If your lungs are exhausted or damaged by smoking, diseases, allergies or simply being near air pollution in the environment, you can take specific steps to clear your lungs. Keeping your lungs clean and healthy will give you a greater life force in life.

What is Pulmonary Cleanse?

Lung Cleanse is a natural procedure designed to detoxify, cleanse and refresh the delicate respiratory coatings of the bronchial tubes and lungs by purging them of accumulated environmental toxins, harmful and irritating organisms. It can also help clear and strengthen the lungs with deep breathing exercises, massages, or certain herbs and oils with healing properties.

Who Needs a Lung Cleanse?

Cleaning the lungs can help anyone, since we all live in a world full of harmful chemicals, toxins and irritants that can exert constant stress on the lungs, but are particularly effective for certain individuals. Whether you want to improve your lung function, or if you want to start a new life without smoke, a lung cleanse is a great start on the road to living a healthy lifestyle.

The Smokers

I strongly encourage all smokers to stop smoking before they end up with lung disease or severe lung damage. If you currently smoke, you should clear your lungs with one or more of these practices.

Recent Ex-Smokers

People who have recently quit smoking can benefit from cleansing their lungs, which helps eliminate accumulated toxins. While it will still take time for your lungs to heal on their own, you can stimulate that process with a lung cleanse.

People with Lung Conditions

If you have specific health concerns, there is no substitute for advice from a health care professional. When you have those conversations, ask them about the lung cleansing activities, herbs, and oils described here.

People with Pets and Allergies

Many people face allergies every day, whether from pets, pollen, or other allergens in the air. Cleaning your lungs can help you remove allergens and relieve some symptoms.

How to Detoxify Your Lungs

Below we have gathered the best pulmonary cleaning options with additional information.

Deep Breathing Exercises

You can increase the amount of oxygen that reaches your lungs by doing deep breathing exercises. Studies found that deep breathing after heart surgery helped air the lungs, providing more oxygen and promoting healing.[1] Taking long, slow, deep breaths not only brings more oxygen to the lungs, but also helps oxygenated blood spread throughout the body. This technique has the advantage of helping you relax.

Essential Oils

Add several drops of these essential oils to a diffuser or humidifier in your home. Inhale deeply several times near where the fresh vapor comes out of the diffuser or humidifier. These oils smell great and have aromatherapy properties. You can combine this with a thought, such as “breathe in love and health, exhale toxins. Visualize how removing accumulated toxins as you exhale can speed up the healing process.

  • Oregano: Not just for cooking, oregano oil is well known for its ability to deter harmful organisms such as fungi and bacteria.
  • Tea Tree: This oil from the famous Australian Melaleuca tree can boost your immune system.
  • Eucalyptus: Another oil from an Australian tree, eucalyptus, has powerful antimicrobial properties against viruses, bacteria and fungi. Not only that, there is a long history of safe use to promote lung health.
  • Mint: Menthol in peppermint may increase exercise performance, probably by increasing lung activity. Ironically, some studies indicate that too much may increase nasal congestion, so keep this in mind.


When you exercise a lot and breathe hard, it helps increase your lung capacity and strengthens your entire cardiovascular system: lungs, heart and blood vessels. Conversely, scientists have irrefutable evidence that physical inactivity weakens the entire body and causes disease.

We also know that staying in good physical shape helps prevent[8]. If you’re even going to jog, it pushes the breath into your lungs and makes the blood flow. For people who quit smoking, this helps the lung healing process. If you live in an area with a lot of pollen or have allergies, you may want to run on a treadmill.

Castor Oil Packets

Castor oil packages have been used for centuries as a traditional remedy for respiratory diseases and to improve lymphatic circulation. To help remove phlegm and toxins from the lungs with packs of castor oil, soak 100 percent flannel cotton sheets or old, cut shirts with cold pressed organic castor oil that has been heated, but not too hot.

Place them on your chest while lying down. Cover your mattress with a waterproof pad or trash bags so you don’t put oil on bedding. Once you have placed the warm, oil-soaked strips on your chest, cover it with a plastic sheet (like a cut garbage bag) and a heating pad. Keep this packet of castor oil for an hour or two, then get up and clean.

Chest Percussion

When mucus, fluid, or phlegm builds up in your lungs, you can use chest physiotherapy or postural drainage and percussion. It is an effective technique, but it requires the help of a health care provider or, sometimes, at home with the help of a friend or family member. It involves getting into certain positions and gently tapping or drumming the chest to help loosen mucus so you can spit it out. It can also bring more oxygen to the lungs.

Percussion is used to help with the symptoms of certain medical conditions,[10] but can be used any time you have congestion in the lungs you want to get rid of. Ask someone to gently touch your back near one lung at a time while coughing. You can also lie on your side with your body at an angle to help loosen the phlegm and push it out.

Eat Lung Cleaning Foods

Studies show that antioxidant-rich foods counteract the production of mucus, fluid, and phlegm in the body, which tend to accumulate in the lungs and airways. An antioxidant is a substance that counteracts oxidation in your cells. Raw fruits and vegetables are generally good sources of antioxidants.

An easy way to understand oxidation is with the example of the fruit. When you cut an apple, the pulp of the fruit turns brown and spoils when oxygen in the air touches it, this is oxidation. The same process occurs inside your body and is called oxidative stress.

Free radicals, such as “reactive oxygen species,” damage cells. Consumption of antioxidants counteracts these effects, resulting in healthier lungs and a healthier person.