At a glance
Ozone is commonly known to be an irritant to the lungs, because it’s an oxidant and the lung tissue has no antioxidant defenses.
But once the ozone gas is bubbled through olive or another natural oil, it’s dismembered and no longer has that oxidizing value on the lungs. This process turns ozone gas into an ozonide, which most people say is safe to breathe.
In full transparency, breathing ozonides is not a well-researched topic from a scientific standpoint. There are tens of thousands of people who regularly do it and it appears to be safe according to anecdotal reports by doctors and patients. However, as is the case with all information on this website, this article is for educational purposes only. It’s recommended you consult with your medical practitioner if you’re considering any ozone therapy.
Typically clinicians refer patients to BOO therapy when there is a lung, sinus, or throat infection.
Some clinicians, such as Dr. Lee Cowden, also recommend it in the case of lung cancers and other lung based issues.
It does not seem to be a systemic or full body treatment.
Unlike most ozone therapies, none of the scientific organizations have produced an official document on BOO. This limits a lot of the information about BOO to clinical experiences by medical professionals and patients.
Here’s our speculation about why these organizations haven’t commented on this somewhat common ozone therapy:
Since ozone is widely known as an irritant to the lungs, publishing a scientific document on breathing ozonides would be an uphill battle — it would never see the light of day despite a lot of time, energy, and research. Scientific organizations would rather focus on ozone modalities that already have a scientific groundwork and are getting approval in a growing number of countries.
With that in mind, here are the reasons clinicians refer patients to BOO. It’s not a complete or comprehensive list, but will serve as direction:
Breathing ozonides is a pretty straightforward therapy. Ozonides have an antiseptic property, meaning they eliminate pathogens.
Although it’s not certain, BOO ozone therapy is speculated to help speed healing time. Ozone oil on the skin has been shown to stimulate growth factor, so some think breathing ozonides may do the same thing.
No good safety studies have been done on breathing ozonides, despite a lot of medical practitioners using it.
However, a lot of safety studies and research has been done on other forms of ozone therapy. We have an in-depth article looking at the safety of ozone therapy.
We did run some basic tests, just to see if any ozone gas could be detected after bubbling through oil. Every test we did showed that NO ozone gas was present after it had been bubbled through the oil.
That’s because ozone is unstable and wants to bond with other materials, which happens almost instantaneously once the ozone hits the oil. This creates ozonides, which are then the gas that is breathed in.
Getting started with ozone therapy requires a few things:
Protocol for BOO
Low and Slow Approach