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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also Gall Bladder InflammationGallstones

Gallstones form in the gall bladder or the ducts from the gall bladder. These are hard deposits that vary in size from miniscule to as large as a golf ball. There are two types of gallstones, those deposits composed of cholesterol (nothing to do with cholesterol in the blood stream) and those composed of bilirubin.  The former are more common and the latter is a normal waste product of the breakdown of blood cells in the liver.

The gallbladder itself is under the liver and is located on the front right side just below the rib cage. The liver, gall bladder and pancreas help in the digestive process by producing and storing bile and digestive enzymes. Bile assists in digesting fats and high cholesterol foods. It is produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder from where it is injected into the small intestines through the common bile duct as needed.

Many times the gallstones can go undetected. If the do travel to the cystic duct or the common bile duct there can be cramping pain in the middle to right upper abdomen. If the stone passes into the small intestine the pain will go away. Gallstones are more common among women, those over 40, Native Americans and Hispanics.  The University of Maryland reports that the risk of gallstones increases with the number of children a woman has given birth to but this increased risk is offset by breastfeeding. Also that women who use hormone replacement therapy are at higher risk as are those who have had rapid weight loss followed by weight gain.


[search helps: Choledocholithiasis, Cholelithiasis; Gallbladder attack; Biliary colic; Gallstone attack; Biliary calculus]

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Digestive Blend, LemonE, RosemaryEC

Essential oils based products: Detoxifying BlendC

Also consider: GeraniumC, GrapefruitC, LavenderE, LimeC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

Some suggest success with Detoxifying Blend. Other protocols follow:

To eliminate gallstones:

  Prepare the following mixture:

  2 tablespoons olive oil

  2 drops Lemon essential oil

  1/2 squeezed lemon

  Warm olive oil and lemon juice before adding Lemon essential oil

  Drink this mixture every 20 minutes for 4 hours before retiring to bed. (Some recommend drinking with a sports straw deep in the mouth so the distasteful olive oil bypasses the taste buds.)

  Then when going to bed, curl up on right side (liver is on right side of body - gallbladder is pressed against the visceral surface of the right lobe of the liver). Gallstones may be seen floating in toilet after urinating the following morning.

For pain relief:

  Apply 1 tablespoon castor oil with 3 - 5 drops Digestive Blend on gallbladder area of abdomen (right side just under rib cage). Cover with dry wash cloth and heating pad.

  Or ... add 2 drops Lavender to water bottle, shake and sip consistently.

To help prevent gallstones from forming if you are prone:

  Add 1-2 drops Lemon to drinking water during the day. 6 - 8 glasses a day is recommended.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Suzanne H - What oils can be used for Gall Bladder attack?

Pat - I have attached a couple of protocols regarding gall bladder.

 #1 – Acute gall bladder pain

Take every 20 min, 4 hours before bedtime:

• Warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil w/2 drops (xxx) Lemon essential oil

• Half a lemon

For a more gentle approach (coconut oil is much more palatable, but is not as quick as olive oil), take every 30 min, 6 hours before bedtime:

• Warm 2 tablespoons of warm virgin coconut oil w/2 drops (xxx) Lemon essential oil

• Half a lemon

When you go to bed, lay on you right side. You will likely expel several stones sometime at night.

For immediate pain relief: Some have found relief adding 2 drops of Lavender to 12-18 oz of water in a water bottle.   Sip consistently, shaking well before each sip.

If you are prone to gall bladder attacks, on and off over time, always add a drop of lemon essential to your water.   It will help prevent attacks. Lemon oil dissolves gall stones over time and helps prevents their formation..

#2 – Gallstones by Elaine - Natural remedy for gallstones:

    1/2 C virgin/cold pressed olive oil mixed with 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon juice (probably (...)'s lemon would also be good, but haven't tried it yet).

    Drink it down immediately before getting into bed at night. Use a straw if you don't want to coat your whole mouth with oil! Curl up on your right side (liver is on right side of body - gallbladder is pressed against the visceral surface of the right lobe of the liver). In the morning you will see gallstones floating in the toilet!

     I've used this process for years and recommended it to my clients (I'm a Life Skills and Energy Wellness Coach & massage therapist). They've been able to cancel their GB surgery because they've passed their stones and the pain so easily.

