Aromatherapy essential oils for the kidneys

Aromatherapy A-Z: Kidneys

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that are located on either side of the spine, towards the back of the body. They are protected by the lower ribs.

In a physical sense the kidneys are involved in the vital processes of cleansing and filtering toxic waste substances out of the blood stream and excreting them into the urine, for disposal. (Interesting fact: Did you know that the balance of excreted residues in urine is perfect plant food when diluted 3 to 1?).

In addition to removing waste our kidneys also help regulate our blood pressure, by controlling the amount of water that is extracted from the blood stream. They are also involved in the production of red blood cells - excreting a hormone called “EPO” (Erythropoietin) which stimulates the bone marrow to produce the correct amount of red blood cells. The kidneys also release the active form of vitamin D, which helps maintain calcium for bones and for normal chemical balance in the body.

According to Oriental “5 element” Medicine – one of the most ancient and comprehensive medical practices – kidneys are associated with the water element – and the emotions of stress, fear and apprehension. They are also considered to be the place of residence for our will (Zhi). If emotional imbalance relates to feelings orientated around disproportionate fear – treatment, using herbs, oils and acupuncture, will be focused on re-enforcing kidney “Chi” (Energy).

Essential oils that can be beneficial for the kidneys

Essential oils that have a particular affinity with the kidneys include:

  • Diuretic oils to increase flow of urine (helpful for oedema, water retention, removing toxic waste) such as: Fennel, Cypress and Rosemary
  • Antiseptic oils (helpful for kidney infections, urinary tract infections, cystitis): Sandalwood, Juniper, Geranium, Cypress, Cedarwood and Chamomile
  • Calming confidence boosting oils: Chamomile, Thyme, Juniper, Cypress

Essential oil blends to support the kidneys

Detoxifying massage blend

For those who have been highly stressed, prone to water retention and cellulite, fear and worry. Try 30ml Sweet Almond Oil, 2 drops Thyme, 5 Juniper and 5 Cypress. Also increase exercise, water, and fresh green vegetables.

Bath blend for those prone to cystitis

Mix 1 cup Dead Sea Salt, 4 drops Sandalwood, 4 Bergamot and 4 Juniper. Also drink chamomile tea in the evening, keep caffeine, sugar, and stimulants to a minimum. Take BioCare Bio-Acidophilus regularly to re-populate healthy intestinal flora balance. Urinary tract infections including cystitis should never be neglected as they can lead to serious kidney infections.

Diffuser blend for fear (of a known origin)

Vaporise 4 drops Frankincense, Thyme and Juniper. Take Bach Flower Remedy 'Mimulus' regularly for 1 week. If it’s a consistent state consider Hypnotherapy or Thought Field Therapy!

Important safety advice

Once essential oils enter the bloodstream, they can have a profound effect on the kidneys, as our blood passes through the kidneys twice every hour. Care should therefore be taken to ensure that we do not overload the kidneys and cause damage. Essential oils should NOT be taken internally, and you should always adhere to safe quantities and methods of application. Do not attempt to treat kidney infections with aromatherapy alone. Please see your GP if you have any type of kidney ailment. Aromatherapy may be used for initial first-aid prior to seeing a doctor, and in conjunction with conventional medicine to strengthen the kidneys and aid recovery, if approved by your healthcare provider.

Joannah Metcalfe
Consultant Aromatherapist

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