see also Hepatitis,
There are a host of different liver diseases that damage
the liver in a variety of ways. Inflammation from toxins and
infection is the major factor. Obstructions can develop that
inhibit proper passage or flow of bile and blood. Direct
cellular damage can come from chemicals and minerals as well
as cancerous cells can develop damaging the liver and
threatening life. Acute liver failure (failure that occurs
in less than 48 hours) is rare, the more common failure
happens over months or years and often results in a chronic
condition. While the liver is the only organ in the body
that can easily replace its own cells at some point this
cannot continue. When damage to cells can no longer be
reversed it is termed as cirrhosis of the liver.
The liver besides being the largest organ in the body is
an important gland that does a number of incredible tasks.
It is located strategically close to the heart and the
stomach on the right of the abdomen. It receives blood
directly from the heart through the hepatic artery and also
receives nutrients from the intestines and the spleen
through the portal vein. Its primary function is to filter
the blood but beyond this it produces bile that is then
stored in the gallbladder to be delivered to the duodenum to
aid in digestion. The liver also produces certain proteins,
enzymes, cholesterol and glycogen required for normal body
Alcohol: The most common form of liver
disease in North America is alcoholic hepatitis caused by
the intake of alcohol.
Following are other common causes of liver
disease (much of this was condensed from MedicineNet.com):
Drugs and medications: Among those that
are mentioned are an excessive amounts of acetaminophen
(Tylenol, Panadol), or normal amounts of statin medications
(Lipitor, Crestor, etc) or niacin also used for cholesterol
control can cause liver problems. Many other antibiotic,
autoimmune and cancer drugs produce adverse side effects
involving the liver. Disulfiram (Antabuse) is used to treat
alcoholics and is also mentioned.
Excessive amounts of some herbs and vitamins such as kava
kava, ma-huang, comfrey and vitamin A plus some mushrooms
can damage the liver as well.
Infectious hepatitis (Hepatitis A, B,C, etc) is
discussed separately (see
Other viral and non-viral infections, mononucleosis,
Rocky Mountain spotted fever and valley fever for
example, can cause inflammation of the liver along with
their other symptoms.
Amebic liver abscess is caused by the parasite that
causes amebic dysentery that can be carried from the
intestines to the liver.
Pyogenic liver abscess – a pus filled abscess in the
Other diseases: Many other failure
mechanisms occur. This is a summary list with a very very
NASH or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (fatty liver) – an
accumulation of fat
• Hemachromatosis – an inherited
metabolic disorder with elevated iron
Wilson's disease - an inherited metabolic disorder
associated with copper
Gilbert's disease – a benign condition with abnormal
levels of bilirubin
Cancer – two common forms are hepatocellular carcinoma
Metastatic cancer -secondary cancer of the liver that
begins in another organ
Autoimmune hepatitis – immune cells mistake the liver’s
normal cells and attacks them
Blood flow related:
Budd Chiari syndrome - blood clots form in the hepatic
vein. Causes include polycythemia (abnormallyelevated
red blood cell count), inflammatory bowel disease,
sickle cell disease, and pregnancy.
Congestive heart failure - poor heart function causes
irregular blood blow
Bile flow related:
Gallstones – can obstruct ducts that drain bile from
liver causing inflammation
Sphincter of Oddi – damage/abnormal valve for bile into
Primary biliary cirrhosis and primary sclerosing
cholangitis –scarring of bile ducts Biliary atresia -
blockage in the ducts that carry bile from the liver to
Liver malfunction that cause problems in other parts of
Hepatic encephalopathy: Increased ammonia can cause
confusion, lethargy and coma.
Abnormal bleeding: If the liver is compromised blood
clotting may not be normal
Protein synthesis – Lack of proteins made in the liver
can affect many bodily functions
Portal hypertension: Liver damage can cause spleen
swelling and varices (swollen veins) in the
gastrointestinal tract from the esophagus to the anus
[search helps: cholestasis,
coccidioidomycosis, extrahepatic ductopenia, progressive
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
DDR, GrapefruitC, LemonE,
Essential oils based
products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV),
TerraZyme, Zendorcrine Detoxification Complex
CloveC, Digestive Blend, GeraniumC,
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
see also Hepatitis,
Jaundice for other helpful
As has been noted there are a many root causes for liver
disease and knowing the root cause will help establish a
helpful protocol. Diet and lifestyle can have a great impact
so it is important to not compromise the liver with alcohol,
drugs and pharmaceuticals (see Summary tab above) that are
known to be harmful. Also reduce or eliminate sources of
toxins such as additives to household and personal care
products, insecticides, etc.
