Kids

  • Aromatherapy Play Dough is an exceptional sensory activity that kids of all ages and learning ability love!

    The following skills and senses are used when playing:

    LOGICAL-MATHEMATIC
    If they are helping you make the recipe, this can also be a great time to teach mathematical concepts as they measure, cut and count. Math concepts can be taken further if you cut the mass into pie shapes and discuss fractions.

    TACTILE MANIPULATION
    The malleable properties of playdough builds fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and hand and finger strength. Children learn that matter can change shape when you roll it out, poke it with your finger, hit it with a rolling pin, push it inside a mold, cut it, etc. Discuss what will happen if you roll it into a long snake and then hold one end in the air. Have them make predictions and talk about the differences in the playdough versus other objects. What else can we make out of the Play Dough?

    TEAM BUILDING & INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
    When mixing the dough as a group this becomes a team building exercise. As the kids play with others the opportunity for language development and communication skills presents itself when they listen to others and interact with other children.

    This activity is also great way for children to learn about aromatherapy, mood management and essential oils. Have them smell the playdough and ask if it makes them feel sleepy, calm or energized.

    SMELL & COLOR ASSOCIATION
    Use a variety of oils and colors to help kids learn new scents. Hold a bottle and ask the children to take a whiff of the essential oil and ask the kids to tell you what it smells like. Ask the kids what Essential Oil to use with each colored dough ball. Why did they pick that scent over another? What does the scent remind them of?

    Aromatherapeutic Benefits:

    • Uplifting: Lemon, Lime, Peppermint, Rosemary, Wild Orange
    • Calming: Lavender

    What You Need:

    2 cups Flour
    2 cups Colored Water
    1 cup Salt
    1 tablespoon Olive Oil
    1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
    5 drops Essential Oils

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients, except for essential oils, in a large saucepan and stir until combined.
    2. Once combined, put over medium heat. Using a spatula, continue to stir ingredients together until it forms a ball. Note: Don’t overcook as it will lead to dry play dough.
    3. Remove from heat and cool on parchment paper.
    4. Once cool, add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil and knead until thoroughly combined.
    5. You’re done! Just store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for months of fun.
  • “Essential Enchantments: Concoctions for your kids”

    The Progeny's Potions Make & Take Workshop Kit is a fun "fairy tale" Workshop targeted for kids 3 months to 12 years old.

    Your kids will have so much fun with our colorful line of wellness blends for kids! This fun "fairy tale" Make & Take Workshop is targeted for kids 3 months to 12 years old. 

    You will appreciate recipes developed by Certified Aromatherapist, Aimee Budd,you can provide age-appropriate and effective rollerball wellness blends designed with specific recipes adapted for: 3-24 months at a 0.5% dilution ratio, 2-6 years at a 1% dilution ratio and 6-12 years at a 2% dilution ratio.

    Recipes listed all fall within the safe .5 - 2% dilution ratios as recommended by top Certified Aromatherapists throughout the world. Our kits are brand neutral so you can use your preferred brand of essential oils.

    Who could forget about the kids?!? While adult attendees sample, learn and whip up rollerball blends with beneficial essential oils, kids can color our included fairy tale themed pages!

    CREATIVE IDEAS FOR USING THE KIT

    • If you're not holding a class and want a small version to make for yourself, consider purchasing a small DIY Kit that includes a recipe sheet, label sheet and the bottles you need to make all the blends.
    • Make a spray version of the kit using the 2 oz Fine Mist Spray Bottles and Progeny’s Potions Labels. Simply add essential oils to spray bottle then add 1/4 C distilled water in the bottle.
    • Make up mini rollerballs by using the recipes and putting them in small travel-sized rollerball bottles. Top with matching “Progeny’s Potions” Lid Stickers.

    CREATIVE CLASS IDEAS

    • Towards the end of your teaching segment on essential oils, offer those that are purchasing an enrollment kit one free recipe of their choice.
    • Kids can color their Progeny's Fun Page while adults learn about the oils.
    • When inviting guests, entice them and their children to dress up in their favorite fairy-tale or medieval costume! Give prizes for best adult and child costumes!
    • Setup a different class each week and charge accordingly. EX: Week 1 you ONLY do “Nose Concoction” recipe. Determine your rate for that specific recipe and let people know ahead of time what you’ll be making and the cost. Week 2 is “Dream Spell”, etc. You can also offer those that enroll get one free.
    • Host a themed “Back to School” or "Halloween" event or invite a certain demographic when using this kit, such as: new moms, parents, grandparents and child care providers!
    • Gift a kit to your downline to encourage them to host a class!
    • Make up the entire kit and offer it as a free incentive with a large enrollment kit purchase!
    • Give your child the benefits all day long! Simply remove the rollerball and using a pipette, add a few drops of the blend to your child’s wearable diffuser jewelry so they can enjoy the benefits wherever they go!
    • While the adults whip up the blends, kids can make wearable clay jewelry that they can add their oils to and then enjoy the benefits of throughout the day!

