Monday, September 21, 2015

Cinnamon Calm

The smell of Cinnamon definitely makes me think of Fall and the upcoming holidays ... it has such a nice 'comfort' feeling associated with it of love, laughter and good times with family. It also has HUGE health benefits from improving brain function, blood circulation, pain relief, blood glucose and aromatherapy speaking it is a great air cleanser and freshener and well the lists of potential benefits goes on an on. 

As a result I love both baking with it, adding it to my smoothies and PLAYING with it with the kiddies ... we also love adding the doTERRA Cinnamon Bark essential oil to our favorite play dough recipe for an amazing sensory experience ... plus the added benefit that the cinnamon helps to reduce any little 'hand germs' that might try to take up root in the dough while playing!

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Play Dough

Original base recipe for the dough comes from the Celiac Disease Foundation  adapt / tweak for my preference

What you need:
  • ½ cup white rice flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Food coloring, if desired. We added a little 'orange' to ours for fall.
  • 3 drops Cinnamon essential oil you can also use 1 tablespoon actual ground cinnamon but it will change your texture a bit. 
What you do:
  • Mix ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until it forms a ball. Cool completely before storing in a sealable plastic bag.
 Player's note
Cinnamon can be an allergen or skin irritant for some ~ if it is your first exposure to it please use with caution on a small area of skin.

Have an amazing day!
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much

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