My Cruise Kit

Essential Oil Cruise Kit

We’re going on a Cruise for vacation, so I definitely wanted to be prepared. This is the first time we’re cruising with a child (she’s 5), so I made sure everything was Kid-Safe.

From left to right:

After Sun Spray from!

So, full disclosure. This did NOT fit all in a 4 oz container as suggested on the blog, but I just used the full measurements for everything EXCEPT the distilled water and added that at the very end as much as it would hold with room to shake.

Motion Sickness Inhaler
10 drops Ginger and 5 Drops Grapefruit (for my 5 year old and maybe ME!)

Calming the Child Inhaler
15 Drops

Tummy Ease Roll-On
2 Drops Roman Chamomile, 2 Drops Spearmint & Two Drops Ginger in a 10 ml roller-bottle filled with FCO
This will be good if any of us eat too much and need some tummy relief. Apply a couple of swipes to the abdomen and rub in.

Better than Kisses Roll-on
I keep one of these on hand always. Works great for going around cuts and scrapes (no essential oils on open wounds please!), and also is a great headache relief because of the marjoram!

Germ Destroyer Spray for surfaces
2 Ounces witch hazel or vodka, 2 ounces distilled water and 2% (~70 drops) Germ Destroyer.

I think I’m set. Now come on Saturday!


Egg Geode

Egg Geode

What You’ll Need

  • Egg
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Food coloring
  • Alum powder (look in the spice section of your local grocers)
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels
  • Bowl
  • Beaker/glass
  • Spoon
  • Pushpin

A friend shared this science experiment with me, so I had to try it with my daughter who will be 5 in a few weeks.

First you have to remove the yolk and egg white from the egg by using a pushpin to make a small hole in one end of the egg and a bit larger hole in the other end. Then blow through the egg until all the yolk and egg whites are removed from the big hole.

Then, to get my eggshell in half, I poked a few holes in the egg shell like I was cutting it in half length-wise until I could get my scissors in to finish the process. Once the egg shell is in half, remove any extra shell and use a paper towel to carefully dry the inside of the egg. Then…you wait. We waited about an hour for the inside of the egg to dry completely.


Once the shell is dry on the inside, pour some white glue into the egg and use a paintbrush to coat entirely. Then pour about a tablespoon of alum powder into the shell and make sure it’s fully coated. Pour out the excess. Then…you wait. This time we waited about 5 hours to make sure it was completely dry, but Steve Spangler Science suggests overnight.


Next I added 2 cups of very hot water into my Pyrex measuring cup along with 3/4 cups alum powder and 30 drops food coloring. Mix until combined.




Well, I sank the shell before I got a picture, so I resurrected it so I could show you. Just requires a tiny bit of pressure to get it to sink.

Egg Geode

Then, you wait…The directions said to wait 12-15 hours, but as you see with mine, it crystallized completely instead of the middle being concave. We waited 14 hours.

When I went to remove the eggshell, I had to pour out all the liquid so I could find it.

Overall, this was FUN! My daughter loved helping where she could and is amazed with her crystals.

Scented Salt Dough Ornaments

Scented Santa Salt Dough

1/2 Cup Salt (TIP! Blend or Process your salt so the grains are finer!)
1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/4 Water
Essential Oils

Mix together first three ingredients. Knead until a dough is formed.

Roll out and cut out shapes or you can make this cute Hand Print Santa by having your child press their hand into the dough and then use a sharp knife to cut out around it.

Poke a hole the top for a ribbon using a straw.

Place ornaments on a foil or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 200F for 3 hours or until dough is dry.

Let cool completely and sand any rough edges.

Paint Front of ornament (Optional)

Once complete and dry, flip over and use 1-3 drops of essential oils depending on how big they are. Mine are larger, so I did 2 drops Fir Needle and 1 drop Sweet Orange.

Add ribbon and it’s ready for the tree!

Follow Up Friday!

Aromatherapy Play Sand!

Aromatherapy Play Sand

Adapted from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Plant Therapy’s Make Your Own Monday was an Aromatherapy Play Sand this week. The author wasn’t crazy about how it didn’t stick together well, so I found another recipe to try.


1 large container big enough for sand play
2.5 Cups Play Sand
1.5 Cups All Purpose Flour
0.5 Cups Vegetable Oil
15 drops Kid Safe Essential Oil (We used Lavender Population)


Combine all ingredients in large container and mix well.


Aromatherapy Play Sand

It sticks together REALLY well! She’s played with it every day after school and is so nice and calm afterwards. I definitely recommend this as a fun kid activity for all my friends with kids. Provides at least an hour of quiet time while I cook dinner or do whatever needs done while she plays.