HFM relief bath

Our poor Miss A recently had the dreaded Hand, Foot and Mouth disease. She was really miserable. Our pediatrician suggested a salt and oatmeal bath to help with the itchiness and I improved on that suggestion with an oatmeal, coconut oil, Epsom salt and lavender essential oil bath. It was really easy to make and Miss A seemed to get some relief from it.



  1. about a tablespoon (or more) oatmeal (if using a washcloth, don’t bother grinding)
  2. coconut oil, about a tablespoon
  3. about a teaspoon regular table salt
  4. about 1/4 cup Epsom salt
  5. few drop lavender essential oil

Combine at least the first three ingredients (you can combine all five, we just had the lavender essential oil and the Epsom salt in the bathroom already) into a washcloth and tie with string to close.
Draw a warm bath and place the satchel under warm running water. If you didn’t add the Epsom salt and the lavender essential oil to the sachet, add it to the bath now.

Fun fact: adults can get HFM too and it’s just awful.

Easy homemade holiday gifts

Last year, when I needed a last-minute hostess gift, I whipped up this salt scrub. This year, I wanted something else that would be just as good for winter skin and came up with this chocolate oatmeal bath salt.

It’s really a mixture of epsom salt, ground oatmeal and cocoa powder.


The first step is to grind the oatmeal in the coffee grinder, you’ll need half to a full cup, ground. It doesn’t have to be super fine. In fact, fair warning, if it is too fine, the whole mixture will be “fluffy” and could potentially create a bath mixture cloud when you open it. Step two is to mix the oatmeal and about a half cup to a whole cup of epsom salt in a bowl, just stir by hand to combine. Add the cocoa about a tablespoon at a time. You won’t need a lot, less than three tablespoons probably. The cocoa powder will coat the oatmeal and the epsom salts pretty evenly. When everything is mixed, add it to your favorite jar.

IMG_6707Include a note with directions and you’re done!
Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 3.14.41 PMHappy Holidays!