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Edible Pumpkin Playdough

This is a fun and tasty Halloween recipe for the kids! Let this sweet treat bring out the creativity in your “little monsters.”

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Edible Pumpkin Playdough

  • Servings: Yield=2 1/4 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) pumpkin spice–flavored liquid coffee creamer
  • 2 cups (250 g) powdered sugar
  • Food coloring
  • 2 Tbsp. (24 g) coconut oil
  • 1 toothpick cinnamon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. In a mixer, slowly mix powdered sugar with the coffee creamer.
  2. Beat until combined into a stiff, dry dough. Add coconut oil and cinnamon essential oil.
  3. Add in food coloring until you achieve your desired color.
  4. The dough should be shiny, pliable, and ready to play with!

 


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Extra-Veggies Sloppy Joes with Basil Essential Oil

If you need a great recipe to help your kids eat a few vegetables, this is it! Now you can feel good about feeding your kids some great vegetables with added essential oil benefits in a dish they will love!

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Extra-Veggies Sloppy Joes with Essential Oils

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) celery, minced
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) green pepper, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1–2 drops basil essential oil
  • 1 lb. (454 g) ground beef
  • 1/2 cup (35 g) mushrooms, minced
  • 1 cup (240 ml) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) chili sauce, optional
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • Pita bread rounds or hamburger buns

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the minced onion, celery, and green pepper until soft.
  2. Add minced garlic and basil essential oil; continue cooking for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add ground beef, and cook until browned.
  4. Add mushrooms, tomato sauce, chili sauce, and water. Simmer for 15–20 minutes uncovered.
  5. Serve on pita bread or buns.

Note: The easiest way to make these sloppy joes is to simply pulse the vegetables in a food processor until they are small enough to blend in with the ground beef.


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Soothing Lavender Lotion

Help your kids sleep at night by massaging a little bit of this soothing lavender lotion on their feet. This lotion is so smooth and smells amazing—you may even be tempted to just apply it to yourself!

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Soothing Lavender Lotion

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (240 ml)
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt shea butter and beeswax pellets over low heat. Once melted, add coconut oil, and continue heating until almost melted. Remove from heat, and stir until everything finishes melting.
  2. Stir in fractionated coconut oil and jojoba oil.
  3. Heat distilled water until warm.
  4. Using a hand mixer, start beating water and slowly add the oil mixture while continuing to beat. Keep beating for a couple minutes. As you blend, you will hear a change and feel the lotion thicken. Let stand for a few minutes. If lotion separates during this time, continue to blend it again for a couple more minutes. If it doesn’t separate, then it has emulsified properly.
  5. Mix in lavender essential oil.
  6. Pour lotion into a plastic bag. Snip off a corner of the bag, and squeeze the lotion into the 8 oz. bottle with pump top.
  7. To use, pump a little into your hand, and massage into the skin as needed.

*Shea butter contains latex. If you are allergic to latex, substitute 1/4 oz. Cocoa Butter and 1/4 oz. Coconut Oil for the shea butter in this recipe.


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Essential Oils Safe For Kids

Parents want the very best in health and safety for their children. Although essential oils are very potent and should be used with caution, they can also offer a wide application of healthful benefits, even for children.

Essential oils have been known to treat and relieve numerous childhood ailments such as colic, allergies, chicken pox, whooping cough, constipation, diaper rash, cradle cap, earaches, rashes, teething, thrush, and hyperactivity. Although they are natural, essential oils are powerful and should be used properly and with caution. When using essential oils with babies or children, it is best to dilute 1–2 drops of essential oil with 1 tsp. of carrier oil, such as Sweet Almond Oil.

The following 20 essential oils are considered safe for children:

  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin
  • Marjoram
  • Melaleuca
  • Orange
  • Rose Otto
  • Rosemary
  • Rosewood
  • Sandalwood
  • Thyme
  • Ylang Ylang

Always dilute photosensitive oils, and do not use citrus oils on the skin when in direct sunlight. When using essential oils in the bath, always use a bath gel base.

