Every day Dr. Oz works to keep you healthy, but even doctors need expert help, too. Dr. Oz’s wife Lisa shares her best tips on how she helps keep him in good shape – which you can use to keep your family healthy, too.
The Problem: Stress
Lisa’s Solution: Reflexology
An ancient art based on the idea that a map of the body is reflected on the hands and feet, reflexology applies pressure or massages at specific points that can affect various organs and parts of the body. Not only is it fast and reduces stress, it can also bring you closer as a couple.
For example, your toes represent your head, including your brain, sinuses, eyes and ears. The ball of your foot is linked to your chest area, including your lungs, heart and liver, and your heel represents your lower body, such as your small intestines, bladder and pelvis. Find out more with these interactive reflexology maps.
The Problem: Traveler’s Constipation
Lisa’s Solution: Magnesium Citrate Powder
Whenever you or anyone in your family is constipated, especially on a trip, try magnesium citrate, which acts as a natural laxative. Magnesium relaxes intestinal muscles and brings water into the colon to soften stool and move it along more easily. While you are constipated, try a 500 mg capsule a day, or if you have trouble swallowing pills, 1 teaspoon of the powder a day. Mixing it with a glass of orange juice can help mask the taste.
The Problem: Pain
Lisa’s Solution: Comfrey Compress
Comfrey is a medicinal herb that’s been used for centuries to help heal tissue and contains allantoin, a substance that has been found to decrease inflammation and ease pain and swelling from an injury. Lisa likes to take a cheese cloth and drench it in comfrey ointment, then put it on the affected area. Make sure to not apply comfrey to broken skin or open wounds.
The Problem: Anxiety
Lisa’s Solution: Bach’s Hornbeam
When you feel overextended with whatever life tosses at you, Bach’s Hornbeam is a good remedy for your frazzled nerves. Made from the flowers of hornbeam trees, which are found in many parts of the world, Bach’s Hornbeam comes in a tincture that you put under your tongue. It has a tiny bit of alcohol in it, and by putting it under your tongue, it doesn’t burn. You can also dilute it with water by mixing two drops into a glass of water.
The Problem: Rough Skin
Lisa’s Solution: Salt Scrub
Like women who use cosmetics daily, Dr. Oz’s skin can take a beating from all the makeup he has to wear for the show. Exfoliate your skin, unclog your pores and make your skin feel smooth and moisturized with Lisa’s Salt Scrub, which you can use on your face or all over your body in the shower. Be sure to use finely ground sea salt so it’s not too rough on your skin.
1/2 cup finely ground sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 drops lavender oil
Mix ingredients together and apply in a gentle, circular motion. Wash off.
The Problem: Germs
Lisa’s Solution: Oil of Oregano
You may know it as an herb from pasta sauce or pizza, but oil of oregano is made from the leaves and flowers of the wild plant in the Mediterranean – and it kills germs in three important places, giving it an immunity-bolstering punch. Use it only as needed for no more than 2 weeks, and it is not recommended for use if you are pregnant.
Here’s how to take advantage of oil of oregano’s germ-killing benefits:
1. Gut: Bad bacteria is strong and hard for your immune cells to penetrate. But carvacrol, one of the active ingredients in oil of oregano, helps break down the bad bacteria's defenses. And unlike a prescription antibiotic, oil of oregano will fight a yeast infection instead of causing one. Try the oil in enteric-coated capsules. Be sure to look for 50% of carvacrol on the label.
2. Mouth: Your mouth is often the entry point for colds or the flu, and oil of oregano can work as an antiseptic because it contains thymol, the same active ingredient in many brands of mouthwash. You can try using oil of oregano as a mouthwash, but look out – it’s strong! Instead, try 2 drops of the oil on your toothbrush with or without toothpaste.
3. Skin: New research reveals bad bacteria on the skin may cause rosacea. And we already know that it contributes to acne. The oil’s bacteria-busting power can help eliminate bacteria. Add a little sesame oil to the oregano oil to dilute it. Then soak a cotton ball in it and dab on the affected area nightly. Apply it before bed so your body has all night to absorb it.