Essential Oil Therapy/Raindrop Technique

Raindrop Therapy

An essential oil massage technique based on Lakota Native healing, Raindrop Therapy is the application of powerful antibacterial, antiviral oils along the spine. Raindrop has helped bring relief to chronic pain sufferers and has been known to cause visible improvement in scoliosis.
This technique uses a sequence of highly antimicrobial essential oils designed to simultaneously reduce inflammation and kill the viral agents responsible for it. Although the entire process lasts approximately 1 hour, the oils will continue to work in the body for 5 to 7 days following treatment, with continued realignment taking place during this time. We recommend that you don’t shower until the following day to get maximum benefit.
9 essential oils are used in raindrop: 7 single oils and 2 therapeutic blends. A person receiving raindrop lays facedown as oils are dropped up their back from a height of 6-12 inches. The oils are gently massaged in with the Lakota “feathering” motion. After the essential oils have been applied, a towel soaked in hot water is applied to the back to drive the oils further into the body.
Vitaflex, a foot reflexology technique, is used to apply the same oils to the spine reflexology points at the beginning of the raindrop.

The usual Raindrop oils are:

• Valor – a blend that integrates the body’s energies and can help align the spine and muscles of the back
• Oregano*
• Thyme*
• Basil*
• Wintergreen (originally birch, when pure birch oil was available)
• Cypress
• Marjoram
• Peppermint
• Aroma Siez – a blend that helps ease cramping and muscle soreness/pain

The Power of the Oils

Raindrop requires almost no knowledge of, or skill in, massage. Most of the efficacy of the technique is due to the oils. In fact, practitioners are discouraged from using other techniques at the same time as raindrop. It is the profound natural “intelligence” of the oils which can heal where healing is needed.
The oils used in raindrop flush out toxins and kill dormant viruses and bacteria along the spine, restoring health to the entire system.

Raindrop Cautions

1. Raindrop technique was designed to optimize the power of real healing oils. Raindrop is only safe, and should only be performed, with the highest quality, pure, organic, therapeutic-grade oils.
2. Several of the oils used in raindrop*, including oregano, thyme and basil, are considered hot oils. These oils can cause skin irritation. Use sparingly, particularly on sensitive skin.
3. Keep a bottle of pure, natural massage oil base handy. If any of the hot oils* cause irritation, which is perfectly normal, simply apply massage oil liberally to soothe the heat.
4. Raindrop has been effective in bringing relief and healing to those suffering from chronic or “terminal” illness. However, changes to the protocol are sometimes necessary. Patients with MS, for instance, need to have a cold towel applied instead of a hot towel.
5. Both patient and therapist should drink plenty of water before and after a raindrop session. Therapeutic grade oils naturally stimulate the body to begin releasing toxins.
Aromatherapy licensing boards, including the U.S. National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), have been reluctant to accept raindrop. They believe that direct application of essential oils on the body can cause toxic reactions. (This paradigm appears to originate in tandem with the use of cheaper, perfume-grade oils.
There is no evidence to suggest that raindrop technique, done with high quality oils, is dangerous, and a great deal to suggest that it heals. Raindrop clients as well as several medical doctors have publicized their positive experiences with raindrop technique, yet raindrop continues to be a source of contention between different schools of aromatherapy within North America.