We have developed a saying here at HEAL, “When nothing is going right and you feel awful, Do an Elf.” E.L.F. is short for Emergency Liver Flush. Over the years I have discovered the benefit of flushing the liver whenever a body is bogged down or what was working is no longer proving effective.
The logic behind liver flushing is quite simple, as are most powerful truths in this life. Doing an ELF, put simply, is equivalent to changing the bag on your internal vacuum cleaner. Anyone who has ever tried to vacuum a rug when the bag was full has discovered how useless the vacuum is until a fresh bag has been installed. The liver is our internal vacuum cleaner; it is constantly filtering toxins from our blood and tissues.
When the liver is unable, for whatever reason, to move the waste from itself and becomes about 70% toxic it will cease to function efficiently which can lead to problems. One issue I see often is eczema, psoriasis or hives, these are all conditions brought on by a malfunctioning liver. When unable to dump waste and toxins through normal channels (the bowels) the liver will begin removing waste vicariously through the skin. Problems quickly arise because the waste being forced through the skin is too toxic and the skin breaks down very rapidly. Often an acute onset of hives, psoriasis or eczema can be reversed quickly by doing an ELF, followed by a week of good liver flushing. If the condition has been allowed to remain for months or years it will take much longer and a lot more work to clear it from the body.
An excellent time to consider doing an elf would be to clear the lingering symptoms from a flu you had weeks ago that just won’t end. Anytime you are not bouncing back from whatever got you down it will only help to clear the liver, allowing it to filter the waste from your body more effectively.
Anyone who no longer has a gallbladder ought to consider doing an elf at least once a month. Once the gallbladder has been removed the liver has a much harder time removing that thick waxy waste from itself.
How to Do an ELF
The Bowels Must be Open
The only prerequisite for doing a liver flush of any type is that the bowels MUST BE open and eliminating well.
Items you will want to have on hand:
Press & Seal Wrap
Ginger Root for Juicing or Digestive Tonic
Blender or Shaker Glass
8-16 ounces Citrus Juice (I prefer Grapefruit)
8-16 ounces Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Timer or Clock
Towel or Terry Cloth Robe
Heating Pad or Hot Water Bottle
Doing an ELF
The best time to do The ELF aka The Large Liver Flush or The Liver Bomb is between 6pm and 10pm. The liver responds best to the heavy flushing during these hours.
Castor Oil Pack
It is best to prepare the Castor Oil Pack and apply over the Liver before consuming the liver flush drink. To do this:
1) Cut a piece of flannel that will fit over the liver area when folded once. Two layers of Flannel cut to fit from under the breast to the pubic area and from just before the belly button to a little around the side on the right side of the body.
2) Pour 1 to 2 cups Castor Oil into a shallow pan and warm slightly (Very slightly)
3) Add Flannel to soak up warm castor oil
4) Lay press & Seal Wrap on counter sticky side up. You will need a piece large enough to completely cover the flannel
5) Lay the saturated Flannel on the Press & Seal, Pick up The wrap and flannel together and apply to the body over the liver.
6) At this point it is a good idea to have a terry bathrobe to assist in holding pack in place.
Making the Drink
Prepare 1 oz Ginger root juice or 1 tsp digestive tonic & 1 tsp LG\AP in 2oz water
In Blender combine 8 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil with 8 ounces citrus juice. Whiz for a few seconds
1) Knock back the Ginger Root juice or Digestive Tonic Mix
2) Follow immediately drinking the Olive oil citrus mix.
Lay on Right Side
As soon as you are finished downing your drinks find a place to lay down on your right side, (liver down) for 45 minutes. Set the timer and remain on your right side the entire 45 minutes.
Applying Heat to the Pack
When you have finished the 45 minutes place a Heating Pad or Hot water bottle over Castor Oil pack for 45 minutes to an hour. This will drive the Castor Oil into your system to soften up the congestion in the liver.
You are then free to go to bed. Leave the pack over your liver all night long.
Drinking the Detox Tea
If you like while you are warming the Castor oil pack over your liver you may have as much of the Detox Tea as you want. The Detox Tea will help flush the oil through your system as well as prevent any ill effects such as nausea, burping or gas.