I've been practicing Raindrop Technique (RT) since 2001 and it always amazes me how much better I feel and others feel after receiving a treatment. The essential oils used in RT are very powerful, more so than we can ever imagine!
The essential oils used in RT are only Young Living's essential oils. I do not use nor recommend any other essential oils for this technique. If you receive / give RT with oils other than Young Living's, it's not Raindrop Technique.
ANYONE can learn how to perform RT. You do not have to be in the health industry to be able to give a RT session. If you have a desire to assist people in their healing process you can learn this technique.
What is Raindrop Technique (RT)?
RT is an amazing healing technique using nine therapeutic grade essential oils that are dropped like rain drops along your spine from about 6 inches above your body. The essential oils are worked into your back using light strokes and gentle massage. The essential oils are dispersed through your entire body through your nervous system.
The essential oils are also applied along the vita-flex spinal points on your feet. Applying the essential oils on these points on your feet aid in removing toxins released during the RT session.
RT will help to reduce spinal inflammations which can cause pain, illness and vertebral weakness. Studies have validated that RT can help correct spinal curvatures like scoliosis. Check out Dr. David Stewart's book called "A Statistical Validation of Raindrop Technique" to research the validity of RT.
The essential oils used in RT are anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory and easily penetrate your skin. They assist your body in its self healing process on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
RT was developed by Gary Young, CEO and founder of Young Living Essential Oils, due to his extensive research with essential oils and study of certain healing techniques of the Lakota Indians in South Dakota.
What essential oils are used in Raindrop Technique (RT) and what are their healing properties?
Oregano – Properties include; anti-aging, powerful anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory and an immune stimulant. Oregano is helpful for arthritis, rheumatism, respiratory infectious diseases, infections, tuberculosis and digestive problems.
Thyme – Properties include; anti-aging, highly anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-viral. Thyme is helpful for infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease and hepatitis.
Basil – Properties include; powerful anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant. Basil is helpful for migraines, throat / lung infections and insect bites.
Cypress – Properties include; improves circulation and strengthen blood capillaries, anti-infectious, anti-spasmodic and discourages fluid retention. Cypress is helpful for diabetes, circulatory disorders, cancer, and grounding and stabilizing.
Wintergreen – Properties include; anti-coagulant, anti-spasmodic, highly anti-inflammatory, vasodilator, analgesic, anesthetic, reduces blood pressure, and all types of pain. Wintergreen is helpful for arthritis, rheumatism, muscle and nerve pain, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and hepatitis.
Marjoram – Properties include; helps to relieve muscle and joint discomfort, soothes digestive tract, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, vasodilator, lowers blood pressure, promotes intestinal peristalsis (movement,) and expectorant. Marjoram is helpful for arthritis, rheumatism, muscle and nerve pain, headaches, circulatory disorders, respiratory infections, PMS, fungal infections, ringworm, shingles, sores, spasms, and fluid retention.
Aroma Siez (a blend of essential oils) – including basil, marjoram, lavender, peppermint and cypress. Aroma Siez contains a variety of anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxing essential oils that promote circulation and help tie tight, inflamed, aching muscles resulting from injury, fatigue, or stress. Also relieves headaches.
Peppermint – Properties include; anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral, anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, gallbladder and digestive stimulant, pain reliever and appetite suppressant.
Valor (a blend of essential oils) – including essential oils of rosewood, blue tansy, frankincense and spruce. Valor balances energies to instill courage, confidence and self-esteem. It helps the body to self-correct.
In some instances, other essential oils can be used depending on the condition being addressed.
What should I expect during and after a Raindrop Technique (RT) session?
RT is most often performed on a massage table. However, it can be done in a separated position (leaving forward and resting on a pillow) with your back exposed. Usually elderly clients who can not maneuver on a massage table will opt for the seated position.
Your RT practitioner will drop the essential oils (one by one) along your spine and lightly massage them into your back. After the application of the essential oils, a warm towel will be placed over your spine to help drive the oils deep into your body.
People usually feel very relaxed and often enter a meditative state during a session. Your practitioner will make sure the essential oils do not create a burning sensation, but sometimes a warm sensation means that the oils are attacking the bacteria and viruses along your spine.
Your practitioner will also apply the oils to the bottoms of your feet with a reflexology technique called Vita-flex.
A session typically lasts 45 minutes to an hour and the essential oils will continue to work in your body for a week or more following the treatment.
After your RT session you will feel quite peaceful so it's best to take it easy for the rest of the day and drink LOTS of water. Try not to shower off the essential oils for at least 24 hours, if possible.
Who can benefit from receiving a Raindrop Technique (RT) session?
From those who are completely healthy to those suffering with terrible back pain, disease or other health challenges. RT supports your immune system and helps bring your body into energetic and structural balance. RT helps to release toxins and disease, and assists your body in its healing process.
The RT practitioner benefits, as well! You will receive the benefits since you are using your hands to apply the essential oils. The essential oils will penetrate the pores of your hands and work into your body via your circulatory and lymphatic systems.
How can I learn to perform Raindrop Technique (RT) on others?
As a member of Young Living, you have access to the essential oils used in Raindrop Technique. Young Living offers the Raindrop Technique Kit including all 9 essential oils plus an instructional DVD. The instructional DVD is very easy to understand and was made for lay-persons and health professionals alike.
The book "Essential Oils Desk Reference" by Essential Science Publishing, 4th edition, lists detailed instructions on how to perform RT.
The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE) provides workshops on how to learn RT and also other essential oil applications such as Vita-flex, releasing emotional patterns with essential oils, healing oils of the bible and detailed learning on the chemistry of essential oils .
I attended this seminar years ago and found it to be an extremely valuable asset to my natural health lifestyle.
If you intend to offer RT as a service and you're not licensed health professional, please check your state's regulations regarding physical touch on others. Some states require you to be a licensed health professional to perform any touch therapies.
Where can I find a Raindrop Technique (RT) practitioner?
Many spas offer RT. Search the spas near you for those who offer RT. Make sure to ask if they use Young Living's essential oils.
Many massage therapists who do not work in spas also perform RT. If your massage therapist is not a RT practitioner, ask them if they are open to learning RT and lend them the instructional DVD from Young Living. Most LMT's are excited to learn new techniques to expand their practice.
What if I can not find a Raindrop Technique (RT) practitioner?
You can easily give yourself a treatment by applying all of the RT essential oils to the bottoms of your feet. Granted, this is not as relaxing (or thorough) as having someone else properly apply RT on you, but your body will absorb the essential oils through the pores of your feet and you will receive benefits.
Just apply 3 drops of each essential oil (one by one) on the bottoms of your feet and cover your feet with socks.
When I feel myself coming down with a cold or flu, I grab my RT oils and apply them to my feet. This boosts my immunity and I remain healthy. Also, if my back is sore, this technique helps to alleviate my back ache.
While this article is a brief overview of the aspects of Raindrop Technique, I invite you to learn more about it by becoming a member of Young Living and purchasing the Raindrop Technique Kit and using the oils. You will see for yourself the amazing healing benefits of the Raindrop oils.
© 2008 Christa McCourt