RWS - Definitely do the olive oil and lemon juice cleanse. To make the mixture more palatable shake vigorously then drink through a straw.

I discovered (...) thanks to a gallbladder not functioning. I muscle tested for 10 drops Thyme, 5 drops Ylang Ylang twice per day in capsule. After two days I was much better. After two weeks felt better than I had in months.

For pain relief, apply a tablespoon of castor oil over the gallbladder then several drops Digestive Blend over that. Cover with a cotton cloth/hand towel and heating pad over that. You will feel much better.

JRW - I tried the protocol by Elaine Monday night and only got rid of one stone (I think) I haven't tried the other two yet. I have between 6-12 stones possibly more. I didn't have any lemon juice so I just put 2-5 drops of lemon oil in 1/2 cup water and then to help it go down better I sipped a little bit of apple juice in between gulps cause the olive oil is DISGUSTING!

Also this is what a friend recommended to me to use:

     Over the Gallbladder in layers or blend (I'm currently using these in a blend and not sure if it's as effective as doing them one by one in layers, but I'll give it a few more days/weeks to see)  You'll want to dilute it as it can cause skin irritation. I apply to my back side and front.

Grapefruit (I really like this one seems to calm things down after a bit)




Clary Sage


     Under Tongue:



I haven't been using the Peppermint because I am breastfeeding. I just use 2 drops of each oils under the tongue.  For the blend, I did 20 drops of each oil. I just started using these oils and feel I need to keep using them for quite some time to really see if they help, but I feel like they are.

Brenda - I have used the methods described above and the olive oil was the easiest and most effective for me. In addition to the olive oil concoction, I fasted for 4 days, drinking fresh juice and water only. The idea is to give your body some rest; also when you then drink the olive oil it causes your gall bladder to react, which in turn forces the stones out. Yes, it tastes pretty nasty, but it is better than surgery! If you place the end of a big sports straw at the back of your mouth you will bypass the taste buds and it makes it more tolerable. In addition to the protocol, I was instructed to drink a bottle of magnesium citrate the next morning and stay close to home. By noon I was able to eat a light vegetable soup, and I felt great! My chiropractor guided me with this at least 20 years ago. I have done it at least 15-20 times over the years, and guess what? I still have my gall bladder!


Loryjean - My niece has been diagnosed with gallstones; some in her bile duct. I could find Lavender and Rosemary recommended; does anyone know of anything else, or a specific protocol I could suggest?

Brooke - I don't know exactly what would help with the "stones' per se but I know that lecithin and Lemon work really well to help the gallbladder.  My mom takes 3 -120mg capsules of lecithin every morning and night, and puts Lemon essential oil in her water all day long.  

Chris - I was diagnosed with gallstones years ago and chose not to have my gallbladder removed.  One thing that is so very important is to stay away from any type of fried foods. Hope that will help some.   

Maria - Have her put Lemon in her drinking water and use the Protective Blend and Digestive Blend internally in capsules. My family has often used "Dr. Hulda's Gallbladder Cleanse" and I've passed numerous gallstones myself using this cleanse. You can Google this and it will pull up the protocol.  I prefer the Grapefruit juice over the Lemon juice.

JJ - Stan Burroughs is a very good cleans. I use it every 6 months whether I have symptoms or not.  Dr. Hulda's is more aggressive if you are severely suffering from liver problems or kidney and gallbladder stones.  You can find these both on the Internet.  As for oils to help supplement your efforts, I agree with others that  Grapefruit, Lemon, Clove, and Peppermint help.  Drink and apply topically.

Shay - My friend is pregnant and just found out she has gallstones. What oils would be safe during pregnancy and get rid of gallstones, and how would she take them?    

Lil - A few drops of Protective Blend will kill the pain, stop the diarrhea, and keep the nausea if she has it. I'm speaking from first person here; I've been there and done that. A few drops in a glass of water when there is pain (or directly under the tongue if she can). Otherwise, I would not worry about the stones until after the baby is born. Then I would do a cleanse with pure apple juice, water, Lemon juice, and olive oil. Then, no more stones. Also in the meantime, I would always add Lemon oil in my water every day. I would not be surprised if all the stones were gone by the time the baby arrives.

Blessings to your friend, her precious unborn child, and YOU for caring and serving others!

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