This DIY Lavender Aromatherapy Playdough Will Ease Your Stress

Engage several senses with this aromatherapy stress ball.


Published:

Health and wellness touch each of us differently. This is one person’s story.

When I think of aromatherapy, I typically imagine incense wafting through the air, candles burning, or essential oils streaming out of a diffuser. One substance that doesn’t generally spring to mind? Playdough.

The tangy smell of industrial-park-meets-home-baking isn’t something I’d normally seek out as part of an enjoyable sensory experience. 

However, when made at home with a few simple ingredients and your choice of essential oils, DIY playdough can be a fun, unique way to experience the benefits of aromatherapy.

Though other forms of aromatherapy bring relaxation and rejuvenation, they involve only one of the senses.

Aromatherapy playdough, on the other hand, engages not just your sense of smell, but your sense of touch, too. It’s a wonderfully tactile physical experience for the hands, and a wide-open space for the imagination. 

As someone who suffers from anxiety, I’ve found playing with it to be especially therapeutic — like squeezing a scented, moldable stress ball. 

With the right essential oil, it may also be helpful for arthritis, sinus congestion, or any number of conditions relieved by aromatherapy.

Choose an oil with soothing or sleep-inducing side effects for a dose of calm, such as: 

  • lavender
  • rosemary
  • chamomile
  • frankincense
  • vetiver
  • clary sage
  • ylang ylang

When buying an oil, look for “pure” oils and note that some oils can be irritating to some people. 

Learn more about choosing the right essential oil for you in this 101 guide, or find more on essential oils for anxietysinus congestionheadaches, or pain.

Here’s how to try this playful form of aromatherapy for yourself:

DIY Aromatherapy Playdough For Stress Relief

Start by assembling your ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. olive or other cooking oil
  • 6–8 drops essential oil of your choice
  • food coloring of your choice

1. Mix the dry ingredients

Begin by measuring the dry ingredients: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 2 teaspoons cream of tartar. Mix together in a large saucepan.

2. Add the wet ingredients

Then it’s time for the wet ingredients (except the essential oil): 1 cup water, 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, and a few drops of food coloring. Add these to the saucepan and mix well.

Since I prefer the soothing scent of lavender, I like to make my playdough a pale purple to match. Those sensitive to food dyes may choose to leave food coloring out, or opt for a natural alternative.

3. Heat up the mixture for approximately 5 minutes

Place the saucepan on the stovetop over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until the mixture begins to clump and form a ball.

Stovetops vary, but this may happen faster than you expect —about 5 minutes or less.

4. Remove from the stovetop to cool

Remove the ball of dough from the saucepan and set on a sheet of parchment paper to cool for a few minutes.

I find the warmth of the dough adds to the sensory experience, so I like to get my hands on it pretty quickly — but be careful the dough isn’t too hot to handle before you proceed.

5. Knead the essential oil into the dough

Add a few drops of your choice of essential oil into the dough. The amount you use will depend on the strength of the oil you’ve chosen and your own preference. 

Start with about 6 drops and add more, if desired. Knead the oil into the dough to distribute.

6. Squeeze and play your stress away

You’ve now made aromatherapy playdough! This homemade variety can be used just like commercially-prepared playdough, and has a texture that’s every bit as satisfying. 

Whether you choose a calming lavender, an invigorating peppermint, or any other essential oil, the pleasing scent plus squishy goodness makes this a delightful DIY. 

Store in an airtight container and use within one week.

Playdough recipe adapted from The Prairie Homestead.

Sarah Garone, NDTR, is a nutritionist, freelance health writer, and food blogger. She lives with her husband and three children in Mesa, Arizona. Find her sharing down-to-earth health and nutrition info and (mostly) healthy recipes at A Love Letter to Food.

This article was republished from Healthline.

See also:
Your New Healthy Habits? They’re Ancient
7 Everyday Tonics That Help Your Body Adjust To Stress And Anxiety

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Daily Astrology

June 17, 2019

Can’t sleep? It may be because the Full Moon crescendo peaks shortly before dawn. Optimism as well as restlessness are fired up by Jupiter’s proximity to the Moon. Be aware of those who take a “holier than thou” approach. There is always something to…
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Alternative Health Directory

Browse all listings »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

June 2019

Sunday Reiki treatments with Reiki master and practitioner Linda Simons in Brookline, MA. Start your week off on a more balanced note with a Reiki treatment on a Sunday afternoon. Please join me...

Cost: Sliding Scale $25-45

Where:
233 Harvard Street
Suite 36
Brookline, MA  02446
View map »


Telephone: 617-304-2205
Contact Name: Linda Simons
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

In celebration of the summer freshness, vitality and joyfulness, this is a spring pamper yourself DIY strawberry body care flower project that you will go home with. Time permitting you may go...

