Liver Health Complementary and Alternative Medicine


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Essential Oils for Your Liver Health

There are many essential oils that have been recognized both medically and traditionally for supporting liver health. We will review which oil singles and blends are helpful to liver health as well as look at the research that exists for each oil showing how it aids the liver. First I will provide some background information on what essential oils are, how they work, and how to choose which ones to use.

Essential oils are the aromatic liquid that is derived from plant material such as the leaves, buds, flowers, or roots. It is very concentrated essence of plant- it takes 5,000 lbs of rose petals to make about 1 pound of rose essential oil! What makes this aromatic liquid useful to our health is that each oil has its own naturally occurring chemical constituents. In fact essential oils, were some of the first medicine available to mankind and they have been used since about 4500 BC and many are often mentioned in the Bible. There are over 70,000 different kinds of molecules in plant oils, many of which mimic the molecules used by our bodies for support, maintenance, and regeneration.

CAUTION: It is essential that you use ONLY Therapeutic Grade essential oils! You need to use therapeutic grade essential oils to ensure safety and optimal results. Many essential oils sold use chemical methods of extraction that may leave traces of undesirable chemicals behind. Therapeutic grade means they are safe and that the naturally occurring compounds contained in each essential oil product are of the highest and most consistent bioactive levels. I suggest Young Living Essential Oils because I know they produce results from personal experience.

Fennel essential oil "helps support the digestive function, which is a major part of the liver in producing the enzymes necessary for good digestion. It is an antiseptic and a tonic for the liver. It also helps balance hormones."(Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Leatham and Higley) Research shows that fennel essential oil protects the liver from some toxins- "Hepatoprotective activity of Foeniculum vulgare (fennel) essential oil (FEO) was studied using carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4)) induced liver injury model in rats. The results of this study indicate that FEO has a potent hepatoprotective action against CCl(4)-induced hepatic damage in rats." (PMID: 12727504)

Geranium essential oil "helps with hormonal balance. It helps with gallbladder, liver and kidney functions. It helps discharge toxins from the liver. It dilates biliary ducts for liver detoxification." (Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Leatham and Higley) Plant extract from Geranium have been shown In vitro and in vivo to have anti-hepatitis B virus activities! (Antiviral Res. 2008 Aug;79(2):114-20). Geranium extracts can effectively inhibit the occurrence of liver metastases carcinoma- the spreading of cancer to the liver from other areas. (PMID: 19445132)

Rosemary "is a cleanser and detoxifier of the blood and liver. It has been used for hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver." (Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Leatham and Higley) One study reported that rosemary selectively induced CYP and detoxication enzymes- part of the body's strategy to dispose of potentially harmful substances by making them more water-soluble. (PMID: 11498267) "The potential hepatoprotective and antimutagenic activities of the rosemary ethanolic extract and essential oil, respectively, are attributed to the presence of a relatively high percentage of phenolic compounds with high antioxidant activity" (PMID: 10719582.)

Chamomile "is a cleanser of the blood and also helps the liver reject and discharge poisons. It is anti-infectious. It also aids with gastritis, gall bladder, and liver problems." (Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Leatham and Higley) One study suggest that chamomile could contribute to the prevention of the progress of hyperglycemia and diabetic complications. (J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Sep 10;56(17):8206-11. )

Helichrysum "may help blood cleansing, chelate metallics, detoxify and stimulate the liver cell function, stimulate pancreas, reduce tissue pain, and regerate tissue." (Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Leatham and Higley) The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities of Helichrysum have been established in various in-vivo and in-vitro experimental models. (PMID: 11902802)

JuvaFlex is a blend of the above essential oils. It was formulated with the oils that have been recognized medically and traditionally for helping aid the body in cleansing the liver and building a stronger system. Juvaflex can be applied to the vita flex points on the feet, spine, and especially over the liver. More on JuvaFlex here.

See our Disclaimer. Essential oils or any of the other nutritional healing on this website are not offered as a cure for Hepatitis C, a very serious disease. Please consult with a doctor.