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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Jaundice is a symptom wherein the skin and whites of the eyes turn yellow. A common form of jaundice is infant jaundice but it can occur in adults as well. The reason for the yLiver locationellow coloring is an unbalance in the natural process of red blood cells dying and being eliminated from the body. As part of this process bilirubin is formed which in turn is broken down and removed from the blood stream by the liver and then discarded as bile through the intestinal tract. If too much bilirubin is formed or the liver cannot filter or expel it rapidly enough it builds up in the blood stream causing the jaundiced or yellowing appearance. Therefore jaundice can be because too many red blood cells are dying, the liver is damaged and not able to filter the bilirubin being formed or the bilirubin is not being excreted properly.

Infant jaundice usually occurs because the liver is not fully developed at birth, especially with premature birth. Another cause can be the newborn is not getting enough to drink possibly with breast feeding because the mother’s milk is not in yet or in more rare cases substances in the mother’s breast milk can cause excess bilirubin. Another rare occurrence is Rh factor or blood group incompatibility between mother and baby that is now commonly diagnosed and treated with an injection of Rh immune globulin. Infant jaundice usually appears in the first few days after birth and will clear within the first few weeks.

Other common causes of jaundice at any age include liver problems or problems in the gallbladder or pancreas. Beyond this infections, certain drugs, blood disorders as well as many other conditions can result in this symptom.


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  GeraniumC, LemonEC, RosemaryC

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: CloveE, EucalyptusE, Frankincense, LavenderE, ThymeE

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Suggested protocols:

Babies. Put a drop of selected oil in palm of hand and then gently rub the bottom of the baby's feet.

Children and adults. Oils may be applied to bottoms of feet and also topically over the liver or the liver reflexology points.

(The liver is located in the upper right part of the abdomen, mostly under the ribs and extends part way into the left upper abdomen. The top margin of the right lobe is about 1/2 inch below the right nipple.)

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Jessica - My sister just had her baby last week. Baby Jade was dealing with some elevated bilirubin levels so we started oils quickly. We used Rosemary on her feet and liver, Frankincense as well with another oil that I cannot remember right now. But her jaundice levels were down within 20 hours. Bottom line, essential oils and babies work well together!

Editorial note – Below is an excerpt from a beautiful summary Stephanie shared on child birth. Go to Child Birth for her complete summary.

Stephanie – Geranium and lemon on baby's feet if jaundice at all to help support liver in breaking up bilirubin.


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