Home Remedies Put to the Test

Dr. Oz continues to put viewer home remedies to the test. See what works and what doesn't - and click here to share your favorite home remedy with Dr. Oz!

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Lemon Slices for Constipation

Method: Cut a lemon into pieces and then eat it.

Verdict: It works! Raw lemon is high in vitamin C, and in high doses, vitamin C can cause diarrhea.

 

Headband to Cure a Headache

Method: Pour rubbing alcohol into a bowl, wet the bandana in the alcohol and then tie it tightly around your head

Verdict: It doesn't work. Although there might be some comfort in cooling your forehead, the fumes of the alcohol can actually worsen your headache. Additionally, high levels of alcohol absorbed through the skin and may cause nausea. Instead, soak the bandana in water that's been mixed with a little bit of rosemary or lavender.

 

Cabbage Juice to Cure Ulcers

Method: Take raw cabbage and blend in a juice extractor to remove the pulp. Drink the juice while fresh. You can sweeten the taste by adding carrot juice.

Verdict: It works! Fresh, uncooked cabbage has been proven to heal ulcers. In a study conducted in the 1950s, over 90% of participants were completely rid of their ulcers through this method.

Olive Oil Rinse to Prevent Gingivitis

Method: Take a bit of olive oil, and swish it around in your mouth. Swallow.

Verdict: It works! Because olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats (the good kind of fat) and antioxidants that reduce plaque buildup, it works to prevent gingivitis. It can also minimize the discomfort from other sores in your mouth. Additionally, the antioxidants in olive oil help to kill off H. pylori, the bacteria that infects stomach lining and causes ulcers.