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Kidney disease

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


see also Kidney Stones and Urinary Tract Infections

The kidneys are the vital organs that regulate the composition of the blood as it is circulated throughout the body. With a series of complex microscopic mechanisms it maintains the volume of blood and water in the body, helps maintain the ph level and Kidneysvarious ions in the blood, and removes the waste through the ureters to the bladder. Each person has two kidneys located just below the rib cage on each side of the back.  Blood is pumped from the heart to the kidneys where it is filtered through thousands of microscopic filtering units, known as the glomerulus (part of the nephron), that remove waste such as urea, uric acid, and creatine.  As the kidneys maintain homeostatis in the body they also remove sulfate and phenol waste along with excess chloride, potassium, and sodium ions.  These, along with excess water are filtered out and diverted to the ureter tubes and on to the bladder for expulsion as urine. 

If the kidneys are not functioning correctly serious problems may occur since they remove toxins and maintain the quality of the blood.  Failure of the kidneys (called renal failure) can happen in a number of ways and can come from many sources.  Many conditions are slow developing such that years can go by without noticeable symptoms. With severe problems one kidney can be removed and the remaining kidney can maintain a good quality of life.  If both kidneys have deteriorated then another extreme measure is periodic dialysis wherein an external device cleanses the blood.

Injury or bruising can affect the function of the kidneys and beyond this there are three general classes of problems that can occur, obstructions, infections, and glomerular diseases.  The latter being damage to the basic filtering unit within the kidney.

Obstructions.  The most common type of obstruction is kidney stones (see separate page on kidney stones) but tumors and other situations can impair kidney functions.

Infections.  An infection anywhere in the urinary tract (see UTI) is uncomfortable but if it is in the kidneys, know as pyelonephritis, it becomes serious.  Such an infection can spread from the urethra or bladder if untreated or can come from other infections elsewhere in the body through the bloodstream.

Glomerular diseases.  In these diseases the microscopic filtering units in the kidneys become damaged and unable to properly filter the blood.  The results may be swelling in some body tissue as excess water is not filtered from the blood (edema in the lower legs, puffy eyes, swelling in stomach area).  Or, as the nephrons become inflamed it can lead to protein or blood in the urine.  Blood in the urine can appear as blood or turn the urine a brown color.  These kidney condition can be hereditary or tied to other conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.  Another source can be infections that go to the kidneys and may also attack the nephrons causing inflammation and show these symptoms.  They may also be associated with some autoimmune disorders such as Goodpasture’s syndrome or lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE) where the body mistakenly attacks itself and destroys tissue in the kidney.


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Massage Blend, Clary SageC, Geranium, GrapefruitC, Lemon and other citrus oils, LemongrassC, Detoxifying BlendC

Essential oils based products: Massage Blend technique, Grounding Blend, Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV), Detoxifying Blend Detoxification Complex

Also consider:

Suggested protocols:

Kidney Infections:  see Urinary Tract Infections

Kidney stones:  see Kidney Stones

Other: A variety of root causes such as infection, tumors, autoimmune can cause damage to kidney tissue (nephrons).  Therefore it is wise to understand the root cause.  Other pages describe essential oils for infections, cancerous tumors, and autoimmune diseases.

Also consider:

  Keeping the body fully hydrate is most often mentioned to minimize kidney problems.  A minimum of 6 - 8 glasses of water per day.  Many like to add 1 or 2 drops of Lemon essential oil to each glass of water.

  Detoxifying Blend Detoxification Complex, is a combination of whole food extracts to provide support for the body's cleansing organs including the kidneys and is taken with Detoxifying Blend.  This and other cleanses should be considered.

  Nutritional balance and promoting homeostasis will give the body systems the full support to correct problems.  The Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) coupled with periodic Massage Blend technique massages should be included.

  Clary Sage, Lemongrass and other oils (Massage Blend, Geranium, Grapefruit) are mentioned for their help with kidney functions along with the blend Grounding Blend for its "balancing and calming" benefits. Topically applied to kidney area, layered if multiple oils are used, followed with a warm compress.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Tanya -. A friend’s sister donated a kidney to her husband. She wants to know if there are any precautions with oils for people with a history of kidney issues, or with compromised kidneys?

Pat - There are a number of protocols for kidney failure and kidney infection, also kidney stones. If you are looking to keep the kidneys healthy, start the LLV. The oils that seem to help with healthy kidney function are:

Clary Sage

Massage Blend



Grounding Blend

They can be applied individually or if there seems to be problems you can layer any or all of the above oils, followed by a hot moist compress over the kidney area.


Michelle - I need to know what oils you would suggest for this situation.  My neighbor's husband had a kidney transplant about 15 to 20 years ago. He was doing fine until he got bladder cancer.  The chemo damaged the kidney, so now the cancer they think is mostly gone, but his kidney has failed so he is on dialysis.  I was going to start him on the cancer protocol, but one of the things it calls for is the Wild Orange and he can't even eat an orange.  He has to avoid all foods with phosphorus and potassium.  Does anyone know if the oils like the Wild Orange contain the potassium and such that the actual orange does? They want to treat his cancer with a form of TB that they inject directly into the bladder which I guess kills the cancer cells, but I would really like to see him get on the cancer protocol and the wellness pack.  I just need to make sure it doesn't have anything that would cause problems with his dialysis.  Please let me know if you have any ideas that may help.  

Tamalu - A good rule of thumb is: if it creates more anxiety than peace, try something else. The body heals best when there is peace. Leave out the Wild Orange and use Lemon and the other anti-tumoral oils. This would be any of the citrus oils, or others such as Cinnamon, Clove, Lavender, Thyme, White Fir, or Lemongrass.

Pat - The testing that has been done with Frankincense has proven to kill cancer cells in bladder cancer. So getting him on the cancer protocol is vital. These oils will also help his kidneys, hopefully. See if you can get him on the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) Pack. My friend who had prostate cancer and renal failure is back in great health now, after only four months on the protocol.


Adrianne - Anyone heard of medullar kidney disease.  My sister in law is suffering from kidney stones and reoccurent kidney infections because of it.  She is always in pain and always on antibiotics for the infections.  What oils could help her prevent kidney infections and the pain in the kidney area?

Sharon - Chanca piedra is second to none for getting rid of this.  It's an herb.

Shannon - They thought I had medullar kidney disease Turned out to be a very high uric acid output. Lemon and Grapefruit oils have been very helpful for me.


Fred - My name is Fred and my buddy gave me his kidney, when I needed a donator.   The doctors say that I'll be on medication for the rest of my life, because of the risks that my body will consider it a foreign object and then reject it.   Is there anything that could help with this, to reduce the medication or come off of it completely so that I may eat Grapefruit again?

Pat - I would suggest that you go on the probiotic Probiotic Defense Formula. It is an incredible way to build your immune system. Also a protocol of oils that you would use daily to build your immune system and strengthen your whole body (such as the Massage Blend technique).

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