One thing I always wonder about is how the things that we touch and put on our skin affect our bodies. Especially when it comes to my kids. I remember getting very interested when I was pregnant with our first child. I started researching everything that went on my body & that was going to come in contact with our babies.
Additives… food coloring…. body care products… cleaning products…. all the things.
One of my favorite pastimes is playing with natural foods that have beautiful natural colors. This past month I had the opportunity to try a kombucha on Maui that was the most beautiful shade of bluish purple. I looked at the ingredients and saw that it was that color because of the butterfly pea flower tea… so of course I ran over to Amazon to find a nice organic tea. When I got it I just really played around with the color, not so much the taste. One of the most incredible things that it does is when you add an acid to it, the color changes to a beautiful fuschia color. So I stored it in a glass Ball jar an set it on the counter for my future kombucha batch.
Well then came a day when my youngest wanted to make homemade play dough. So I thought it might be fun to add it as part of the water in the recipe. And it for sure was.
Homemade play dough
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 c kosher salt
- 2 tsp cream of tarter
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 1/2 cup water (we used 1/4 c of butterfly pea flower tea & 1 1/4 c water)
- 10 drops of each essential oil after separated into two halves
Cook all ingredients while stirring over low heat in a sauce pan. When it forms a ball remove from heat. At this point add any essential oils you wish. We used lavender & cardamom because of the purple color obvi. Store in a plastic bag or covered container.
The sensory experience of playing with this dough is pretty much pure goodness. Especially when it is still warm. We shared some with friends & made lots of fun shapes. Next we are going to play with other colors.
Blue- blue algae
Red- beet powder
Green- wheatgrass juice powder
What oils would you add to those?
Love & Clean Living, Celeste