Cost: Pre-reg $35, $40 at the door, materials included

Where:
The Healing Power of Flowers—Heaven and Earth
68 Stiles Rd
Sute #A
Salem, NH  03079
View map »


Sponsor: The Healing Power of Flowers—Heaven and Earth
Telephone: 603-275-7688
Contact Name: Stacey Smith
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Join us for an exclusive workshop and wine tasting. This event is free! Attorney Lisa Cukier, partner at Burns & Levinson, will lead an informative workshop on divorce impacted by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Total Wine & More
321 Speen Street
Apt 802
Natick, MA  01760
View map »


Sponsor: Vesta: Redefining Divorce
Telephone: 508-744-6014
Contact Name: Deanna Coyle
Website »

More information

Part 1 - Animal Communication Tue 6/18 (10-6pm) and Wed, 6/19 (10-1 pm)  Fri, 6/21 *Optional morning off-site visit w/live animals  Learn how to communicate with your...

Cost: $540

Where:
Circles of Wisdom
386 Merrimack Street
Suite 1A
Methuen, MA  01844
View map »


Sponsor: Circles of Wisdom
Telephone: 978-474-8010
Contact Name: Cathy Kneeland
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
No Events

Are you going through a divorce, contemplating divorce, or recovering from divorce? Come to our Divorce Boot Camp, and we’ll help you get into shape! Join us and learn about the finer...

Cost: Free

Where:
Leading Edge Real Estate
2 Mount Vernon Street
Winchester, MA  01890
View map »


Sponsor: Vesta: Redefining Divorce
Telephone: 508-744-6014
Contact Name: Deanna Coyle
Website »

More information

Are you separated, divorced, or in the process of divorce? Whatever stage you are in…just considering divorce or many years post divorce… our Divorce Resource Nights have...

Cost: Free

Where:
Skylark Law & Mediation, PC
9 Main Street
Southborough, MA  01772
View map »


Sponsor: Vesta: Redefining Divorce
Telephone: 508-744-6014
Contact Name: Deanna Coyle
Website »

More information

June 20–23 For more info, please contact us at 336.574.1121 or aptaoffices@polaritytherapy.org www.polaritytherapy.org Keynote Speaker: Christina L. Ross, PhD, BCPP Wake Forest...

Where:
Hilton Long Island/Huntington
Melville, NY


Sponsor: American Polarity Therapy Association
Website »

More information

This development group is for students of mediumship looking to enhance, expand and practice their mediumship abilities. Traditional and progressive mediumship development techniques, topics and...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Moth and Moon Studio
173 South River Road
Suite #4
Bedford, NH  03110
View map »


Sponsor: Moth and Moon Studio
Telephone: 603-782-3674
Contact Name: Danielle Dionne
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

June 21–23 Medical Qi Gong for Health Care Practitioners and Tuina Treatment Strategies for Cervical Spine and Lumbar Spine with Bill Helm Join us Friday–Sunday, June...

Cost: See details

Where:
Roots and Wings Yoga and Healing Arts
317 North Main Street
Natick, MA  01760
View map »


Sponsor: Eastern Medicinal Therapies Education Center
Telephone: (617) 435-3586
Contact Name: Lauren Paap
Website »

More information

Networking / Supervision / Support  We are a varied group of holistic practitioners in metro-west Boston and we welcome new practitioner-members. We invite any local practitioner,...

Where:
Lincoln, MA


Telephone: 781-738-1920
Contact Name: Jai Kaur Annamaria

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Saturday and Sunday, June 22nd & 23rd plus Saturday, July 27th A path to reconnecting with your true self and expressing your full human potential. Summer 2019 Reiki...

Cost: $450

Where:
Northeast Reiki Center
61 Nicholas Road, Suite B2
Framingham, MA  01701
View map »


Sponsor: Northeast Reiki Center
Telephone: 508-808-5696
Contact Name: Lou Orsan
Website »

More information

At Elemental Energies with Chris Ann and Jeff Come see a wide collection of psychics, artists, healers, etc. from all over New England. Come buy tickets at the large raffle table. 100% of the...

Cost: ​Free admission

Where:
27 N. Berwick Road
Wells, ME
View map »


Telephone: (207) 641-5070
Website »

More information

Explore Your Psychic Awareness In This Fun And Informative Workshop Designed specifically for people who are awakening to their own psychic senses, this class will provide you with personalized,...

Cost: $125

Where:
The Mills at Salmon Falls
3 Front Street
Lower Mill
Rollinsford, NH  03869
View map »


Sponsor: Raylene Sousa Medium LLC
Telephone: 207-956-0220
Contact Name: Raylene Sousa
Website »

More information

Celebrate the longest day of daylight and the summer season with us! Come detox, relax and renew yourself for the summer celebration in our sanctuary! A great way to really dig in a get fully...

Cost: Special 3-15 min services $60 or 1-15 min service $25

Where:
The Healing Power of Flowers - Heaven and Earth
68 Stiles Rd
Sute #A
Salem, NH  03079
View map »


Sponsor: The Healing Power of Flowers—Heaven and Earth
Telephone: 603-275-7688
Contact Name: Stacey Smith
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags