Essential Oils for Heavy Metal Detoxification

by Jodi Cohen

I have been actively detoxifying heavy metals from my system to help heal some deep underlying issues, like brain fog, fatigue. Learn in this blog how to use essential oils to support your heavy metal detox.


Heavy Metal Detox

Heavy metal toxicity can also present as symptoms like headaches, tinnitus, neuropathy, cognitive dysfunction, sleep disorders, constipation, kidney failure, hypertension, muscle weakness, light sensitivity, depression, anxiety, impaired fertility and anemia.

Heavy metals can accumulate in our brain and organs, tissues, fat cells, and bones, contributing to chronic inflammation and neurological illness, impair immunity, damage the kidneys, lungs, and the brain. They can poison our organs, disrupt our digestive system, and leave us more susceptible to illness and disease.

Essential oils, with their unique ability to access and heal the brain, have been playing a critical role in my heavy metal detoxification effort.


Can Essential Oils Chelate Heavy Metals?

While essential oils have many detoxification properties, I am not suggesting that essential oils be used to chelate metals from the body, but rather to help support the organs of detoxification and the detoxification pathways. In this capacity, essential oils can enhance the body’s own ability to remove heavy metals and other toxins.  For example, lipids make up 60-80 % of our central nervous system and any deficiency makes the nervous system susceptible to fat soluble metals.  Essential oils are fat soluble and can help the nervous system maintain its resilience against metals.


4 Ways Essential Oils Support Heavy Metal Detoxification


1.    Open Blocked Detoxification Pathways

Toxins drain from the brain and the body through specific pathways.  For example, toxins draining from the brain exit via the neck pathways including the veins, lymphatic system and nervous system.  When these pathways are blocked or overloaded with a combination of metals and infections, toxins can back up and accumulate and significantly impede our ability to detoxify.

More concerning, neurotoxins that linger in the neck channel due to blocked detoxification pathways can be absorbed by nerve endings, known as neuronal uptake, and travel inside the neuron, either via the spinal cord or the brainstem, back into the brain.

This can contribute to vagus nerve toxicity (Learn how to heal the vagus nerve HERE) and disrupt other functions of nerve cells, such as the transport of nutrients, mitochondrial respiration and proper DNA transcription.

Similarly if other organs in the body are blocked or backed up, toxins get backed up as well.  Detoxification pathways function as a hydraulics system and the downstream pathways need to be open for the toxins to drain from the brain.   Toxins can also be reabsorbed by the abundant nerve endings in the intestinal wall and recirculate.

To help open detoxification pathways, consider the essential oils in the Reboot Your Brain Kit™, along with Circulation™.  You can learn more about detoxifying the brain HERE.


2.  Support Organs of Elimination

Organs of elimination must be supported and working well before increasing the burden on them with a heavy metal detox effort.  By supporting the organ, you also help open the detoxification pathways and prevent drainage back up. The organs of detoxification include:


Liver™: The liver is the primary organ of detoxification. It filters toxins, like heavy metals, from blood and neutralizes the toxins in preparation for elimination. The liver needs energy and vitality to keep up with the increased toxic burden.  Liver™ helps support optimal health and vitality of the liver and is ideal during a heavy metal detoxification or any kind of digestive repair effort that might release extra toxins (like yeast die-off).  Apply 2 to 3 drops of Liver™ directly over the liver (right side of the body, under the breast) two to three times daily. The blend is especially helpful when applied before sleep during a detoxification effort as so much of the liver’s work occurs while we are sleeping.


Gall Bladder™: The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile which helps us emulsify fat for digestion and carries toxins and old hormones out of the body. Ideally, the gallbladder releases bile into the small intestine where it breaks down the fat for the body to absorb, before being eliminated from the body in the stool. When we eliminate the bile, we eliminate toxins with it.  Unfortunately, stress, toxicity, hormones, or diets too low or too high in fat can make the bile thick, viscous, and stagnant which impedes its ability to flow both to the small intestine and out of the body.  If toxins, do not exit the body, they can be reabsorbed, further adding to the body’s toxic burden and contributing to hormonal imbalances and gallbladder challenges. Applying Gall Bladder™ on the right side of the body under the bra under-wire or along and slightly under the right rib cage two to three times daily may help support optimal flow of bile.


Kidney Support™:  The kidneys play a vital role in detoxification, regulating the flow and balance of fluids in the body, filtering the blood, and helping remove waste from the body through urination.  In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are considered the seat of courage and willpower. They control the volume, composition, and pressure of fluids in all the cells. Blood flows through the kidneys at its highest pressure, filtering out toxins and directing nourishing materials to where they are needed.  Kidney Support™ applied over the kidneys (lower back, size of a fist starting at bottom rib), over the forehead or around the outside of earlobes can help support the kidney’s ability to release toxins.  It also helps to support the kidneys with electrolytes. Electrolytes, particularly sodium, help to transport the toxic waste through the extracellular space in the direction of lymphatic and venous vessels, which helps the kidneys maintain normal fluid levels.  I like the brand Matrix Electrolyte.  Binders also help protect the kidneys by routing the majority of the toxins out through the gastrointestinal system in the feces, rather than excreting them through the kidneys in the urine.  Read more about binders HERE.


