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Healing Fatty Liver with Essential Oils

By Jodi Cohen

A person holding a paper cutout of a liver in front of their body against a blue background, possibly to represent liver health or a medical concept.

Your liver performs over 500 functions in your body, which means it is busy.  And, it can get overwhelmed and backlogged.

For example, your liver is the major detoxifying organ in your body. It acts as a filter for everything you eat and drink, “cleaning up” the blood that comes from the digestive tract before it passes on to the rest of your body.

This means that any undigested proteins or fats get processed through your liver, adding to its already large workload.  If these toxins and fats don’t get processed in an orderly fashion, they can accumulate in your liver, hence the term fatty liver. Your body protects itself from toxins by wrapping them in fat.  The irony is that even skinny people can have fatty livers and there are rarely any obvious symptoms that your liver needs support.

Since your liver is involved in so many functions of the body, symptoms of overload usually present elsewhere, as issues like:

Excessive Fatigue: Fatigue is a common when the liver is under stress as the liver is responsible for managing blood sugar to support your energy levels and combat fatigue. A stressed liver may become less efficient at regulating your blood sugar leaving to fatigue and sugar cravings. Read more HERE.

Hormone Imbalances or PMS: Your liver helps build and detoxify your hormones, including excess estrogen. When liver function is impaired, excess estrogen may not be eliminated and can be reabsorbed resulting in symptoms like PMS, breast tenderness, excessive bleeding, moodiness or weight gain.  Read More about Estrogen Dominance HERE.

Bloating and Gas: Bile, which is produced in your liver and stored in your gall bladder, helps emulsify fats in your small intestine.  In other words, it acts like a detergent, cleaning your intestines of any microbial overgrowth and preventing GI issues, like SIBO, or gas and bloating. Bile serves as an anti-microbial agent, preventing unfriendly flora from settling in which contributes to constipation.  When toxins are not eliminated, it contributes to a further imbalance of gut flora, along with gas and bloating.

High Levels of Heavy Metals: When the liver’s detoxification pathways are impaired, heavy metals can accumulate in the body. In particular, the liver’s stores of glutathione, which safely and effectively binds to toxins and metals, can be depleted. Read more about this HERE.

Chemical sensitivities and allergies: Your liver breaks down excess histamine.  If your liver is sluggish, histamine is not properly broken down and can build up in your body contributing to symptoms like a heightened sensitivity to smells, chemicals and foods. Read more HERE. Research shows that individuals with impaired bile flow, present with significantly greater than normal levels of histamine in their blood work.

Itchy Skin: When your liver is impaired, it compromises optimal bile flow.  Bile can then get pushed out through and deposited on your skin contributing to itchiness.

Bruising and Bleeding: You may bruise more easily because the liver can no longer produce enough proteins that are needed to clot the blood after an injury. The liver actually produces several clotting factors, all of which begin to disappear when the liver is damaged.

Swelling: When the liver isn’t able to do its job, people may start to retain water in their abdomens and legs, causing swelling.

Poor Sleep: Poor liver function can contribute to night waking. Sleep disturbances have long been observed in chronic liver conditions, and one mechanism may be impaired hepatic melatonin metabolism. Read more HERE.

Compromised Immune Function:  Liver overwhelm can compromise the function of your liver immune cells, known as Kupffer cells, and increase immune reactivity to proteins. If your liver is inflamed and back logged or detoxification function is compromised, these proteins can elicit an exaggerated immune response.  If your liver is slacking on the job, your immune system has to pick up the slack. Improving liver function improves immune function. If your liver is overwhelmed or congested from an overload of toxins (including undigested proteins that turn into toxins), it will not have the energy and vitality to support your immune system.

Essential Oils for Fatty Liver

Essential oils help keep plants healthy by moving vital fluids and energy.  They perform similar functions in your body, helping to move energy and prevent stagnation.  When your liver becomes stagnant, from physical toxins, stress or anxiety, it impedes detoxification.  Essential oils are a powerful tool to help shift stagnation and improve flow of energy and toxins through the liver and the gall bladder.

Essential oils can help shift your body into alignment so toxins do not backlog into your bloodstream, but flow out of your body. More specifically, topically applying essential oils to specific points on your skin can activate energy flow directly and quickly, stimulating your liver and gall bladder to help toxins flow out of the body.

The super small size of essential oil molecules allows them to be easily transdermally assimilated into the organs, to help promote directional flow of bile and toxins.

To avoid this viscous cycle, you might consider the following essential oils to ensure optimal fat digestion:

Parasympathetic®: Your body needs to be in the parasympathetic nervous system “rest and digest” state to support healthy liver function.  The parasympathetic state turns on the housekeeping wave of digestion, allowing the bowels to move and eliminate toxins. If you are suffering from constipation, toxins from the liver and gallbladder do not leave the body, but instead are reabsorbed.

To ensure optimal digestion in the parasympathetic state, you can apply the Vibrant Blue Parasympathetic® blend to the vagal nerve (behind the earlobe on the mastoid bone) before meals to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system “rest and digest” state.

Liver™:  Your liver is your most overworked organ in your body.  It works along with your kidneys, gallbladder and gut to help your body process fats and eliminate toxins.

Your liver actually neutralizes and alters the chemical structure of toxins such as drugs, nicotine, caffeine and chemicals so that they are water-soluble – and then excretes them through the bile, causing them to be harmlessly ushered from the body. Your liver can be overwhelmed by toxins, causing it to become congested and inflamed.

To help support healthy liver function, apply Liver™ over the liver (right side of the body, under the ribs) 2 – 3 times daily.

Gall Bladder™:  Once the liver produces bile, it is stored and concentrated in the gall bladder.  Toxin flow and bile flow are completely linked. If you don’t have adequate bile flow you’re not dumping toxins from the liver and they start building up in the liver cells.

Bile also helps to dissolve fat you consume as part of your diet.  Your cell membranes are also made out of fat. In the Fatty Liver Docu-Class, Chris Shade noted that if bile doesn’t flow out of the liver, bile salts build up in the liver where they risk damaging liver cells so the liver dumps toxins back into the bloodstream.

Unfortunately, stress, hormones, and excess fat consumption can make the bile thick, viscous and stagnant which impedes its ability to flow.  If you try a keto diet and experience a lot of nausea, this is a sign of gall bladder issues.  To support the optimal flow of bile from the Gall Bladder, apply Gall Bladder™ on the right side of the body under the bra under-wire or along and slightly under the right rib cage, can help ease bile flow for optimal fat assimilation and absorption.

For more information on Fatty Liver, check out the Fatty Liver Docu Class for free! It will be going on from February 25 – March 4, 2020.


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About The Author

Jodi Cohen

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.