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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Clove of Garlic for an Ear Infection

Method: Insert a glove of garlic into your ear. Make sure the garlic you use is not broken, because it can burn you.
Verdict: It works! Herbalists recommend garlic drops to shorten duration and reduce the pain of ear infections. Garlic has potential to prevent or destroy pathogens, so this is a successful treatment option.

Turmeric Powder for Cuts and Scrapes

Method: Take turmeric powder and cover the area that is bleeding. For a deep cut or gash, cover with turmeric and apply pressure to stop bleeding and prevent infection.

Verdict: It works! Turmeric contains a raw material called curcumin, which is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. Curcumin prevents some extra chemicals from being released from injured cells, reducing damage.

White Rum with Lemon Juice and Water as a Fever Reducer

Method: Mix together rum, lemon juice and water and then use a wash rag to apply to your arms, back and forehead.

Verdict: It Does Not Work! Alcohol works to cool the skin so quickly that you begin to shiver, which works to raise your core body temperature. A 5-10 minute sponge bath with lukewarm water is far more effective. This treatment prevents a sharp decline in temperature by bringing it down gradually.