Everybody knows about the health risks associated with smoking, including an increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer. If you quit smoking, your chances of getting those diseases drop dramatically, but your lungs are likely still coated in tar.

Luckily for former smokers, there’s a home remedy that breaks up much of the muck and gunk in your lungs and gets your breathing back to normal quickly. Enjoy this surprisingly simple solution!

Step 1: For this easy home remedy, you’ll need to gather two tablespoons of turmeric, a finger-sized chunk of ginger root, one medium onion, one and three-quarter cups of sugar, and a liter of water. 

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Step 2: Add the water and sugar to a large pot, stir the ingredients until they’re well blended, and bring the mixture to a boil.

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Step 3: While the sugar water is coming a boil, chop the onion and ginger root, and when the water is boiling, add them to the mix.

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Step 4: Then, add two tablespoons of turmeric and lower the heat.

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Step 5: Let the mixture simmer until the volume is reduced by half.

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Step 6: Transfer the concoction to a container and refrigerate it.

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Step 7: Take two tablespoons of the solution each morning on an empty stomach and two at night right before bed. Within just a few days, you should notice your lungs feeling clearer!

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This solution seems incredibly easy to make, and if it helps reverse the effects of smoking in any way, it’s more than worth a shot!

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