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Love Your Liver with Essential Oils

by Rose Morley BFRP, Aromatherapist

With the New Year celebrations out of the way and many people undertaking a “dry January”, it’s a good time to take a look at how essential oils can help your liver to repair itself and stay healthy. There’s never been a better time to love your liver!

Why Your Liver Matters

When our liver works efficiently we notice several benefits:

Energy - you’ll have more energy in your day to day life.

Digestion - you’ll experience less bloating and flatulence.

Toxin elimination - your body will get rid of toxins faster.

Circulation - your blood circulation will improve. This means all your organs will be better oxygenated, your brain will function more efficiently and your skin can start getting rid of all the impurities and dark spots.

How to Use Essential Oils for Your Liver

Essential oils are concentrated and powerful, reaching reach the blood stream through being applied to the skin. In most cases, it is important to first dilute them with a carrier oil (for example; olive oil or avocado oil). When applying a blend of oils specifically beneficial to the liver, you will be massaging the stomach area and the area under the rib cage, where the liver sits. On reaching the blood stream, the essential oils will pass through the liver, where they will eventually be eliminated, but not before they have done some good!

Here is a list of the most effective essential oils for the liver:

Fennel essential oil

Fennel is good for the spleen and the digestive tract, helping the liver produce more bile and speeding up slow digestion, thus clearing the bowels as well.

German Chamomile essential oil

German Chamomile is a bit different than Roman Chamomile. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and it acts as a great stomach and liver tonic.

It is cholagogue – meaning it promotes an easy flow of bile from the liver into the stomach. That in turn means a good digestion.

Ginger essential oil

Ginger essential oil is one of the best essential oils for liver health. One study even shows that Ginger essential oil can improve symptoms of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). It can also give relief from stomach pain, flatulence and other bowel problems

Juniper essential oil

This oil has a natural ability to stimulate all the vital processes within the body. Juniper is a great essential oil for liver health because it can ensure the proper flow of bile into the stomach. It can also tone up the liver and the skin, among other organs. It is thought to also help with kidney stones.

Lemon essential oil

Lemon essential oil is excellent for strengthening the immune system. Very high in vitamins and antioxidants, it’s another one of the best essential oils for liver health and beautiful skin. It can also help with stomach problems and weight loss.

Peppermint essential oil

Peppermint essential oil is one of the best essential oils for liver health. It strengthens the immune system and the blood circulation. It is also good against indigestion, gas, nausea and constipation. All these beneficial effects on the internal organs will also reflect on the skin. 

Rosemary essential oil

Rosemary oil has powerful regenerative qualities and can also stimulate the metabolism. It is good for the circulation and it helps with the elimination of toxins.

We stock a wide range of essential oils in our Bristo Place shop and also online here.

NB: Below is a list of essential oils and tinctures that are NOT recommended for liver health. They can cause hepatotoxicity, meaning they can actually cause liver damage.

  • Boldo
  • Calamus
  • Camphor
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Horseradish
  • Mugwort
  • Mustard
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rue
  • Sassafras
  • Savin
  • Tansy
  • Thuja
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormseed
  • Wormwood



Dee Atkinson MNIMH

Dee is one of the UK's top herbalists and owns and runs D. Atkinson Herbalist in Edinburgh - a herbal dispensary and shop which provide a wide range of herbal medicines, vitamins, supplements, herbal skincare as well as a herbal dispensary. Next door is Napiers Clinic.

Dee qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1988 and took over Napiers the Herbalists in 1990, building it up into one of the UKs most respected and trusted Complementary Medicine Clinics.

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