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Teaching Children About Herbs + Essential Oils - A Sneak Peek Inside Our New Summer Fun Kids Pack!

The July issue of AromaCulture Magazine was just released this morning and I'm so excited about it that I wanted to take a moment to tell you a little bit more about something new we included in this month's issue. School is out for the summer here in the US and a lot of our readers are mommas (and Grans and dads and aunties...) who now have some extra time to spend with their kiddos while they are home all day, so I wanted to include something extra special for them in this citrusy, summery issue. At the end of the magazine, after all of the grown up articles, you'll find our new Summer Fun Kids Pack!

I've put together a fun, colorful Kids Pack that corresponds with the citrus theme of this month's issue of AromaCulture Magazine. It includes an exciting, kid-friendly lesson about citrus fruits and their essential oils, some activity sheets that will help to reinforce what the kids learn throughout the lesson, and some coloring sheets that feature the fruits and plant parts discussed in the lesson. (It was fun to put some of my artwork to use in the magazine!) Everything is laid out so you can easily print out the Kids Pack pages and go through the lesson and activities with your kids (or grandkids). There's also a quick, kid-friendly blending activity that you can do together during the lesson if you'd like!

I also wanted to make sure that all of the recipes I wrote for this issue of the magazine were kid-friendly so that you can make and enjoy them with your kids while they're home for the summer. I didn't want you to feel like you couldn't carve out any time to make yourself a fancy face cream instead of treasuring this extra time with your littles. It's way more fun to be able to spend time making recipes that the whole family can enjoy! =) Here's a little preview of some of the recipes included in this month's issue:

To learn more about this month's issue of the magazine or to pick up your own copy, click here.

I hope you enjoy this month's issue! If you have a chance to go through the Fun Pack with your kids or grandkids this month, I would love to hear what you think about. Feel free to let me know in the comments section below or to send me an email. If you want to share your finished coloring sheets with me, share them on social media with the hashtag #aromaculturemagazine. I may repost some of my favorites!

Much love,
Erin

How to Make Clay Essential Oil Diffuser Charms

This tutorial is an excerpt from our December issue of AromaCulture Magazine. To purchase the full issue, CLICK HERE.


Clay acts as a natural diffuser for essential oils, making it a wonderful canvas for creative aromatherapy projects. I often make fresh batches of clay charms like these to use in my car, around the house, or to give as gifts.

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Tip: The trick to using these charms as diffusers for your essential oils is to leave the back of each one unpainted. The essential oils have to be applied to a blank surface and will ruin the painted front of your charm. So...paint the front; apply the essential oils to the back.

SUPPLIES

  • self-hardening clay (I’ve used this one and this one with success.)
  • clay carving tools (I used these ones for this project.)
  • a sprig mold (I used this one.)
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes or a paint sponge
  • jute, hemp twine, or copper wire

INSTRUCTIONS

To make your diffuser charms, start by kneading a piece of clay for about a minute. Once you feel like it’s workable, press it firmly into your sprig mold.

Use a rolling pin or something with a smooth surface to make sure that the back side of your leaf (the side that is facing you, outside the mold) is reasonably flat so you will have an even finished piece.

Remove your clay from the mold.

Use your clay carving tools to cut away the extra clay from the leaf. Go slowly to preserve the integrity of the mold’s design. Use an awl (included in the carving tools set I linked to earlier) to make a hole you can use to string your hanging thread through later.

Allow the clay to air dry overnight (or until thoroughlydry and hardened) on a flat surface.

Using a paint sponge or brush, start layering your acrylic paints onto your leaf. I chose to use natural colors for these pieces, but you could also use more playful, abstract colors. Lay down lighter colors first and build up to the darker colors to give your leaf dimension.

Let your finished piece air dry again until the paint is completely dry.

Now you can attach your string or wire! If you choose to use wire, you’ll want to be extra careful while adding it to your piece - it can cause the clay to break if too much pressure is applied. 20 gauge wire works fairly well if you prefer to use wire, though I do recommend using thin jute or hemp twine. It’s much more gentle on the clay piece and can easily be adjusted if you want to change the length at which you hang your piece.

To use your charm, add a drop off essential oil to the back of the finished piece.

Diffuser charms can also be made to nestle in a pretty dish or bowl instead of being made to hang from something. If this is your preference, skip the hole-drilling step. Leave a tray of charms in the bathroom or a clothes closet to scent smaller spaces where you don’t keep a diffuser. Enjoy!

Much love,
Erin

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