Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

In my area, I’ve now heard of at least three children being afflicted by Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD).  HFMD is a common viral illness that impacts infants and youth under 5 years old and include, “blister-like sores in the mouth and a skin rash (About Hand, 2014).  According to the CDC (2013), this virus can be spread by:

  • Close personal contact,
  • The air (through coughing or sneezing), 
  • Contact with feces,
  • Contaminated objects and surfaces

As HFMD is contagious, it is best to keep a child at home until they are no longer a risk to others.  It’s also in the best interest of other household members to ensure common items are sanitized on a daily basis, this includes door/faucet handles, counters, toys, etc.  Be sure to wash hands often and avoid hugging, kissing, sharing silverware and cups.  The avoidance of hugging and kissing is a hard one as it is natural for a parent to want to comfort their child; just know that adults can contract HFMD, though the chances are low.

The herbs in the following recipes include ginger, honey, garlic, thyme, sage and rosemary; each of which contains antiviral and/or antibacterial properties.  Coconut oil contains antioxidant and antimicrobial properties as well as being an excellent skin healer in general and for HFMD blisters.  The coconut oil can be purchase from a natural foods store or online from a retailer such as www.BrambleBerry.com.

Ginger & Honey Tea Recipe

  • 1 Teaspoon of dried ginger root
  • 1 Cup of hot water
  • Honey to taste (CAUTION: Honey is not recommended for children under 2 years of age)


  • Steep ginger in hot water for 5-10 minutes
  • Strain and discard the ginger and add honey
  • Allow to cool before consuming

Antiviral Broth Recipe

  • 2 Cups of beef or chicken stock
  • 1 Crushed garlic clove
  • 1 Teaspoon each of dried thyme, sage and rosemary (Optional)


  • To a pot, add the stock, garlic and dried herbs
  • Simmer for 15 minutes
  • Allow to cool and serve

Coconut Oil Skin Heal Remedy

  • 100% Pure, virgin coconut oil


  • Apply the coconut oil to external blisters twice a day until healed

Remember, in addition to using the recipes above, keep those household items sanitized and hopefully your child will have a speedy recovery.

About Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) – Overview. (2014, July 7). CDC. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/index.html.

Transmission. (2013, April 26). CDC. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/transmission.html

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