Diet and Aromatherapy for the liver
There are various natural ways to detoxify and support our liver.
The advantage of using plants is that it will be easier to recognize, and take advantage of them: in short, not to suffer from side effects similar to ones we will experience with conventional pharmaceuticals. Some plants are well known to target the liver, and others less so. For those who do not know how to find good food supplements, let me share my list.
It grows mostly in Hawaii, it looks like a thistle.
It has been used as a liver tonic for more than 100 years, and there are countless hundreds of scientific reports demonstrating its healing properties: hepatic protection, liver regenerator, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. We will benefit from its properties if we are suffering from:
Cholestasis (stagnation of bile)
Fattening of the liver from alcohol or drugs
Simply put, Silybum marianum reduces toxic degeneration of an overly fatty liver.
Recommended intake would be 200 to 400 mg, three times a day in the form of capsules containing dry grass.
Dandelion or Taraxacum officinale has also been used for liver problems for centuries.
The Germans have used it since the 16th century to purify the blood and decongest the liver, the Chinese, Indians and Nepalese have always used it as a liver medicine.
But it also acts as a general tonic, such as laxative, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and a gallbladder tonic.
The dandelion leaves can be eaten fresh, in salad, with lemon and garlic, but also exist in powder form in capsules.
The doses are 500 to 2000 mg per day.
One of the least known amino acids: it’s absorbed by animal proteins, and plays an important role in the proper functioning of the liver by participating in the production of bile acids.
In addition, recent studies have shown the importance of Taurine in detoxifying the body of dangerous substances, such as drugs.
It is more needed when you are vegetarian, epileptic, alcoholic, when you take oral contraception, when you have cortisone, or when you’re undergoing intense stress.
The recommended doses are 200 to 500 mg per day.
For hepatitis B in particular, Phyllanthus is a widely used herb of the Ayurveda pharmacopoeia, and the Chinese will choose Schizandra.
Whatever you choose, do not take herbs more than 7 days in a row.
To support and detoxify your liver in a continuous way and without risk of overdose, it is very easy to choose the right foods.
The most recommended foods for the liver are grated raw carrot and beet, drizzled with lemon juice, Tahitian Noni juice, artichoke, black radish, green tea, lemon and extra virgin olive oil.
You can also choose to live a week of purifying the liver:
Liver detox week
In the morning: drink a cup of hot water with lemon juice; 15 minutes later, drink a glass of vegetable juice: a piece of cucumber, 3 carrots, a beetroot, a celery stalk, a handful of parsley, a small piece of fresh ginger and half a lemon.
An hour later, breakfast according to the principles of the liver diet by having a nice fruit salad (except melon). Take a capsule with a mixture of detoxifying liver herbs.
An hour later, eat two tablespoons of grated beetroot seasoned with lemon and olive oil (prepare this salad for the day).
An hour and a half later, make yourself some peppermint tea.
Half an hour later, eat two tablespoons of raw beetroot salad again
For lunch: Choose mixed salads and non-fat proteins. Take your liver supplements.
An hour and a half later, eat two tablespoons of beetroot salad.
Two hours later, make yourself a glass of vegetable juice with, if possible, spirulina powder added in.
Half an hour later, once again, eat your two tablespoons of beetroot salad.
An hour later, grab a cup of peppermint tea.
An hour later, eat your two tablespoons of beetroot salad.
At dinner: Make yourself a grated carrot salad seasoned with lemon and olive oil, as well as a vegetable broth made with beans, zucchini, celery, parsley, garlic and plenty of filtered water. You can add salt and herbs of your choice, and let simmer for half an hour.
Prepare a main course of your choice, making sure to avoid all dairy products, and alcohol.
Take your liver supplement.
An hour later, have your two tablespoons of beetroot salad.
An hour later, make yourself a herbal tea of chamomile or peppermint.
Make sure you don’t eat anything after 7:30 pm so that your liver doesn’t get overworked and can do its job while you sleep.
Follow this program for seven days.
Aromatherapy is also a great way to regulate, detoxify, stimulate our liver.
Aromatherapy of the liver
If the use of essential oils is foreign to you, familiarize yourself with some rules that will put you on the right path, with the instructions for the use of essential oils.
One of the most known essential oils for digestion in general and the liver in particular is rosemary officinalis.
The list of its physical uses is endless, but to stay on topic, know that it is anti-infectious, choleretic, decongestant and for the regulation of bile production.
That is why it is prescribed in case of migraines, morning sickness, and simple headaches of digestive origin, but considering it stimulates the metabolism of the liver and the action of the gallbladder, it would be a pity to not apply this preventive measure at all.
For application, here’s what I suggest: in a spoonful of extra virgin olive oil, add:
1 drop of rosemary EO
1 drop of sweet basil EO
3 drops of lemon EO
Massage your feet with this oil, especially around the ankle, pressing well with the tips of your fingers (but without insisting on a specific point if you are pregnant).
There is an important point of the liver meridian, used in acupressure (liver 4), on the top of the foot, and there is a good chance that you stimulate it in passing… so, go ahead, and on both feet.
The other essential oil for the liver that I use the most is the immortelle (Helichrysum angustifolium).
It is a little more expensive than average, but it has such a wide variety use, that makes for a good investment.
For the liver, it is anti-congesting and stimulating.
In addition, it regulates the secretions of the pancreas and gallbladder and helps to get rid of toxic products such as drugs and nicotine, so it is advisable to treat the liver of a pregnant woman who smokes …
It also has a long list of applications, but there is one that stands out and that you need to hold on to: it is anti-hematoma.
At the slightest boil, it can be applied directly, or diluted in a little Aloe gel.
It can be used safely to relieve children’s liver, as well as their unexpressed anger.
Treating children’s liver
For children over the age of two:
In one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, add:
1 drop of Immortelle EO
2 drops of mandarin orange (citrus reticulata) EO
You can massage their belly with this mixture, in big circular movements, every day if needed.
In one tablespoon of virgin olive oil, add:
2 drops of immortelle EO
3 drops of lemon EO
For those who are sick, the oil for hepatitis and cirrhosis is peppermint: it restores the liver cells and helps the liver in order to support allopathic treatments.
People who undergo heavy treatments, often have gingivitis, canker sores, and various digestive problems. Of course, you have to give them antifungal treatments, but their liver also needs help.
In their case, peppermint would be highly recommended, may it be for a mouth wash (1 drop in a glass of water), or in abdominal massage with: 1 spoonful of extra virgin olive oil and 5 drops of peppermint.