Keep essential oils out of reach of children. If an oil is ingested, give the child and oil-soluble liquid such as a high-fat dairy beverage, then call a poison control center to seek advice. A few drops of pure essential oil should be safe, but it is always best to take precautions.

See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about how to use essential oils for your children.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, pp. 391–95.


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Healthy Cranberry Orange Gummy Candies

Do your kids love gummy candies? Try making some of your own with real fruit juice and essential oils—and rest easy knowing your kids are enjoying a healthy treat!

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Healthy Cranberry Orange Gummy Candies

  • Servings: Yield=1 1/4 cups (300 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) cranberry juice, divided
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. (27 g) powdered gelatin
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) honey (depending on sweetness preference)
  • 5–6 drops orange essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Pour 1/3 cup (80 ml) cranberry juice and 1/3 cup (80 ml) orange juice in a saucepan. Sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the liquid, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat to medium, and stir until the mixture gets bubbly and the gelatin dissolves. Whisk in the honey, and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Stir in the rest of the cranberry juice (1/3 cup or 80 ml) and the essential oil.
  4. Pour into a silicone mold or mini ice cube tray, and refrigerate until set (about an hour).


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Essential Oil Dilution Stick

Many essential oils require dilution, especially if used on children, pregnant women, or people with sensitive skin. Click here for more information about diluting essential oils. Sometimes, carrier oils can get a little messy and can especially be a hassle when using essential oils on a wiggly child. One way to reduce the mess is to use these Dilution Sticks! Each stick contains a formula of carrier oils that are not only good for the skin, but also remain solid at room temperature. The sticks are so simple to use, even a small child can help you!

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This Dilution Stick recipe does not contain essential oils, so it can be used with whichever essential oil you need at the time. To use the stick, simply twist it up and rub it onto your skin before (or after) applying your essential oils. If you have a favorite essential oil you know you will be using a lot, you can simply add the oil to the melted liquid before pouring the mixture into your containers. Or you can add the essential oil after pouring the carrier oil mixture into the containers—just make sure to stir the essential oil in with a toothpick or bamboo skewer before the mixture cools. A good dilution ratio is 1–2 drops per .15 oz. (4.25 g) of carrier oil mixture. This would result in the following essential oil drops per container:

If you love this idea, but don’t want to take the time to make it, you can always buy a Carrier Oil Stick from Abundant Health™ that is all ready to go. A smaller On-The-Go Stick is also available for purchase.

The following recipe makes 2 Dilution Sticks—1 big and 1 small. Keep the big one at home and the small one in your purse or travel oil bag so you always have one available when you need it!

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Essential Oil Dilution Stick

  • Servings: Yield=3 oz./85 g
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place the shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler on the stove over medium-low heat. You can create a double boiler by placing a glass measuring cup (containing the ingredients) in a pan filled with an inch or so of water.
  2. Once the shea butter and beeswax are melted, reduce the heat to low, and add the coconut oil. When the coconut oil is melted, add the sweet almond oil, and remove from heat. Continue stirring until all the oils have melted together.
  3. Make sure your deodorant containers are clean and twisted all the way down. Pour the oil into your deodorant containers, and allow to cool. You can place them in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
  4. To use, rub the stick over the skin before applying essential oils.

Extra Idea:

  • If you have a favorite essential oil you know you will be using a lot, you can simply add the oil to the melted liquid before pouring the mixture into your deodorant containers. You can also add the essential oil after pouring the carrier oil mixture into the containers. Just make sure to stir the essential oil in with a toothpick or bamboo skewer. A good dilution ratio is 1–2 drops essential oil per .15 oz. (4.25 g) of carrier oil mixture.
  • Other twist-up containers will also work, including our Lip Balm Dispensing Tubes (.15 oz/4.25 g).

Note: Shea butter contains latex (a natural rubber). If you are allergic or sensitive to latex, do a skin patch test prior to making this recipe, or use Mango Butter for a substitute and reduce the amount of beeswax pellets used.