In general to cleanse and strengthen the liver the
following have been suggested. Note that most liver
conditions have developed over long periods of time and
rebuilding will take consistent application with patience
over weeks and months.
Cleanse the liver using the Detoxifying Blend Detoxification
Complex tablets daily with 3 - 5 drops of the Detoxifying Blend to liver
Note: The Detoxifying Blend includes Clove, Geranium,
Grapefruit and Rosemary that can be used individually if
Detoxifying Blend is not available.
Topically apply 2 - 5 drops of Myrrh across the back
(about the bra line for ladies) daily.
Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) for balanced nutrition as
Consider these additional helps:
Sufficient hydration with 1 - 2 drops of Grapefruit or
Lemon added to each glass of water.
Periodic Massage Blend Technique will promote homeostatis.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Rachel - I have a
friend who's 14 year old son is losing pigmentation in his
skin. He is very skinny, is growing, but doesn't seem
to get nutrients from his food. She was told by an
energy guy (not sure what that means) that it is her son's
liver. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Experience
with this? I was thinking Detoxifying Blend supplements and
Detoxifying Blend EO.
Amelia - Detoxifying Blend was my first thought
as well. If it were me I would take the supplements as
directed and apply the oil directly over my liver area
2x/day. I would do this for 30 days and reevaluate. If
possible I would also drink 6 drops of Lemon oil in lots of
Sherrie - I would also add LLV and
TerraZyme with every meal to promote the nutritional
DQ – I would also suggest DDR to repair
DNA. Inside and on the skin is what I would do in addition
to Detoxifying Blend and TerraZyme. Detoxifying is great and
crucial but not enough to do the repair work. Perhaps
Cilantro would be beneficial too depending on what kind of
toxins he has or has been/is being exposed to.
Editor's note - The
following is a long discussion but included because of the
helpful insights shared.
Ileen - My doctor
recently ran routine blood tests for me. The results
indicated that the liver function test was "a little high".
The doc wanted to check the LFT again to rule out false
positive results. Another test was run two weeks later, and
the results were still "a little high." I went in again
today, one week later, and they drew 4 vials of blood! The
only medications I am on are 1 aspirin a day, daily
levothyroxine (I have had a total thyroidecatomy in 1977),
and paroxetine (Paxil) which I am currently weaning off
I have been taking the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) Pack supplements for about 1 1/2 years. In
August I did the GX/Probiotic Defense Formula for the third time in a row
trying to combat Candida overgrowth. I did a
spit test this morning and it is still positive--some saliva
remained on top of the water, there were some "legs" and the
rest was on the bottom of the glass. This is an improvement
since the end of July when all the saliva dropped to the
bottom of the glass. In August I also took the
Detoxifying Blend capsules 2 x/day for 30 days. For
about the last month I have been oil pulling morning and
evening with virgin coconut oil with 2 drops of either
oregano or clove oil. I use 1 drop lemongrass
oil night and morning on the bottoms of my feet in hopes of
"fixing" a pinched nerve in my cervical spine, and within
the last week or so I have used Topical Blend (original
formula) on callouses on my feet. AND I have recently
started using Anti-Aging Blend on the bones around my eyes for
cataracts. (Mmmmm.... I didn't realize I was using so many
oils!) Do you see anything listed above that could be
causing problems with the liver?
Ropmel - I have had the same type of
problem as you, but mine started before I used any (...)
products. I am on a low dose of synthroid, and a few other
meds, but nothing that should cause problems with the liver.
