Dr. Oz and the Medicine Hunter explore the medicinal properties of essential oils. Not only do they smell good, but they can make you feel better.

  • Manuka oil is good for cuts and scrapes thanks to its antifungal qualities. It promotes faster healing of the skin.
  • Smelling lavender oil can reduce the stress hormones in your blood. For help sleeping at night, put some on your pillow.
  • Peppermint oil is one of the few essential oils that can be ingested. Mix with water to relieve indigestion and ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

How to Safely Make Lifestyle Changes With Type 2 Diabetes

Gain control of your disease while still protecting your heart

If you're overweight or obese and have type 2 diabetes, a new study reveals how to make lifestyle changes that will help you safely gain control of your disease and still protect your heart.

Researchers published a study in Diabetes Care that took a second — and more in-depth — look at data from the NIH's Look AHEAD study. They found that for 85% of people in that study, lifestyle interventions that triggered weight loss and increased physical activity reduced potential cardiovascular problems. Such lifestyle interventions also help reduce the risks for diabetes, dementia and some cancers and strengthen the immune system.

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