Toxic fumes blanket the world today. Even if you don’t smoke yourself, your lungs are probably filled with the poison spewed out by industrial buildings, vehicles, or even your neighbours’ second hand smoke.
As our lungs are integral for our respiratory needs, it is extremely important to keep them healthy, and this means that you should detox them every once in a while.
A lung detox targets the bronchial passages and lungs, and removes environmental toxins, harmful organisms and irritants. It will improve the vitality and strength of your lungs, and clear blockages to promote air circulation.
Cleaning your lungs is actually quite an easy task, and does not require any elaborate equipment.
1. Deep Breathing
The simplest way to detox your lungs is through a session of deep breathing. Firstly, lie back and place your hands on your stomach, below the rib cage. With eyes closed, breathe in deeply through your nose, and count to 5. Hold your breath for 2 seconds, then breathe out to the count of 5. Repeat 9-10 times per session, with 2-3 sessions per day.
This provides more oxygen to your body, improving your lung capacity. It also strengthens your lungs, while clearing and cleansing your air passages.
2. Castor Oil Pack
How about a homemade remedy using organic, cold pressed castor oil? It not only helps draw toxins out of the lungs, but from the uterus, digestive system and liver too!
- Soak 2 or 3 pieces of wool flannel in warm castor oil.
- Lie down on a large plastic sheet.
- Place soaked wool flannels over your chest, covering the lung areas.
- Cover flannels with another large plastic sheet.
- Put a heating pad over the plastic sheet for 1 to 2 hours.
- Remove the packs and rinse your body with warm water to remove oil residue.
- Repeat 2 times a week for a month.
Oregano is extremely adept at cleaning your lungs. It further reduces congestion and inflammation in the lungs, while promoting better airflow.
- Drink 2 cups of oregano tea daily. You can make the tea by steeping fresh or dried oregano in hot water for about 5 minutes.
- To detoxify your lungs, add a few drops of oregano oil to a glass of warm milk or tea and drink it at least once a day.
- Also, use fresh or dried oregano in your cooking.
Another herb, licorice, can also help cleanse your lungs. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties to combat lung infections and irritations and is usually used to treat severe lung infections.
- Drink 2 to 3 cups of licorice root tea a day. To make the tea, add 1 teaspoon of licorice powder to a cup of hot water, and let it steep for 10 minutes.
- You may also try mixing ½ teaspoon of licorice powder with a little honey and have it twice daily for a few days.
Note: May not be suitable for pregnant women, infants and people who have diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease or low potassium levels.
Traditionally used by the Chinese since times past, ginger exhibits powerful medicinal properties, and helps strengthen the lungs by removing pollutants that enter the lungs. It further aids in better blood flow, while helping to combat lung cancer.
- Drink 2 to 3 cups of ginger tea daily. To make the tea, boil 1 teaspoon of sliced grated ginger in 1 or 1½ cups of water. Allow it to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Include raw ginger in your cooking. You can also take a supplement after consulting your doctor.
Note: People who take heart or high blood pressure medication should avoid taking ginger in excess.