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Lung Cleanse and Tonic

Lung Cleanse Tea

We all know that smoking is one of the most deadliest habit in modern times. Unfortunately that doesn’t stop a lot of us from doing it. Over 66 million people suffer from health issues caused by smoking. For every person it kills, a minimum of 90 people lives with a severe smoking-related illness.

Even though we’re cutting back on cigarettes, they still linger. The damage it does to your lungs is often serious and irreversible. But for smokers and ex-smokers, you’re in luck! There is a drink that can help you cleanse your lungs of these toxins.

Three main ingredients make the drink work: turmeric, ginger, and onion. All three are packed with various health benefits but combined they form a potent and tasty lung cleansing beverage.

Turmeric is a spice from India that is widely known for its vibrant gold color. It’s also praised for its health benefits, as many as 600 of them! It’s high in minerals and vitamins and has anticancer, antibacterial and antiviral properties (source). If this spice isn’t a part of your daily life already, it should be!

Ginger is most commonly used for settling an upset stomach, but it can do so much more. One, in particular, is the ability to reduce excess mucus in your lungs, which can happen as a result of smoking (source).

Finally, onions have powerful antioxidant and anticancer properties (source). It’s been used to treat some cancers, showing it can inhibit further growth of the cells. Not bad for a vegetable that’s known for making you cry and being self-conscious of your breath.


  • 2 tbsp. of turmeric
  • 400g of onion
  • Thumb-sized ginger root
  • 400g honey
  • 1 ts Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1L of water


  • Mix the sweetener into the water and heat until boiling
  • Chop the ginger and onion and add to the mixture, bring back to a boil
  • Add the turmeric and lower the heat to medium
  • Heat until there is only half the original amount left
  • Strain what’s left into a glass container
  • Let it cool to room temperature then place in the fridge
  • Consume 2 tbsp. daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, at least 2 hours after a meal

Smoking may be addictive, but it’s never too late to quit. It won’t be easy, but it will benefit you in the end. This drink is a great start for smokers and a better one for ex-smokers. Try it yourself and start breathing a little easier!

James O’Sullivan - that's me, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving my patients, my students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose or assess. The information provided is not to be considered a substitute for consultation with a qualified health care practitioner.
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