Homemade Aromatherapy Playdough

By Bargz Oils October 15, 2019


Things you will need:

- 1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup salt
1 cup water
1 ½ tablespoons liquid cooking oil 
Food coloring
8 drops of your favorite essential oil (choose here)
Stirring spoon
Air-tight container


Do you want your children to use essential oils in a fun way?

               Many children like to play with playdough. It is a modeling compound that children can use for playing and doing arts and crafts at home or at school. Playdough comes in different colors and can be shaped into anything.

               How was playdough invented? Actually, playdough was invented by accident by Noah McVicker in the 1930s. He worked for his family’s soap company where he made a new kind of wallpaper cleaner. It was made of flour, water, salt, and many other ingredients and it looked like putty. The wallpaper cleaner he made did not contain any toxic chemicals. Some teachers at school found another way to use the wallpaper cleaner. They found out that it was great for making art and craft projects. The wallpaper cleaner could also be used as a modeling compound like clay. It was used by the students and they could shape it into anything they want using their hands. Later on, Joseph McVicker, Noah’s nephew joined the soap company. He was the one who learned that the students were using the wallpaper cleaner as a modeling compound for arts and crafts. Joseph suggested a new name for it and he marketed it to schools and department stores and the new product became a huge success. It is a popular brand until now. 

               It is easy to make homemade playdough and the best thing about it is that you can add essential oils onto it. Children and adults alike can enjoy playing with the dough and reaping the health benefits of essential oils through aromatherapy. 


1. In a saucepan, mix the flour and salt together. 

2. Add in the water, cooking oil, and food coloring and mix until smooth.

3. Turn on the heat to medium-low. Stir the mixture continuously until it forms a ball.

4. When the mixture turns into playdough consistency, remove it from the heat. Let it cool for 3 to 4 minutes.

5. Add the essential oil of your choice.

6. Knead the playdough to distribute the oil.

7. Store in an air-tight container. 


1. Lavender - to calm and soothe, to promote restful sleep
2. Orange - to uplift and energize
3. Peppermint - to invigorate and provide mental clarity
4. Lemon - to boost focus and clarity


1. When a child kneads and plays with aromatherapy playdough, he or she is able to inhale the aroma or scent of the essential oil and therefore, enjoying its health benefits to the mind and body.

2. Playing with playdough enhances fine motor skills. Kneading and shaping exercise and strengthen the hand muscles.

3. The creativity and imagination of a child are encouraged by using playdough because the child can create anything he or she wants to. 

4. Aromatherapy playdough has calming effects. It is a good way to relax or calm a child. It is also effective in providing a child something worthwhile to do.

5. Playing with playdough promotes a fun way to use essential oil for kids. The children can play while enjoying the health benefits of essential oils. 

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