Gallbladder problems are often related to the digestive system. Its well-functioning is important to digest fats better and faster. A healthy digestion translates into comfort and well-being. The best way to achieve these things is by using essential oils for gallbladder.
In this article, you’ll be reading (and learning) about:
- A few fast facts about on gallbladder problems as an intro.
- The effects and properties that make essential oils a good natural remedy for gallbladder problems.
- Some of the best essential oils to use for the health and well-functioning of the gallbladder. With the usual pros and cons to help you decide better.
- How to use these aromatic essences for the best results.
- Therapeutic blend recipes to use on a daily basis or occasionally. They can help you soothe and prevent gallbladder attacks.
- Facts about the gallbladder’s role and function, and tips to prevent more problems or complications. Find out about the symptoms that may signal you have gallbladder problems. Learn what causes these problems and also what other natural remedies to use.
Why and How to Use Essential Oils for Gallbladder, plus Recipes
Taking care of the gallbladder is taking care of the liver, kidneys and pancreas too. In other words, the whole digestive system should be protected. They’re all interconnected.
The role and function of the gallbladder is to store the bile that is produced by the liver. The bile is an acid that helps break down fats from the food we ingest. This acid contains fat and cholesterol and various fluids.
It is a tiny organ situated right under the liver, in the upper-right part of the chest cavity. When you’re eating, this pouch-like organ empties and deflates. It fills right back up with bile when you’re not eating. Bitter and sour foods or beverages can stimulate the production of bile.
Most gallbladder problems happen because of the formation of gallstones. These gallstones form from bile salts and cholesterol. People may have gallstones and not know it for years.
The symptoms can be very misleading though. I will tell you more about them in the last part of the article. Unfortunately, these symptoms may come and go. But if you’ve had gallbladder problems before, you’re more likely to develop new ones.
Gallbladder problems can lead to:
- A bad digestion of fats,
- High cholesterol levels,
- Biliary colic,
- Ascending cholangitis
- And cholecystitis.
Any of the problems I just mentioned can decrease the level of your well-being and comfort. On a long term, they can also lower the quality of life considerably. I will describe some of the major gallbladder-related problems in the last part of the article.
How Can Essential Oils Help with Gallbladder Problems?
Gallstones for instance, can sometimes dissolve on their own. When they don’t, the only way to get rid of them without complications is by surgery. This is the most popular conventional treatment to avoid further gallbladder problems.
If you want to use essential oils for gallstones, you’re in luck. Used on a regular basis, they can help with the digestion and bile production.
Essential oils can also help lowering the cholesterol levels. That leads to the prevention of cholesterol deposits in the bile. Otherwise, they would crystalize into gallstones.
Another conventional treatment relies on antibiotics. The gallbladder becomes inflamed because of gallstones. Where there is inflammation, there can be infection as well.
Cholecystitis is often accompanied by infection. The use of antibiotics in this case, can only prevent the infection from spreading. They don’t cure the problem.
Certain essential oils can be used for gallbladder infections. They have strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, among others.
Aromatic oils are very concentrated plant essences. They may not seem so but a drop of Peppermint oil for instance, is equal to about 20 cups of peppermint tea!
It is very easy to overdose on essential oils because they come in such small bottles and smell very nice. So, remember that they can be harmful and even toxic if used improperly, and on a long term.
Essential oils for gallbladder can:
- Help and tone the liver and the gallbladder.
- Stimulate the production of gastric and bile juices.
- The best ones also have litholytic effects. This means they can dissolve gallstones like they can dissolve uric acid in joints.
- They can also protect and help the pancreas and the small intestine digest.
- You can use them to cleanse the gallbladder and liver, making it easier to function optimally.
- The bile isn’t always properly released. Mostly because of gallstones or inflammation. When that happens, the bile can put pressure and cause you pain. This is often described as a painful gallbladder attack. Luckily, it can be soothed or prevented with the help of essential oils for gallbladder.
Speaking of the best aromatic oils for such a task, let’s see which ones you can use. Read about their pros and cons and decide whether they’re the best for you.
You’ll have to also consider your health, age and other medications when you choose an essential oil. Don’t hesitate to tell your doctor about your intentions and listen to his advice and guidance.
1) Melissa Essential Oil
The scent of Melissa officinalis makes this oil very pleasant to use in diffusion. Besides its scent, Melissa oil is great at relieving stress and anxiety. But we’re interested more in its effects on the digestive system and the gallbladder. And they are not to be ignored!
- Melissa oil can be used for gallbladder because it has litholytic effects. It can therefore help dissolving gallstones.
- The oil also has choleretic properties, which means it can boost the bile production in the liver.
- Melissa can be used to maintain the well-functioning of the stomach and relieve gas.
- It can also protect from intestinal parasites that cause digestive problems.
- Being anti-inflammatory, Melissa oil can soothe inflammation and pain in the gallbladder. It’s great against hot flashes that accompany pain in general.
