I don’t know about you, but I am so over this winter. Not only is the snow, ice and cold temperatures getting on my nerves, so are all the bugs going around!! This has been a horrible year for the cold and flu season. And it seems the same illnesses are just making viscous circles all over. In my household, it was first strep, then a GI bug, and now head cold as the cherry on top. Knock on wood, but my kids have been relatively well. Besides the trip to the doctors for strep, they only go in for their well baby check ups. And I’d like to keep it that way!
I have been diffusing Thieves around the clock. Thieves has been tested and proven for it’s cleansing abilities. It’s also highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health. And it smells WONDERFUL!! Thieves is made up of lemon, cinnamon, clove, rosemary, and eucalyptus and actually has a really cool back story. You can read it here.
The girls are really starting to suffer from cabin fever, like every other kiddo stuck in the house because of the weather. Yeah, I could take them to the playground in the mall, but to me that’s like asking to get sick! I would be that mom who wipes down every surface and cleaning my kids hands continually!! I’m usually not like that, but this year has shown no mercy!!! We NEED warm weather!! The house needs to be opened and aired out. The kids need to play OUTSIDE. The cold has got to GO! Us parents need a break!!!
My mom made homemade play dough when I was kid and I always enjoyed that. So I dug out an old recipe for play dough and tweaked it a little bit to also be health beneficial. I wanted it to be as clean as possible but also help the girls out with their snotty noses. I made the play dough and added essential oils at the very end. Here’s what I did!
DIY Sick Day Play Dough Recipe
- 5 Cups White Flour
- 1 1/2 Cup Salt
- 4 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
- 1/2 Cup Warm Coconut Oil
- 4 Cups of Water
- Essential Oils- Click here to learn what I use.
Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, and coconut oil in pot on low.
Once everything is combined and pulls away from the pot, remove and knead the dough out to a smooth consistency. If it doesn’t look like playdough at this point, add more coconut oil or flour/salt dusting to get desired consistency.
I cut the dough in half and made two separate concoctions. I made one with Lavender and Melaleuca. Mel A is also known as tea tree oil and supports the immune system. Lavender is wonderful for relaxing and aids in sleep. We played with this one right before nap time. Well, they are sound asleep and I’m here writing on my blog. Lavender for the win! The second half was strictly Thieves.