Friday, March 15, 2013

Skin Therapy Play Dough

Ever since having my first child, my fingers have been a mess! I started getting dyshidrosis (or housewives ezcema) on my fingers. I think it's due to all the hand washing and all the chemicals I get on my hands. It's very painful and when it gets really bad, it's HORRIBLE!

With that said, you can understand why regular home made play-doh isn't pleasant for me. The salt content  makes it so I am literally "pouring salt into an open wound." Not cool! So when I found this recipe from No Twiddle Twaddle, I knew I had to try it.

It lived up to it's promise! It was soft and gentle on my hands, smelled wonderful, and my boy enjoyed playing with it. Awesome!

Skin Therapy Play Dough

1 cup (plus a couple Tbsp) All Purpose Flour
1 cup Water (If you want to color the play dough, add the food coloring to the water.)
2 cups Quick Oats
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (or olive oil)
1 tsp Vanilla (opt.)
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (opt.)

Mix one cup of the flour, quick oats, and vanilla.
Add water and stir until the play dough forms a ball.
Knead in the coconut oil one tablespoon at a time.
Knead in the cocoa powder.
If the play dough is too sticky add flour a tablespoon at a time to reach the desired consistency.
Knead the play dough for around three minutes to make the dough elastic.

Store in the refrigerator and keep wrapped in an air tight container. Since this play dough does not have salt, it will not last as long as other play doughs. I would personally only keep it around a week and of course always check it carefully for a rancid odor or mold.

If your play dough becomes sticky after time, you can add additional oil.

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