- The use of Melissa essential oil for gallbladder can also lower the blood pressure.
- The oil is very soothing and sedating, which makes it perfect to soothe gallbladder attacks.
- You should never inhale the oil directly from the bottle. It is highly irritant and it can also burn the sensitive nasal mucus membrane.
- Melissa essential oil should not be used if you suffer from hypothyroidism. It should not be used if under treatment that contains thyroid hormones either.
- The oil should be used by asthmatic people only with medical approval.
Why I like it:
Melissa smells fresh and citrusy, so how can you not like it?! But besides this lovely feature, the oil is mighty useful in almost all situations. It should definitely be included in blends to soothe and prevent gallbladder attacks or gallstones.
2) Rosemary ct. Verbenone Essential Oil
Rosmarinus officinalis verbenoniferum is a bit less popular than classic Rosemary oil. But its content in Verbenone makes it very appreciated in all sorts of digestive blends. Yet, its most impressive feature is still the control it gives over your cholesterol.
- Rosemary ct. Verbenone is great at draining toxins from the liver and gallbladder. The oil is also useful in gallbladder congestion as it can help clear away blockages.
- The oil has impressive effects on dissolving cholesterol (fat). This is important in the prevention and soothing of gallbladder attacks due to gallstones.
- Less cholesterol lowers the blood pressure and prevents cardiac problems too.
- The high content of Verbenone makes the oil of Rosemary lipolytic. While helping to break down cholesterol, it boosts digestion and prevents gallstone formation. At the same time, using this essential oil for gallbladder can clear your arteries from fat deposits too.
- The oil contains alpha pinene, cineole and camphor besides Verbenone. There is a study on a British product that has been found useful at dissolving gallstones. It contains the same molecules as Rosemary does.
- Make sure you read the Latin name of the oil before buying it. There are 2 more different types of Rosemary essential oils (ct. camphor and cineole).
- It can be neurotoxic so use with caution and in small dosages. Avoid direct inhalation as it can irritate and burn the mucous membrane.
- The oil should be avoided if one suffers from hormone-dependent cancer forms.
- People with asthma should also avoid this oil or seek medical approval first.
Why I like it:
The oil of Rosemary (ct. Verbenone) can also help with skin problems. It’s great at soothing and disinfecting on the inside, as well as on the outside. Rosemary can help with colds, respiratory and gallbladder problems, etc. This is what makes it one of the best essential oils for gallbladder.
3) Lemon Essential Oil
Citrus limon is one of the best and most universal essential oils. It can be used to clean around the house, boost energy and alertness levels and help with cellulite. But the thing that puts Lemon among the best essential oils for gallbladder is its lipolytic effect among others.
- Lemon essential oil is especially good at soothing gallbladder attacks.
- The oil is also indicated at relieving liver and pancreas fatigue. That may arise from overeating, stress, lack of sleep, etc.
- Because it’s high in limonene, Lemon oil can also protect from cancer.
- Lemon favors the breakdown of fats, preventing gallstone formation and cardiac problems.
- The oil also improves blood circulation and has strong calming effects.
- Lemon essence boosts bile production and its proper release into the small intestine.
- Lemon oil extracted by cold pressing is phototoxic. This means you can’t go out in the sun for at least 48 hours after applying the oil to your skin. It can cause burns and irritation. The oil extracted by steam distillation is not phototoxic, but it is usually harder to find.
- If you already have gallstones, avoid the use of Lemon essential oil until talking to a doctor.
Why I like it:
I like the fresh scent of Lemon oil and I like the fact that it can be used in skin care also. Its benefits are very important for an acne-prone skin. Besides preventing gallbladder problems, the oil of Lemon can also uplift your spirit! There are many benefits to this essence, which makes it good to have around.
Other good essential oils for gallbladder:
- Scotch Pine
- Lemon Eucalyptus
- Litsea Cubeba
- Lemon Verbena
Test all essential oils for allergic reactions before their first use! Mix a drop of EO with one of carrier and massage it into the soft inside of the forearm. Watch the area for a few good hours. If nothing happens, the oil should be safe to use.
Never apply undiluted essential oils to your skin! Mix them with carrier oils, honey, milk, bath salts, etc. Seek for medical approval in case you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Babies, children and elderly should also use essential oils for gallbladder carefully.
How to Use Essential Oils for Gallbladder
Essential oils should not be used on a long term, regardless of the type they are. Luckily, you have plenty of oils to choose from, so you can rotate them.
If you make a blend, make it in a small quantity to use for 2 – 3 weeks. Change the ingredients for the next blend to ensure their efficiency.
As I said earlier, essential oils should not be applied topically without being diluted. Carriers or vegetable oils are the best means of dilution. In this case, one of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils is by topical application.
You can mix up to 30 drops of EO per Oz carrier oil for the most concentrated blends. But generally speaking, you should begin with a lower concentration.