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All-Natural Baby Shampoo and Body Wash

Are you looking for a natural shampoo and body wash for your kids or yourself? This recipe is great at getting you clean and even incorporates the relaxing benefits of lavender essential oil. It’s perfect for your toddler’s bedtime bath!

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All-Natural Baby Shampoo and Body Wash

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in the bottle.
  2. Screw the lid on, and shake to combine.
  3. To use, pump out a little at a time, and rub on hair and body. Make sure to rinse off well.

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Essential Oil–Scented Play Dough

Play dough can be a great tool for sparking creativity in both children and adults. You can make a great sensory experience by adding essential oils to your play dough. This recipe makes a smooth, shiny, colorful, scented play dough that lasts a long time before drying out!

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Essential Oil–Scented Play Dough

  • Servings: Yield=4 play dough balls
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup salt, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water, divided
  • Food coloring
  • Essential oil
  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • 4 oz. Salve Jars

Instructions:

  1. In four separate bowls, add 1/2 cup flour, 1/8 cup (2 Tbsp.) salt, 1/2 Tbsp. cream of tartar, and 1/2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, and stir together.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups of water to boil. Once boiling, remove from heat, and place 1/3 cup of water in four separate bowls or cups. Stir in a different color of food coloring in each bowl or cup of hot water. Keep in mind that the coloring will be lighter once added to the flour mixture, so you may need more than you think. About 10 drops of food coloring for each bowl should work well.
  3. Add a bowl of water to each bowl of flour mixture, but add just a little bit of water at a time as you stir the dough. Continue adding water until the dough feels just right. If you added too much water, you can add a little flour and knead it into the dough until you get the right consistency.
  4. Once you have your colored dough balls, make a little well in each one, add a few drops of essential oil and a drop or two of vegetable glycerin to each ball, fold the dough so it closes over the well opening, and then continue to knead the dough for about 60 seconds each ball. If you find the scent of the dough is not strong enough, add  a few more drops of the essential oil.
  5. Store each piece of dough in a 4 oz. salve container, ziplock bag, or other air-tight container.

Extra Ideas:

  • Adding the food coloring to the water is a much cleaner way to get the color distributed evenly throughout the dough than adding the coloring after the dough is formed. But, if you would rather, you can always just make one bowl of flour mixture by following the measurements above, add the boiling water in increments until you have a good dough, divide the dough as desired, and then add your food coloring just like you would add the essential oil.
  • Be sure to choose essential oils that are safe for children. It’s fun to choose oil scents that go along with each color, and this also makes for a fun sensory experience. For example, mix a drop of lemon essential oil in with the yellow play dough, a drop of peppermint essential oil in with the green or blue play dough, a drop of orange essential oil in with the orange play dough, a drop of lavender essential oil in with the purple play dough, etc.

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Popsicle Stick Puzzle

Did you know that you can use essential oils to transfer prints from a laser printer or copier onto fabric, wood, or other materials? This easy method is a lot of fun and opens up many possibilities for personalized gifts with a really neat effect! We are going to show you how to do it with a fun popsicle stick puzzle that makes a great gift for kids.

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The trickiest part of this craft is getting a picture that will work. The pictures that work best are ones that have high contrast (like the picture we used of Roman chamomile flowers). Black and white images tend to have higher contrast than colored images, but you can still do this project with colored ink. High contrast means there is a very distinct difference between the blacks and the whites (or between dark colors and light colors). Pictures that have lots of different shades of grays (rather than pure black and white) or pictures with faint gradients may appear too faded and could be hard to figure out what the picture is. Keep in mind that the image will fade a bit during the transfer.

Solid text also looks great, but you do want to make sure you flip the text before printing so it is readable after it is transferred. Use a program like Microsoft Paint or Photoshop to lay out your words or design. When you have the design looking how you want it, select the design, and use the program’s flip or rotate tools to flip the design horizontally so you have a mirror-image of the design. Print the design onto normal copier paper using a laser printer (or copy it on a toner-based copier). Another important note: Be certain your printer or copier uses toner. This method doesn’t work with inkjet or wax systems.

