An olive oil and grapefruit liver cleanse is a homeopathic remedy used to cleanse the gallbladder of gallstones. Known alternatively as a gallbladder cleanse, gallbladder flush or liver flush, the treatment is supposed to break up and clear out gallstones from your system. There is no scientific proof, however, that this remedy works. Talk to your doctor before you try any type of cleanse.
The olive oil and grapefruit liver cleanse involves drinking grapefruit juice and olive oil. The olive oil and grapefruit juice concoction is supposed to work to break up gallstones that are blocking your gallbladder. These disintegrated gallstones are then supposed to be released in your stool. According to Dr. Michael F. Picco, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic, olive oil has laxative properties, but no sound proof exists that olive oil and grapefruit juice provide the effect to rid your body of gallstones.
Performing an olive oil and grapefruit liver cleanse may cause unwanted side effects, including nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, as well as abdominal pain. Some gallbladder cleanses add herbs to the olive oil and grapefruit mixture. These herbs may cause side effects of their own. Before you try this or any other homemade cleanse, research the possible effects of all ingredients they contain and consult with a medical professional.
A substance in grapefruit — D-limonene — may help dissolve gallstones, according to an article published in the “Alternative Medicine Review” in September 2007. According to the article’s author, J. Sun, the D-limonene found in grapefruit oil has properties that work to dissolve cholesterol. Sun says that since gallstones contain cholesterol, the D-limonene in grapefruit oil may be able to break down and help dissolve gallstones. More research is needed to determine whether Sun’s theory holds up to clinical evidence.
If you’re taking birth control pills, do not attempt an olive oil and grapefruit liver cleanse. Combining grapefruit with birth control pills puts you at increased risk for developing gallbladder disease, including gallstones and inflammation of your gallbladder. Combining grapefruit with birth control pills also increases your risk of developing blood clots and liver tumors and suffering a stroke or heart attack. Grapefruit can increase your risk of side effects with other drugs, including calcium channel blockers, statins, antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, so consult your doctor before combining grapefruit with any medications.
1/2 Cup Olive Oil Extra Virgin (The original recipe calls for olive oil, but many people have difficulty swallowing the olive oil without getting nauseous. The important thing is to use an oil to stimulate the gallbladder to contract, so you can use another oil. It is easy for me to swallow unrefined coconut oil, and sometimes I drink one to two tablespoons for quick energy. Try using unrefined coconut oil if you have difficulty swallowing the olive oil.)
3 lemons or 2 small pink grapefruits (I used 3 lemons)(Some people recommend grapefruit juice over lemon because they feel it mixes better with the olive oil. The lemon juice mixed fine to me.)
4 tablespoons Epsom salts (People who can’t tolerate Epsom salt should not do this particular cleanse.)
3 cups water (I used 3 cups of organic apple juice instead)
Purpose of Ingredients
- Apple juice contains malic acid to dissolve the cohesion between gallstones.
- Epsom is used to relax bile ducts to let stones pass easily.
- Olive oil is used the make the gallbladder squeeze itself to push out gallstones.
- Lemon juice or grapefruit juice is used to cut the taste of the olive and to make it easier to swallow.
Choose a day like Saturday for the cleanse, since you will be able to rest the next day. Take no medicines, vitamins or pills that you can do without; they could prevent success. Stop the parasite program and kidney herbs, too, the day before. Eat a no-fat breakfast and lunch such as cooked cereal, fruit, fruit juice, bread and preserves or honey (no butter or milk). This allows the bile to build up and develop pressure in the liver. Higher pressure pushes out more stones.
2:00 PM. Do not eat or drink after 2 o’clock. If you break this rule you could feel quite ill later. Get your Epsom salts ready. Mix 4 tbs. in 3 cups water (I used 3 cups of fresh squeezed apple juice instead)and pour this into a jar. This makes four servings,3/4 cup each. Set the jar in the refrigerator to get ice cold (this is for convenience and taste only).
6:00 PM. Drink one serving 3/4 cup of the ice cold Epsom salts. If you did not prepare this ahead of time, mix 1 tbs. in 3/4 cup water now(I used apple juice). You may add 1/8 tsp. vitamin C powder to improve the taste (I didn’t do this). You may also drink a few mouthfuls of water afterwards or rinse your mouth. Get the olive oil (ozonated, if possible) and grapefruit out to warm up (I used 3 lemons).
8:00 PM. Repeat by drinking another 3/4 cup of Epsom salts.You haven’t eaten since two o’clock, but you won’t feel hungry. Get your bedtime chores done. The timing is critical for success.
9:45 PM. Pour 1/2 cup (measured) olive oil into the pint jar. Add 2 drops HCl to sterilize (I didn’t do this). Wash grapefruit twice in hot water and dry; squeeze by hand into the measuring cup. Remove pulp with fork. You should have at least 1/2 cup, more (up to 3/4 cup) is best. You may use part lemonade (I squeezed 3 lemons). Add this to the olive oil. Also add Black Walnut Tincture (I didn’t add this to the list because I think it is less effective at this stage. The Black Walnut is used to kill parasites. I think it is more effective to do a parasite killing regime before the cleanse.) Close the jar tightly with the lid and shake hard until watery (only fresh grapefruit juice does this).
Now visit the bathroom one or more time, even if it makes you late for your ten o’clock drink. Don’t be more than 15 minutes late. You will get fewer stones.
10:00 PM. Drink the potion you have mixed. Take 4 ornithine capsules with the first sips to make sure you will sleep through the night (I didn’t take them. I also drank the oil lemon juice mixture straight down.) Take 8 if you already suffer from insomnia. Drinking through a large plastic straw helps it go down easier. You may use oil and vinegar salad dressing, or straight honey to chase it down between sips. Have these ready in a tablespoon on the kitchen counter. Take it all to your bedside if you want, but drink it standing up. Get it down within 5 minutes (fifteen minutes for very elderly or weak persons).
‘Lie down immediately. You might fail to get stones out if you don’t. The sooner you lie down the more stones you will get out. Be ready for bed ahead of time. Don’t clean up the kitchen. As soon as the drink is down walk to your bed and lie down flat on your back with your head up high on the pillow. Try to think about what is happening in the liver. Try to keep perfectly still for at least 20 minutes. You may feel a train of stones traveling along the bile ducts like marbles. There is no pain because the bile duct valves are open (thank you Epsom salts!). Go to sleep, you may fail to get stones out if you don’t.
Next morning. Upon awakening take your third dose of Epsom salts. If you have indigestion or nausea wait until it is gone before drinking the Epsom salts. You may go back to bed. Don’t take this potion before 6:00 am.
2 Hours Later. Take your fourth (the last) dose of Epsom salts. You may go back to bed again.
After 2 More Hours you may eat. Start with fruit juice. Half an hour later eat fruit. One hour later you may eat regular food but keep it light. By supper you should feel recovered.