    CUTTING COSTS

    • Buy Bulk - even better, buy when they are on sale!
    • Subscribe to our enewsletter (at the bottom of each page) so you can buy items - including kits - when they're on sale!
    • Reuse pipettes and funnels! Simply mix vinegar and water together and let them sit for 30 minutes and rinse.
    • Buy your oils when they are on sale or when they are the POM and stock up!
    • Once you have the Kit, you can save money by purchasing the labels, recipes and invites separately rather than purchasing the entire Kit again.

    TEACHING SAFETY
    ANY interaction you have with people new to essential oils, it is your duty to share the benefits as well as proper safety precautions to ensure they have a positive experience with essential oils. Just because they are natural doesn't mean they are safe! ALWAYS promote research PRIOR to using any essential oils.

    DOWNLOAD FREE TOOLS FOR YOUR EVENT!

    Hosting a "Progeny's Potions" Make & Take Class? We're here to help you have a successful class! We have tips, event description, powerpoint presentation, images, supporting link resources and much more!

    Download lots of FREE items for your event!

  • Children can also reap the rewards of using essential oils with a few safety precautions and research you'll be on your way to natural solutions for your kids!

    Some great places to continue researching essential oils are: WebMD andMedicineNet

    Here are a few simple safety rules when using essential oils with children:

    1. Do not use on infants under 24 months unless under the advice of a Certified Aromatherapist or Medical Doctor.
    2. Do not use internally unless under the advice of a Certified Aromatherapist or Medical Doctor. Also, do not use essential oils in the mouth for teething.
    3. Consult your doctor or a Certified Aromatherapist prior to using oils if you have an existing health condition, take medication, are pregnant or nursing.
    4. Photosensitization and phototoxicity can occur when certain essential oils, primarily citrus oils, are exposed to UV light – whether from sunlight or tanning beds. Reactions such as blistering, severe sunburn, changes to skin color or swelling can occur when applying phototoxic oils and then spending time in UV light. You can be susceptible for sometimes up to 72 hours after using certain oils; and therefore should stay out of the sun or cover your skin. Reactions can be temporary or permanent and may not present themselves immediately.
    5. Prior to diffusing oils in an area where a child is asthmatic or epileptic, research what oils are safe.

    More safety tips and more can be found in our "Using Essential Oils with Kids" Tear Sheet Pads.

    Essential Oils to AVOID

    • Anise (under age 5 which includes during pregnancy and when breastfeeding)
    • Birch
    • Clary Sage
    • Fennel (under age 5 which includes during pregnancy and when breastfeeding)
    • Hyssop
    • Idaho Tansy
    • Peppermint (under age 3)
    • Wintergreen

    Under Age 3

    • Eucalyptus (only at 0.5% dilution or less)

    Over Age 3

    • Eucalyptus (only at 1% dilution or less)
    • Peppermint (only at 1% dilution or less)

    Safer Alternatives to Peppermint or Eucalyptus: Pine, Spruce

     

    Precautions for Children and Pregnant or Nursing Mothers using Fennel Essential Oil 
    Alarming, yet interesting reads about Fennel Essential Oil which is a known convulsant [1, 2, 3, 7] and hormone modulator that should be avoided all together if pregnant, nursing or in children under 6 [3, 4, 5, 6, 7].

    Doctors won't place nursing mothers on birth control containing estrogen since it alters hormones; Fennel also can alter hormones. The capability for Fennel to increase milk production is a moot point as safety of baby and mother outweigh the potential benefit. A safe option would be Basil Essential Oil.

    Other known essential oil convulsants [2] include but are not limited to: eucalyptus, fennel, hyssop, pennyroyal, rosemary, sage, savin, tansy, thuja, turpentine, and wormwood.

    Just remember, just because essential oils are made from plants (as Alcohol and Tobacco are) doesn't mean they cannot harm you. Research what oil you want to use prior to using it. We recommend Robert Tisserand's Essential Oil Safety.

    These tips and more can be found in our "Using Essential Oils with Kids" Tear Sheet Pads.

    1. Epileptic seizure induced by fennel essential oil
    2. Plant-induced seizures: reappearance of an old problem
    3. Q & A with Robert Tisserand: "Are some essential oils hormone disruptors for children?"
    4. Fennel Essential Oil to Increase Mother's Milk? Is it Safe?
    5. Fennel use while Breasfeeding
    6. Aromatherapy during pregnancy and nursing... what's safe?
    7. Dr. Axe: Fennel Essential Oil Risks