Illustration by Bruce Blaus
I’ve seen it many times. A person experiences burping, gas or pain after eating fried, fatty foods or dairy. Some people feel bloated while others feel a pain below the rib cage. Sometimes the symptoms are mistaken for a heart attack. Correct identification is important and is best left to medical professionals, but often times the problem is not directly related to the heart or stomach. Instead, the source is a small pear-shaped organ that is located under the liver on the right side of the abdomen. Say hello to your gallbladder.
It’s the job of the gallbladder to store bile until it is needed to digest fats. The gallbladder also drains waste from the liver into the small intestine. When we eat a high fat diet, fried or greasy foods, pasteurized dairy or processed meats, we can overburden our gallbladder and/or liver.
Doctors are quick to offer surgery as the remedy. The problem with that is it does not solve the problem, but puts further burden upon the liver to both store bile and handle its own complicated functions as well. There are other ways to aid the gallbladder that take time and effort, but can save the cost and long-term effects of surgery and continued poor diet and health.
See Napasha Way’s article on the Liver and Gallbladder Meridians for more information.
Essential Oils that aid Gallbladder Health
German Chamomile is a liver balancer and stimulant, known to ease digestion and ulcers. It is strongly anti-inflammatory. It enhances the production and release of bile and helps dissolve stones that form in the gallbladder.
Havozo is a member of the tea tree family. It is strongly anti-viral, is a gallbladder tonic and stimulates the production of bile.
Sweet fennel is a digestive tonic and stimulates the liver and gallbladder to release bile. It improves and calms digestion and relieves gas. It is also helpful to detoxify nicotine, alcohol and drugs from the body.
Lemon essential oil helps detoxify the liver, improves digestion, and moves stagnant fluids.
Ways to use these essential oils: German Chamomile, Havozo, Sweet Fennel and Lemon. Apply 3 drops of any of these oils and place it in 1 teaspoon of cold pressed olive oil and apply to the liver and gallbladder area on the right side of the body. Apply a warm compress for 15 minutes daily until major symptoms are relieved. Then use 1 or 2x weekly or as needed.
Homeopathic drink: Fennel, Havozo and Lemon: mix one drop in one 8 ounce glass of water. May drink several glasses daily. Make sure you are drinking adequate amounts of water (half your weight in ounces per day) so that toxins flush gently from your body and do not burden digestion or kidneys.
Compress: 3 drops lemon, 1 drop galbanum in 1 T Castor Oil. Rub externally onto the liver/gallbladder area and apply a heat compress for 15 minutes every day.
Also, ½ lemon, 1 t organic apple cider vinegar, and 8 ounces distilled water. Drink three glasses daily. Follow the diet recommendation listed below.
Drink Emergen-C or other healthy electrolytes daily.
Unless otherwise prohibited, eat plenty of oranges, lemons and grapefruit.
HERBS FOR GALLBLADDER HEALTH
Dandelion Root, Burplurem, Gentian, Oregon Grape Root, Milk Thistle and Turmeric.
Dr. Christopher’s Liver/Gallbladder Formula.
FOODS THAT PROMOTE A HEALTHY GALLBLADDER
Beets, apples, carrots, ginger, celery, coconut oil, dandelion greens, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, kale, arugula, fish, papaya, red bell peppers, strawberries, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, chicken, trout, salmon, beef, clams, oysters, acai berries, blueberries and pomegranates.
Avoid all hydrogenated fats and oils and avoid rich and spicy foods.
Eat meats and foods free of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and chemicals.
Affirmation for healing the Gallbladder
I love myself. I release any blame I have thought or felt towards others. I forgive them and bless them in their life journey. I release the blame I hold against myself. I forgive myself for mistakes I have made. I choose to use my life from here forward to make good choices that add light, love and joy to my life and help others do the same.