Even the most regular smokers know the risks and adverse health effects of cigarettes—the increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer being some of the deadliest. And while kicking the habit can lead the way to a healthier future, the long-term effects of smoking aren’t completely reversible. But did you know there’s an easy-to-make drink that can help?

Smokers and non-smokers alike have been benefiting from what’s been dubbed a “lung detox recipe,” or a smoker’s lung remedy. All you need are four simple ingredients (hint: they’re probably in your refrigerator and pantry right now!) to break up much of the muck and gunk that accumulates in lungs regularly exposed to cigarette smoke. Here’s how to make it!

Smoking cigarettes invites a list of side effects and health risks so long and deadly that even your worst enemy would never wish them on you. These effects can do long-term damage that’s hard to shake even if you kick the habit.


Chemicals like tar, carbon monoxide, and nicotine can infiltrate and inflame a smoker’s lungs. Even after quitting, some ex-smokers feel like they can’t get a good breath—their lungs have been irrevocably damaged beyond repair. Or have they?

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A remedy to fight some of those side effects has gained steam on the Internet in recent years. Smokers who have quit or want to quit are finding great success in clearing up their lungs. Surely it’s complicated and mixed by doctors in lab coats, right?


Wrong! In fact, the four ingredients that comprise the drink are probably in your fridge and pantry right now. If they aren’t, just about any grocery store would carry all the ingredients. Here’s what you need to begin…

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To start, you’ll need an onion. Onions contain phenolics, flavonoids, and quercetin, which are fancy names for anti-inflammatory antioxidants. What’s more, research has shown that onions can actually kick some butt in the fight against cancer.

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Don’t believe it? Well, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, onions boast a powerful compound called allicin, which helps fight oral, esophageal, and a handful of other deadly cancers! What’s next in the lung remedy?

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Fresh ginger should be the next item pulled from the fridge or put in the shopping cart. Since it’s an allergy preventative, most natural smoking medicines include the stuff; it also helps prevent nausea. But for this remedy, it has a more important function…


Wherever there’s inflammation, a little ginger can do wonders. And since we’re talking about soothing and healing heavily inflamed lungs, this homemade cocktail would be incomplete without it. Up next?

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Grab a bit of honey from your pantry, a farmer’s market, or any grocery store. A study from the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine showed that a spoonful of honey was a big help for fighting coughs.


More specifically, the research shows that a spoonful could go toe-to-toe with any over-the-counter cough syrup, so it only makes sense to include some honey in this recipe! Now it’s time for the last ingredient in the healthy lung mixture…

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The final ingredient you’ll need is turmeric! While you’ve heard that this spice does wonders for aching joints, turmeric—like onions—can provide some unbelievable assistance in the fight against cancer.

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Researchers found, for instance, that turmeric’s active compound, curcumin, suppressed the growth of lung cancer in lab mice! For smokers, the spice would be all kinds of therapeutic. Now that you’ve got the ingredients, it’s time to make the drink!

Step 1: Roughly chop about 14 ounces of onion—almost a pound of the stuff. Grate two tablespoons of turmeric, and prepare a teaspoon of fresh ginger. Set that all aside.

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Step 2: Get a small saucepan of about a liter of water over medium heat. You don’t even have to wait for it to boil; just toss in the onions, turmeric, and ginger and allow the spices to mix in the slowly heating water.

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Step 3: Before the water starts boiling—just when you can see it start to form bubbles and ripples—reduce the heat and let the pot of water simmer. And simmer. And simmer. Until only about half the water remains…

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Step 4: Finally, when you’re down to only about a half-liter of fluid, turn the heat off completely. Again you’re going to play the waiting game as you let it all cool for awhile.

Step 5: When the healthy lung remedy has cooled just a bit, add in five tablespoons of that honey. Stir it into the water. By now, you should have a pretty thick mixture going.

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Step 6: Pour your drink through a strainer and into a cup with a lid. Cover up your concoction and stick it in the refrigerator until it’s so cool you could take a drink of it. That’s actually crucial for the last step…

Step 7: Take two tablespoons of the solution each morning on an empty stomach and two at night right before bed. As you sleep and digest your food, the solution is said to work its medicinal wonders…

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Within just a few days, you should notice your lungs feeling clearer! And hey—you don’t have to be a smoker or ex-smoker to benefit from this drink. It never hurts to give your lungs a helpful boost!

This smoker’s lung remedy seems incredibly easy to make, and if it helps negate any adverse effects at all, it’s more than worth a shot!

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