Once you have an image printed on a laser printer, the rest is easy.

Popsicle Stick Puzzle

  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • Large popsicle sticks (jumbo size)
  • Masking tape
  • 4″x6″ black and white picture
  • Glass Shot Glass or small glass bowl
  • Orange essential oil
  • Cotton swabs

Instructions:

  1. Print off you image or words using a laser printer. If you want the image to face a certain direction (especially needed for text), you need to flip the image before printing. See notes above for more information about choosing an image.
  2. Line up your popsicle sticks (enough to cover the image you are transferring). We used 9 popsicle sticks + 2 extra to help tape the image down for a 4×6 image.
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  3. Tape the sticks together; then flip the set over.
  4. Cut the image from the paper, leaving a 1/4 inch border to allow you to tape around the edges. Tape the image to the popsicle sticks with the ink side facing down.
  5. Place 10–15 drops of orange essential oil in the glass shot glass.
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  6. Dip a cotton swab into the orange oil, and then swab the oil over the back of the printed design a little at a time (the design will become visible through the paper as you swab the oil over it). We found it best to do one popsicle stick at a time.
  7. Use an extra popsicle stick to rub completely over the back of the printed design. This presses the toner into the wood, so you need to be fairly firm; but don’t press down so hard that you tear through the paper. Be certain to rub over all parts of the design. We found it worked best to spread oil over one popsicle stick, rub with the extra stick, and repeat on the next popsicle stick. Continue to repeat these two steps until the entire image has been transferred.
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  8. Once you are done, carefully peel back one corner or side of the design to ensure you didn’t miss transferring any part of it. If you did, carefully replace the paper in the same spot, and rub over the missing areas to transfer them. When finished, remove the paper and tape from the popsicle sticks.
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  9. Use a blow dryer on its hottest setting to blow hot air over the design to help fuse it into the wood (this helps prevent the design from fading or getting ink on your fingers).
  10. Once dry, flip the puzzle over, and remove the tape on the back. Now you can mix up the pieces and try putting them back together again!

Extra Idea:

    • Drill a small hole in the top of each popsicle stick, and attach all the pieces to a ring. This helps keep the puzzle pieces together when not in use.
    • If the puzzle is a little difficult to figure out on it’s own, print off an extra image to use as a reference. Place the image and all pieces in a bag so everything stays together when not in use.

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A Scented, Colorful, Fizzing Art Project

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Need something to keep the kids entertained? This art project is easy to set up and fun to play with. Kids of all ages will enjoy watching the vinegar and baking soda fizz as they use pipettes to create beautiful designs. Using pipettes can even help younger children develop their fine motor skills!

Not only do the essential oils provide aromatherapy benefits, but they also help mask the smell of vinegar that can be off-putting to children. If you have older children, this could be a great time to teach them about why baking soda and vinegar react in this way.

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Scented Colorful Fizz

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Pour white vinegar into the shot glasses. We used about 2 1/2 Tbsp. for each shot glass.
  2. Add food coloring and a drop of essential oil to each shot glass. Be sure to choose essential oils that are safe for children. It’s fun to choose oil scents that go along with each color, and this also makes for a fun sensory experience. For example, mix a drop of lemon essential oil in with the yellow vinegar, a drop of peppermint essential oil in with the green vinegar, a drop of orange essential oil in with the orange vinegar, a drop of lavender essential oil in with the purple vinegar, etc.
  3. Spread baking soda in a thin layer across the bottom of a casserole dish. You want it to be thick enough that it is solid white all the way across the dish. This will act as the “canvas.”
  4. To create your art, suck up the colored vinegar with a pipette, and “paint” the baking soda “canvas.” It is fun to create colorful designs, see the baking soda fizz, and smell the essential oils!