How to Protect Yourself From Breathing Ozone
Doing ozone treatments at home is generally a very safe activity.
But there is the risk of breathing in some of the excess ozone gas which tends to escape into the room.
If you accidentally get too much ozone into your lungs, it can irritate or damage them.
The resulting pain and discomfort can take days to resolve and it can exacerbate existing lung conditions.
If you tend to use your ozone equipment a lot, having to deal with a lung injury can keep you from badly needed ozone treatments.
Consequently, every home ozone setup should include solutions on how to protect yourself from breathing ozone. The most common ones are masks, using a fan, a destructor, towels, and plenty of ventilation.
Let's go one-by-one, in no particular order:
1. Wear a Mask
One of the best protections against ozone in the room: a 3M respirator.
Wearing a mask is my favorite way to keep ozone out of the lungs.
But not everyone shares my enthusiasm. Although since the implementation of one of the biggest corporate welfare programs in human history, many people have changed their attitude towards masks.
Are they absolutely necessary when doing ozone at home? No, of course. You can use any of the other precautions I list on this page.
But I found the mask to be a game changer: it allows for more flexibility and one can watch a screen during the ozone treatments instead of having to face the rotating blades of a fan.
The mask consists of two parts: the face piece and the filters.
The filters are completely interchangeable. Any 3M filter will fit onto the mask.
For ozone, I recommend filters with the numbers 2097 or 2138. Their specifications quote ozone as one of the gasses they remove. Although, I found that other filters will often do the job just as well even though ozone is not mentioned in the specs.
A pair of filters can last a very long time, up to several years, even with heavy use.
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2. Use a Fan
During ear insufflations excess ozone will escape and flow down your face. If you don't protect yourself, you may end up inhaling it. A fan solves the problem.
Another popular way to protect yourself from breathing ozone during home ozone treatments is a fan.
You can put it in front of your sauna, your body bag, or when doing vaginal or ear insufflations.
The fan will blow the gas away and protect your lungs. It's a good idea to have a window or a door open at the same time, to give the gas a way to leave the room.
You can also combine it with a towel or a mask.
A note about ceiling fans: they may be helpful in creating additional air circulation in the room, but they will not prevent you from breathing the ozone in during an ozone treatment.
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3. Use Your Patio
In the above video I demonstrate how I ozonate water on my balcony.
Do you have a patio or a large enough balcony?
Great! Use it.
By setting up your ozone equipment outside you will ensure maximum ventilation.
Although, you may still need to put a fan in front of you during an ozone sauna.
An outside space is perfect to ozonate water, too, especially if your ozone bubbler does not have an attached destructor.
If you are planning on leaving your ozone equipment outside, make sure to protect it against bird droppings, dust, and rain.
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4. Open Windows and Doors
Not everyone has a patio. But everyone has a window or a door. Some even have both!
If you are one of those lucky people, open them to allow for the ozone to escape your living space as fast as possible.
Do you have windows on opposite sides fo your apartment? Great! Set them wide open and create a draft.
5. Use an Ozone Destructor
A syringe filling station will protect you from accidentally breathing ozone when preparing for ozone injections.
Use an ozone destructor whenever possible.
A destructor is a container filled with ozone neutralizing material like manganese oxide. It has an inlet and an outlet so that gas can pass through. Ozone flows in through one side of the destructor and pure oxygen flows out the other.
The downside is that there are limited uses for ozone destructors: they can only be applied when filling syringes or when ozonating water.
For water ozonation, water bubblers with an integrated destructor are a great solution, see picture below.
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Promolife sells a whole collection of water bubblers with destructors attached to them. The black container on top of the bubbler – that's where the excess ozone is broken down to oxygen.
The other option is to buy the destructor tube separately and attach it to the ozone output hose of the water bubbler.
A syringe filling station is another piece of ozone equipment where destructors can be of great help. It consists of a three way valve, a destructor, and a filter. Before filling the syringe, you first let the ozone run through the destructor for a few seconds, then turn the lever to fill the syringe with ozone.
There are also ozone generators which are equipped with built-in destructors like the Stratus 3.0.
6. Wrap a Towel Around Your Neck
When using the full body bag put a towel around your neck to prevent ozone from escaping and getting into your lungs.
