Mindfulness and Aromatherapy
Smelling Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils to relax or stimulate the body. Essential oils are natural oils extracted from plants flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, or roots. The oils can be put on the skin, sprayed in the air, or inhaled.
Mindfulness is the practice of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils to relax or stimulate the body. Mindful Aromatherapy adds essential oils to a mindfulness practice.
Aromatherapy is often used in mindfulness practices to help calm, ground, and focus. Aromatherapy is incorporated into many of our mindfulness classes for children.
A teacher from Child’s Place posted this review in their school report
After the children made the Play Clay recipe, they added different scents (essential oils) into the mixture. We brought essential oils and found that little kids really like peppermint, orange, and lemon.
What did the scent remind you of? How does it make you feel?
As the children closed their eyes and tried to answer these questions they became more aware of their sense of smell.
Exploring our environment through all our senses allows us to be more in tune and mindful of the world around us.
You and your family or your class can get the play clay recipe here.