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.