Protect yourself from breathing ozone when using the ozone body bag or the sauna by putting a towel around your neck.
Especially during an ozone sauna a lot of ozone gas can escape through the neck hole. A towel wrapped tightly around the neck will prevent the gas from getting into your nostrils.
A similar situation happens when you place yourself inside a body bag.
Keep in mind that a towel alone may not be enough. You may need to use a mask and a fan as well.
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7. Put a Towel On Your Lap
Here, you see a combination of two safety precautions during vaginal insufflations: a mask and a towel on the lap.
This is something specifically when doing vaginal insufflations in a continuous fashion, which is how they're mostly performed. During the treatment, a considerable amount of ozone will escape the same way it came in.
To prevent you from breathing it in, put a pillow or a towel on your lap which will soak the gas in.
Make sure the pillow or towel are either white or old, since ozone will bleach the color out of any fabric.
8. Don't Hold the Ozone Output Hose Close To Your Nose
If you need to check if your ozone generator produces ozone, don't ever hold the ozone output hose close to your nose. Instead use your other hand to gently fan some ozone towards you.
Some people like to check if ozone is being produced before they start the ozone administration, so they keep the ozone tubing close to their nose and check for an ozone smell.
Do NOT do this.
This is a sure way to hurt yourself. The last time I did this I nearly passed out.
The correct and safe way to check for ozone is to use your hand to fan the output gas towards your face and see if you can smell the gas.
Best: don’t check for the ozone smell at all.
If your ozone machine has a light which goes on when you turn it on, then chances are good that it’s producing ozone.
If in doubt, you can perform the latex glove test: direct the ozone stream towards a latex glove. Ozone easily destroys latex. If there is ozone coming out of the machine, you will see holes forming inside the glove.
You will also notice it during the ozone administration, since in spite of all the above precautions some ozone will always find its way into the room and be eventually detected by your nose.
9. Leave the Room
You don't have one of those fancy water bubblers with the attached destructor but instead just use an old wine bottle or a jug to ozonate your water?
Not a problem.
Just leave the room as long as the ozone machine is running, and open the windows wide open.
You can use any open glass container to ozonate water, as long as you protect yourself from the escaping ozone.
When you get back into the room hold your breath, grab the water jug, and leave quickly. Allow for the room to air out before you go back in.
10. Hold Your Breath
First, turn your face away from the glass with the ozonated water and take a deep breath. Then drink the O3 water while still holding your breath.
This is a helpful trick to protect yourself from breathing ozone when drinking ozonated water.
Ozone gas will collect on top of the water surface.
Here is how to avoid inhaling it when you drink the water:
First, hold the glass with the ozonated water away from you. Then, take a deep breath and drink the water while holding your breath the whole time.
11. Keep Vitamin C Handy
If you accidentally breathed in too much ozone, squeeze a bunch of lemons or limes and drink the juice, or dissolve some vitamin C powder in water and drink it.
This last tip will not protect you from breathing ozone in, but it will help you after the fact.
So, in case you were not careful enough and some ozone got into your lungs, dissolve half a spoon of Vitamin C powder in a glass of water and drink it right away.
Keep repeating this throughout the day until the lung discomfort resolves.
Vitamin C is an ozone antagonist and can be a very quick and helpful way to deal with ozone accidents.
If you're keeping ozone equipment at home, you should keep vitamin C handy for emergency cases.
Have I missed anything? Do you have other ideas how to protect yourself from breathing ozone when doing ozone treatments at home? Let us know in the comments below!
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I’m Paola the Crazy Old Ozone Lady behind The Power of Ozone. I’m a licensed naturopathic practitioner, natural health consultant, ozone therapy enthusiast, researcher, and ozone therapy analyst. I hold certificates in ozone therapy, hyperbaric ozone applications, Oxyvenierung, and the Andrew Cutler chelation. I own several ozone generators including a German hyperbaric 10 Pass machine. I have been using ozone for over 13 years, I’ve chelated with the ACC program for close to 5 years and I’ve been carnivore for nearly 1.5 years. This website serves as a resource for those who are interested in ozone therapy and other approaches to successfully manage chronic conditions.
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