Health Secrets of the Oz House

You’ve been asking for it, and now you’ve got it! Finally, Dr. Oz brings the cameras out of the studio and into his family’s home to reveal all his secrets.

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Medicine Cabinet Secret #1: Canker Sores

There are all kinds of suggested treatments for the painful, annoying canker sores we all get, but Dr. Oz’s home remedy – and one his wife, Lisa, swears by – is myrrh. Mix 5 drops of myrrh oil with a few ounces of water, swish, and rinse twice a day to treat any sort of mouth irritation. Myrrh is a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and has anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties that will provide instant relief.

Medicine Cabinet Secret #2: Earaches

The next time you get an earache, apply olive oil with garlic on a cotton ball. The garlic has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that fight infection. Simply crush 2 cloves of garlic and add them to a half-cup of olive oil. Briefly warm the oil in a pan, then let the mixture sit for one hour. Apply 2-4 drops of olive oil mixture to a cotton ball; place the moistened cotton ball in the affected ear, and then lay with your ear toward the ceiling for 10 minutes for a potent healing solution.

Medicine Cabinet Secret #3: Aloe Vera Gel

While you may already use aloe vera gel on cuts, bruises and sunburns, you probably didn’t know it’s also a great home remedy for bad breath. Aloe vera contains an anti-inflammatory called b-sitosterol that soothes acid indigestion, which is a common cause of bad breath. Just dissolve a quarter-cup of pure aloe vera gel in a half-cup of water, then drink it down! Unlike a mint, which only treats the symptoms of bad breath, this aloe vera treatment will combat the gastric acid that’s the cause of the bad breath.

Medicine Cabinet Secret #4: Toenail Fungus

A mentholated topical cream is usually used for coughs, but Dr. Oz has found it’s also a great way to fight toenail fungus. The cream’s ingredients contain menthol, camphor and eucalyptus – all of which have anti-fungal properties. Simply apply the cream to the affected area twice a day, once in the morning before you put on your socks and once again at night, being sure to put on a fresh pair of socks or go barefoot.