For those who don't know (I didn't!), Hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) is a fairly common virus in small children caused by the coxsackievirus A16, a member of the enterovirus family. Symptoms include a rash with blisters on the hands, feet, and diaper area, painful ulcers in the mouth and throat, headache, fever, and sore throat. There is no treatment for this painful and contagious virus other than waiting it out! (information via WebMd)
"Every night i would boil 4oz of water, let cool then add 5 drops of lavendar oil, i would use this to clean the sores on his face (lavender is antibacterial, antifungal and soothing, good for pain too) then during the day every two hours i would layer melaluca diluted 1:3 then lavendar around his sores, eventually I put this directly on the sores. I also would rub lavendar on his throat and up to his ears to help with the pain the sores caused in his mouth. Also every two hours I applied a natural antibiotic/*antiviral blend on his feet and back (simple effective ways to get the oils into his system). Every day I saw an improvement! This was my "aha" moment to know I could help my child when doctors cannot!"
*Hilary used 15 drops of oregano, 12 drops lemon, 12 drops melaleuca, 10 drops peppermint, added to 45 drops of coconut oil and placed in a 10 mL roller bottle.