Routine blood work showed that my liver functions were
elevated. It is very frustrating! I don't drink alcohol
and I don't take Acetaminophen, (those are the first two
things they ask you). I had an ultrasound that was
inconclusive, so I had a MRI w/dye, and it still showed
nothing. My levels elevated more on some tests, and
remained about the same on others. They decided to do a
biopsy, as a last resort, to try to figure out what was
going on, and that also came out inconclusive! Not even
fatty tissue! A few months back, I was introduced to
(...). I started taking the LLV, and I have done a few GX
and PB cleanses. When I am not doing a cleanse, I take
Detoxifying Blend supplements, and I use Digestive Blend topically every
night. Within 3 months my liver functions dropped
dramatically, almost in half. One is even on the high end
of normal, now. Obviously, I have no scientific data to
prove that (...) supplements and oils have improved my
condition, but they certainly didn't make it worse!
Hopefully things will improve for both of us! Best Wishes!
DQ - If you have cataracts you have
calcification issues. I don't see that you are using
Detoxifying Blend or Lemon oil both of which are great options for
that and your liver.
Ileen - Thank you both for your
comments. I have done several cleanses with GX/PB and a
couple months of Detoxifying Blend capsules (though not recently),
and I have not used the Detoxifying Blend oil yet.
I had planned to do GX/PB monthly to see if that will
clear up the Candida. Is it a good idea to do the
Detoxifying Blend capsules at the same time as the GX? Or should I
do the Detoxifying Blend capsules now and the GX/PB next month?
I've neglected lemon oil lately. I'll get back on that.
DQ - Yes, you can use Detoxifying Blend oil
anytime. I did it daily until the bottle was empty and have
not experienced any liver issues since. I used to get
occasional pain in it. I've had rave reviews from
others about it too.
Heather - Myrrh across the bra strap
area- layers it’s an easy way to treat the liver. The oil
does go past the lungs to the liver where it's wanted.
Grapefruit oil in water. I have seen some issues turned
around with this. Detoxifying Blend oil is also very helpful as is
Lemon in your water. You should be putting grapefruit or
lemon in your water to break down those toxins your pulling
out of your system.
Oregano from my understanding pulls a lot of toxins out
but does not break them down. Using Oregano too often can
cause toxic build up in the liver. It's why it's said not
to use more then 5-7 days consecutively and then give your
self a break. I'd try upping your water intake if it's low
adding lemon or grapefruit to every bit of water you drink.
Detoxifying Blend cleanse and oil are great but Myrrh is my go to
oil for bad liver issues. Does the middle of your back
hurt? That can be pain from the liver. Apply Lemon or
Grapefruit, Detoxifying Blend oil or Myrrh every time it hurts and
it should erase the pain and help heal it up. Your liver is
one of the quickest healing organs.
Ileen - Thank you! Yes, my back does
hurt, right across my shoulder blades. It begins in the
morning as a tired feeling and by about 1:30 pm it hurts so
bad I have to lie down for an hour or more.
Amelia - Wow my
husband has major pain in his mid upper back mainly between
his shoulder blades and nothing seems to help consistently,
but he has been told his liver function is not the best so
it would be worth trying this for his pain. My question is
for the Myrrh application should it be applied on the
person's back between shoulder blades or actually where our
bra straps would be? Thanks for sharing this!
Pat - I would apply it to the painful
area, but I would also use Detoxifying Blend directly over
the liver area.
Heather - To the painful area and the
liver area. Either Myrrh or Detoxifying Blend. Muscle test for
which will work better. I've found the Myrrh works when the
Detoxifying Blend does not for myself and others.
The back breaking feeling at the end of a flu can be from
this as well and a quick rub of Lemon has gotten folks out
of bed. The worse it is the heavier hitting oil you need
for it. My degrees of heavy hitters for the liver rub are
-lowest to highest: Lemon, Grapefruit, Detoxifying Blend, Myrrh.
Detoxifying Blend was developed for the liver and I'm sure
there are likely great results with it.
For water I use 1/2 of body weight in water with the
Grapefruit or Lemon oil added to it. The toxins need to be
flushed out and you can't skip drinking the water and just
rely on the oils for a quick fix. Note also you can apply
oils to the front as well as the back although I like to
concentrate on the back.
Linda - Just a little testimony.. I have
had elevated liver enzymes from a medicine I have to take.
The Detoxifying Blend tablets and oil have lowered my numbers! Yea!
