Spring is Liver and Gallbladder season. This is a great time to support and build their energy. If you are waking up at night, especially between 1 AM and 3 AM, you can benefit from liver support. Perhaps it’s a simple detox with starting the day with lemon water. Or it may be an emotional detox.
Liver and Gallbladder both correspond with anger, resentment, and bitterness. The Liver and Gallbladder organ energies become disrupted by these emotions and an out of balance Liver and Gallbladder give rise to more of these emotions. An unbalanced Liver can also manifest as competitiveness, irritability, sense of hopelessness, harsh inner critic, and challenge with going with the flow. A person with a balanced liver energy has a sense of direction, is organized and can action their plans, as well as being capable of dealing with criticism.
Medicinally, lemons act as an antiseptic – an agent that will prevent infection or putrefaction. …They also assist in cleansing the system of impurities. The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is also a solvent for uric acid and other poisons.Jethro Kloss, Back to Eden
Lemons are also beneficial because of their high Vitamin C content and enzymes. The first one is needed for glutathione production and because since glutathione helps with detox, lemons support liver by helping reduce burdeners on it. Lemon’s enzymes provide a good raw materials store for liver to regenerate.
You can start your morning with a cup of warm water with some lemon juice. Add lemon juice liberally to your food and drink throughout the day. I love adding it to my tea, for example.
“Glutathione is a small protein, made of three amino acids, that acts as a senior antioxidant by reprocessing and utilizing other antioxidants like vitamin c, CoQ10 and alpha lipoic acid.
Glutathione protects the mitochondria by removing the byproducts of energy production in the cell.
It plays key roles in anti-aging processes, antioxidant protection, detoxification, energy production, cell signaling, enzyme function, gene expression and cell differentiation and proliferation.
Essentially, the more glutathione you have, the healthier your cells and mitochondria will be.”
Dr Ameet Aggarwal ND recommends several teas to support our liver and gall bladder. The following are some of the teas and why he recommends them.
- Dandelion root tea to stimulate bile flow (dandelion leaf tea for a kidney tonic and diuretic)
- Peppermint tea supports the liver and gallbladder to release bile for digestion and detoxification
- Chamomile tea calms the nervous system and regulates the vagus nerve. This improves digestion and bile flow by shifting the body into the “rest and digest” state. Chamomile is also anti-inflammatory, which addresses one reason for liver stagnation.
- Cardamon & fennel tea – both are detoxifying. Check out this recipe.
You can find more details on these teas and other tips from Dr Aggarwal when you sign up for the free Liver & Gallbladder Rescue Summit (March 14 – 26 2022). Dr Aggarwal’s e-book, Liver Detoxification with Homeopathy, Herbs, Teas & Emotional Release, is one of many free gifts you receive upon registering for the event. Be sure to download all your gifts right away from the registration confirmation page.
In Dr Aggarwal’s e-book, Liver Detoxification with Homeopathy, Herbs, Teas & Emotional Release, he also recommends several homeopathic remedies to support the liver and gallbladder. A general liver detox remedy is Lycopodium, which addresses bloating and gas. If someone’s been on antibiotics, he points to carbo vegetabilis, which also helps those with liver cirrhosis. To detoxify from alcohol, he offers nux-vomica.
If you are interested in homeopathy, check out this free summit hosted by Dr Anahead Jackson. It is for both the layperson and Homeopathic practitioners. I’ve been following Dr Jackson for a long time on social media and I’m looking forward to this event that runs from March 28 to April 1 2022.
Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil packs is probably one of the most recommended ways to support your liver and gallbladder. Yes, it can get messy; it’s well worth it. If you are familiar with Edgar Cayce, chances are you would have read his recommendations for castor oil packs for variety of conditions, including constipation, gallstones, and even epilepsy. They can be used to improve circulation and elimination, support the lymphatic system, and break up adhesions.
My challenge when first using castor oil packs is the usual recommendation of using heating pads (which have EMF concerns) and a plastic wrap. In my research, I found that heat is not essential, though it can elicit more profound results. If you have an infection or an injury, are bleeding, or have gas, forgo the heat.
Instead of a heating pad, you can use a hot water bottle or pre-heat the oil before soaking your chosen unbleached wool or cotton flannel cloth in it. Be sure it’s not too hot before applying the cloth onto your skin. You can place it directly on the right side of the body, over the liver, from the sternum to either below the navel, to the groin area or the pubic bone. I usually place mine over my entire abdomen. Because the oil will drip down, lay on a towel and prepare accordingly.
It’s nice to do the castor oil pack before bedtime, for a really great sleep. Or you can leave it on overnight – be sure if you’re using a heating pad to make sure it’s turned off. I also like doing mine when I wake up, which makes a relaxing morning. I can then wash off the oil in the shower. It’s up to you – you can use a baking soda-water mix to rinse it off or let the oil soak into the skin. Castor oil has many benefits for the skin
If your schedule is flexible, you can put in a session between 1pm to 3pm, when the liver energy is the weakest, making it a great time to support it.
A castor oil pack session is recommended for one hour to 1 1/2 hours, cycling with three days on and four days off. You may prefer doing the oil pack every other day or some other variation.
What to do with the oil cloth? You can store it in a bag or a glass container. Depending on the climate you live in, you can store out of sunlight or in the fridge. After soaking it the first time, you’ll just need to add a bit more each time. The cloth is good for four to six weeks and if it starts to smell, replace it.
If you are interested in learning more about your liver and gallbladder, be sure to sign up for the free Liver & Gallbladder Summit that’s happening March 14 to 20, 2022.
Organic Castor Oil from Heritage Store. This organic cold-pressed castor oil comes in a glass bottle and is the one I use, along with their organic cotton flannel.
Earthley Wellness has two all-organic formulations for their castor oil – cool for liver support, ovarian cysts, and people who are generally hot/overheated and warm for general inflammation, joint pain, and people who are generally cool/feel cold easily. These oils have great reviews and now come in glass jars! I just ran out of the one from Heritage Store and will be ordering the cool version to support my liver through the spring.
Earthley Wellness also offers an organic cotton heating pad that’s filled with organic flax seeds. You can heat these put in the oven.
The Oil That Heals by William A. McGarey, M.D., (Virginia Beach, VA: A.R.E. Press, 1993)
The Edgar Cayce Handbook for Health Through Drugless Therapy by Harold Reilly and Ruth Hagy Brod, (Virginia Beach, VA: A.R.E. Press, 1975)