Lymph™: The lymphatic system removes toxins from every cell in the body. It works as the body’s septic system, removing the byproducts and wastes created from metabolizing nutrients. Just like the drains in your home, the lymphatic system can get congested and stagnant, and toxins can build up. The more you can help the lymph fluid flow, the more quickly you can move toxins out of the body.  Attempts to detoxify the body when the lymph system is congested often lead to detox and healing reactions. The lymphatic system helps remove toxins, excess fluid, and waste products from the cells and the interstitial spaces between the cells.

Unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system does not have a central pump—it only moves as the muscles squeeze it along. So the lack of movement makes the lymphatic system stagnant, with waste accumulating and excessive toxins building up.  Lymph™ blend helps keep lymph flowing to move toxins out of the body. Liberally apply 2 to 3 drops of Lymph™ to both sides of the neck, the lymph nodes under the arms, over the clavicles and around inguinal ligament (bikini line area—think where your leg creases when you lift it) to ensure optimal drainage and health.


Lung Support™: The lungs are sponge-like organs located near the backbone on either side of the heart, that play a key role in detoxification. They function as a fundamental source of life energy –transporting oxygen from the atmosphere into the capillaries so they can oxygenate blood – as well as an important channel of elimination – releasing carbon dioxide and other toxins from the bloodstream into the atmosphere. Applying 2 -3 drops of Lung Support™ over the lungs can help release toxins.


In addition, improved circulation can help the lungs function more efficiently, which promotes detoxification.  Applying 2 -3 drops of Circulation™ over the lungs (especially over the left clavicle), on the sides or back of the neck, on the wrists or ankles to support healthy circulation and help eliminate toxins and waste.

Skin:  Our skin is our largest organ and can be a powerful channel for sweating out toxins either in a sauna or an Epsom salt bath.  The addition of Parasympathetic™ oil can further increase heat levels, which will help you to sweat out toxins. Learn more about healing baths and essential oil combinations HERE.




3. Support Gut Healing

The gut serves as both a major organ of detoxification – where toxin-filled bile dumped into the small intestine for elimination — and a potential breeding ground for pathogens that feed on the toxins which are not eliminated.  It is important to take binders like chlorella (ideally taken 3 to 4 times a day about 30 minutes before meals to ensure chlorella is present in the small intestine when toxin-filled bile enters the intestines). During a heavy metal detox to ensure that mobilized heavy metals and other toxins leave the body.

Heavy metals serve as a source of food for viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens in our body, including yeast.  Consequently, yeast and parasites thrive in an environment with high metal toxicity and it is important to address these pathogens as part of a comprehensive heavy metal detoxification strategy. When pathogens feed on heavy metals, they produce a waste product (biotoxins) that contributes to gut dysbiosis and wreak even greater havoc on the central nervous system.   For this reason, you always have to balance killing of infections with clearing of toxins

Heavy metals can also promote inflammation in the digestive tract, releasing poisons into our gut as well. Small intestine inflammation can slow down the detoxification and backlog the toxins contributing to retoxification.  If you mobilize more toxins than the body can eliminate, toxins can flood the connective tissue and get into places where they can cause additional damage.  For example, a tremendous amount of lymph resides in the gut that can easily become overwhelmed and congested. If the gut isn’t draining, then essentially, the extremities can’t drain, as well. It is therefore important to get the lymphatic waste clearance system moving to release heavy metals.

Heavy metals in combination with other toxins can also throw off the balance of healthy gut microbiome – your mini-ecosystem of microorganisms like healthy gut flora – which play a critical role in detoxifying heavy metals. The popular herbicide glyphosate has been found to compromise the gut microbiome so certain pathogenic bugs can convert mercury into the more dangerous into more methylated mercury form.  It is therefore important to detoxify heavy metals in combination with restoring gut microbiome. The effect of pre- or probiotics without detoxification of the environment falls flat.

During the treatment of germs, neurotoxins and heavy metals or other toxins are freed that were stored in the microorganisms (in particular parasites and fungi). Therefore, a good detoxification protocol must be implemented parallel to the antimicrobial program.

The Gut Repair Kit™ and Small Intestine Support™ can help support the gut.  Learn more about healing the gut HERE.


4. Calm Inflammation

In addition to triggering gut inflammation, heavy metal toxicity can trigger inflammation by throwing off the balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid conversion pathways in cellular membranes.  Heavy metals can also oxidize, causing damage to surrounding tissue and promoting inflammation.

Similarly, inflammation occurs when bacteria break apart the cells in our body to get the food they need.  If you interrupt this inflammatory response, you stop the cellular breakdown so the bacteria cannot get any nutrients from the host, in essence taking away the environment that the bacteria need to survive.

Essential oils like Anti Inflammatory™can help calm inflammation.  Learn more about essential oils to calm inflammation HERE.


To learn more about heavy metal detoxification, do not miss the Heavy Metal Summit. Sign up for free today HERE!



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About The Author

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.

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