Ileen - I started the Detoxifying Blend
capsules two weeks ago, and within a day or two the pain in
my back began to subside. Yesterday was the first day in
months I haven't needed to lie down in the afternoon because
of back pain. I have also had more energy and can do more.
This looks to me like the Detoxifying Blend capsules are helping,
but the LFT results don't show any improvement.
I saw my doctor again yesterday and my liver function
test is still "a little high". Would all the cleansing I
have been doing put added stress on my liver--perhaps more
die-off/detox than it can manage at one time?
Linda - Detoxifying Blend capsules and
Detoxifying Blend oil, taken each once daily, brought my LFTs down.
It took about 6 weeks. I'd say that you are on the right
tack. I cannot imaging that anything in (...) products is
causing the elevated LFTs. Mine is caused by a life saving
med that I must take. I'm thankful that (...) made
something to counteract that. I would also say that the
increased LFT may indeed be from the detox and it will
probably resolve but I am not a doctor.
DQ - Great to hear you're feeling so
much better after only two weeks! Keep it up. The
problem didn't likely occur overnight and the liver needs
time to regenerate. The liver likes fresh made veggie
juices, lightly steamed veggies, enzymes with all meals,
medicinal mushrooms (Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps are all great
for liver), easy to digest protein (Trimshakes, chia,
quinoa), good quality raw coconut oil and no other oils,
Lemon or Grapefruit essential oils to name a few.
Eggs, particularly the yolks lightly cooked (warmed, not
hard boiled!), if you're not allergic are also very healing.
Just make sure they are organic and from chickens that live
outdoors and don't eat GMO corn. Raw foods without
additional enzymes may be too hard to digest. It's a bit
pricey but MAP is a good product to regenerate with amino
acids. When oils aren't effective I find it is often
due to an amino acid deficiency.
Heather - Yes- if you detoxify too much
too fast without enough water intake to flush it all this
can take a toll on your filter organs. Filter cleaners are
Detoxifying Blend and TerraZyme and don’t take the TerraZyme with
Glad your feeling better. Previous medications and life
issues can be toxic to the liver. Flushing, cleaning
and caring for it should make it happy. If there is
something else going on I can't speak to that, but with a
cleanse of a highly toxic body it does not surprise me that
you are having elevated levels and having pain. The liver
Editor's notes - The following
experiences were shared before (...) introduced the DDR,
GI Cleansing Formula/Probiotic Defense Formula, TerraZyme and Detoxifying Blend products and
Penne - My daughter
just called to ask me which oil(s) would be good for doing a
liver cleanse. I don’t know, and don’t know what the
protocol would be. I would appreciate your guidance!
Jessica – I know I advocate Helichrysum
for everything but in this instance ... it is the oil. I
have stopped Gall Bladder attacks and liver pain in a moment
with good old Helichrysum! By the way...as I am entering a
Naturopathic program, I am asking a lot about cleansing, and
I have adopted a new approach, I think we do too much
cleansing and we need to focus more on nourishing and
Helichrysum fits that bill as well.
Kathy - My experience is that
helichrysum/clove, helichrysum/grapefruit, and rosemary are
all excellent during a cleanse. I would apply any or all of
them topically over the liver 3 times daily. Also, consider
the Burrough’s diet for liver detoxing. Drink lemon and
grapefruit in your water.
Pat - Lemon is a great liver cleanse.
Maybe someone else knows a better one.
Samara - I've heard lemon and peppermint
together are a good liver cleanse.
Penne - Should the oils be administered
topically or in a capsule, or both? If capsule, any idea
how many drops?
Samara - I heard a drop or two of each
just in a little water and drink it.
Skipper - I am new
to EO and to (...) and I had the opportunity to share
about oils today with a patient (I am a dental assistant).
He asked me to help him with a plan to detox and mentioned
his liver. Could someone guide me. Thank you!
John - I use the Burroughs diet for
liver detoxing. I also apply grapefruit and clove topically
to my liver area and drink lots of lemon oil in my water.
JJ - Stan Burroughs is a very good
cleanse 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 gall bladder
stones. You can find these both on the Internet. As for
oils to help supplement your efforts Grapefruit, Lemon,
Clove and Peppermint. Drink and apply topically.