Apply a moderate amount of a blend on the upper-right area of your chest, where the gallbladder and liver are.
Gallbladder Massage Technique
The best way to apply your blend is in the evening, before bedtime. Massage the liver area with both palms flattened, with clockwise movements.
Use gentle movements all over the stomach. Avoid putting too much pressure in your palms and continue until you feel relaxed. Massage your stomach and gallbladder area with an essential oil blend. Keep at it for three continuous weeks.
Another good way of using essential oils for gallbladder is by diffusion. Diffuse up to 7 drops of essential oils into a large room, for 30 minutes. Repeat every 2 hours or longer. Also, keep a window ajar while diffusing to avoid air saturation. This may lead to nausea or headaches.
You can also soothe gallbladder problems while relaxing in a hot bath. Pour up to 20 drops of EO per cup of Himalayan (pink) or Epsom salt, and add it to a hot bath. Massage the affected area with this mixture and continue with a massage blend afterwards.
I do not recommend internal consumption of essential oils without proper medical guidance. They can be very toxic if taken in a too large a dosage or mishandled.
Essential Oil Blend Recipes for a Top Shape Gallbladder
Now you know how to use these aromatic essences. You can make your own blends by choosing which oils you like or have at hand. Or you can take your inspiration from the following recipes and use them daily, for three weeks.
Massage Blend Recipe to Soothe and Prevent Gallbladder Problems
- Carrier oil: 2 teaspoons
- Rosemary ct. Verbenone essential oil: 4 drops
- Melissa essential oil: 4 drops
Shake this blend well before each use to activate the oil molecules. Apply as recommended above, with massage movements, each evening before bed.
Gallbladder Concentrated Serum
- Lemon essential oil: 10 drops
- Melissa essential oil: 8 drops
- Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 7 drops
- Hemp oil or Olive oil: 1 Oz (30 ml)
All these oils combined can soothe pain and dissolve or prevent gallstones. Apply a moderate amount on the affected area. Massage the blend in 2 times a day. Use up to 8 times a day in case of gallbladder attack.
This serum is meant to deal with gallstones and liver or kidney problems. It can cleanse the gallbladder with their litholytic effect.
Facts about Gallbladder and Tips to Prevent Problems and Complications
The gallbladder is a disposable organ. Many people have it removed to avoid gallstone formation. However, this doesn’t mean it’s not an important organ to have.
Its role plays an important part in the way your body processes fats and assimilates them. Its missing will leave the body functioning a bit slower.
Here are some facts and tips you should know about if you suspect you have gallbladder problems.
- When filled with bile, the gallbladder has the shape of a small pear. It stays full until you start eating when it deflates. That is the moment the muscles contract to release the bile for digestion.
- The symptoms of gallbladder problems are nausea, vomiting, fever/chills and yellow skin. But dark urine, diarrhea, and of course pain can be symptoms too.
- Pain, nausea and fever are the most common symptoms of gallstones.
- The causes of gallbladder problems are obesity and/ or bad diets. Other contributing factors can be fast weight loss, genetics, and even birth control pills. Food allergies, excess calcium, estrogenic foods and stress can also cause these problems.
- You’re more likely to develop gallbladder problems or complications if you’ve had them before.
- Without a gallbladder, the liver will still produce bile and continue digesting fat. Yet, the fat can be a bit harder to breakdown without the already stored bile.
- If you’ve had your gallbladder removed, eat bitter and/or sour foods before the actual meal. That’ll stimulate bile production and ensure a proper digestion.
- Regular exercise can maintain your body toned and use up fat deposits. Maintaining an optimal weight is also recommended.
- Herbal teas like chamomile and peppermint can help cleanse the bile. They can also soothe digestive issues.
- Natural remedies such as essential oils for gallbladder can be very beneficial. Consult your doctor first and make sure there are no interactions or problems before using them.
- Gallstones – form from excess cholesterol. They’re usually harmless, but when they grow bigger, they cause pain, inflammation and nausea.
- Gallstone pancreatitis – it’s an inflammation of the pancreas. It is a serious condition due to the blockage of pancreas ducts by gallstones.
- Cholecystitis – is the gallbladder infection that gallstones cause. When the infection comes back or lasts a long time, surgery is usually what will relieve the pain and fever.
- Gallbladder cancer – Its symptoms are similar to gallstones. Even though rare, you should still go to the doctor to remove all doubts, as soon as possible.
The gallbladder can be perforated or affected even without the presence of stones. The ducts can also be infected and cause discomfort. Any type of gallbladder problem should be treated and tested accordingly.
Aromatherapy has gained a lot of popularity in the past decade. There is also enough evidence to prove the effectiveness of essential oils. They can affect both the body and the mind with their fragrant molecules.
It’s no wonder that many people try this alternative therapy first before spending fortunes on pills or surgery.
Using essential oils for gallbladder is simple and can be very effective, especially if used as a means to prevent. Have you ever tried them before when you had gallbladder problems? Would you do it now?