How I Navigated my Gallbladder Attack

by Jodi Cohen

“Boiling Anger”

That was the emotion that came bubbling up to the surface during an Emotion Code session.

I was trying to work through and release the underlying emotions that lie at the root of my need to control situations and relationships. I suspected that my struggle to trust others without feeling the need to micro manage or control the situation was rooted in childhood trauma of not being able to count on others.

As I unpacked these emotions, “boiling anger” popped up and refused to be ignored.  “There’s a lot of energy there”, my practitioner commented.

I felt it too, in the form of mild nausea.

The gallbladder is correlated with both anger and symptoms of nausea.  In fact the gallbladder is where bile – a bitter fluid which is correlated with bitterness or anger – is stored and concentrated.

Releasing uncontrolled – or “boiling” – anger from the gallbladder triggered a physical detoxification which sent my gallbladder into overload – presenting not only as nausea, but also a headache, pain in the right shoulder and stomach upset.


Symptoms of Gall Bladder Overwhelm

When the gallbladder is overwhelmed from too many physical or emotional toxins, or your bile is too viscous, it can presents as symptoms like:

  • Nausea
  • Motion Sickness
  • Dry skin and brittle hair
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Light colored stools
  • Inability to digest fatty foods
  • Headaches (especially mild Headache above the eyes)
  • Sciatica-like pains
  • Hormonal imbalances (fat helps synthesize new hormones and eliminate old hormones)
  • Low levels of fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K despite ample supplementation
  • Gas, belching or bloating after meals
  • Greasy, smelly, light-colored and/or floating stools.
  • Gallbladder pain (mid to right upper abdomen)
  • Pain between the shoulder blades
  • Floating stools, diarrhea, and/or greenish stools
  • Hormone imbalances including PMS and menopause symptoms
  • Gas, heartburn and/or nausea after eating
  • Extra weight – when your liver stops processing fat—due to a bile shortage—it begins storing it, often as a persistent roll of fat at your waistline


What Does the Gallbladder Do?

As you may know, the gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ that stores and concentrates bile.  When you eat a meal that contains fat, the gall bladder secretes bile into the small intestine where it helps emulsify the fat for digestion.

Your gall bladder performs many important functions in your body. In addition to supporting digestion, your gallbladder helps support detoxification and your hormonal balance by helping to assimilate fat and fat-soluble vitamins which that are critical building block to many hormones.

Bile also serves as a depository to carry toxins and old hormones out of the body. Ideally, the gall bladder 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 you eliminate the bile, you eliminate the toxins along with it.


How I Navigated My Gallbladder Attack

When your gallbladder is overwhelmed, you can’t clear fats or break down hormones or other metabolic waste products either.  This means that an emotional detox, like my “boiling anger” can push you over the edge.

My first symptom was a headache that was located primarily near the forehead – where the gallbladder meridian lies.

As the night wore on, I also started to grow more and more nauseas and bloated.

It was at this point that I took stock of the compilation of symptoms and realized that all signs pointed to a gallbladder attack.

The moment I recognized the root cause, I knew what tools I could use to unravel it, including a castor oil pack and essential oils.

Castor oil is a fabulous tool to help reduce liver and gallbladder inflammation and soften the tissue in the liver and gallbladder.  It helps to stimulates the liver and unblock stagnant bile and bile ducts, while also opening your bowels  to allow for easier elimination of bile sludge and toxins.


Essential Oils to Support a Gallbladder Attack

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 gallbladder 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. You can read more about how to detox directionality here.  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. The following essential oil blends are especially beneficial:

Gall Bladder™ blend is designed to improve the viscosity of the bile and the health of the gallbladder, allowing better fat digestion and elimination of toxins and old hormones. To support the optimal flow of bile from the Gall Bladder, apply Vibrant Blue Oils Gall Bladder™  on the right side of the body under the bra under-wire or along and slightly under the right rib cage 2 -3 times daily.

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.  This blend is especially helpful if your gallbladder has been removed as supports healthy bile flow.

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.

Additional gallbladder supporting strategies include:

  • Bitters
  • Binders
  • Coffee Enemas
  • Epsom Salt Baths
  • Castor Oil Packs


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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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