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Do You Want a Raindrop?

December 9, 2019

Growing up in New Jersey, rain is not hard to come by, but now in Southern California, it is rare to see rain. But here in this post, I am not talking about the water that falls from the sky.

From the CARE (The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education) notes, “Raindrop technique is a sequence of anointing with oils and laying on of hands that brings structural and electrical alignment to the body in a relaxing and invigorating manner through the power of essential oils. Most of the Raindrop oils are high in phenolic content to ward off potentially damaging viruses and bacteria while cleansing cellular receptor sites to enhance inter- and intra-cellular communication and improve overall body function.” Raindrop Technique originated in the 1980s from the research of Dr. Gary Young working with a Lakota medicine man named Wallace Black Elk.

The Raindrop Technique is something I did not know about until I began using and understanding the world of essential oils. Sometimes it is referred to as a massage and a similar technique with oils is used in massage locations, but it is really more of a technique that uses a sequence of essential oils for immune supporting properties, as well as enhancing the body’s natural defenses with all body systems working together…think the circulatory, endocrine, respiratory, digestive and nervous systems! We are talking about the whole body here and it’s pretty amazing to think of how the constituents of these oils were so perfectly created to work with our bodies…I could completely nerd out here on the chemistry, but I will spare you for now.

The oils used (need to focus on pure therapeutic grade oils that are safe for skin usage…another post on this at a later time, but I only feel comfortable using Young Living Essential Oils!) are high in antioxidant properties and contain the chemical constituents to prepare the body for detoxing. The same oils are always applied in all versions, though the order may vary from different sources. Through my training at CARE, the order I was taught and use is very specific and well thought out based on the phenols, sesquiterpenes, and monoterpenes present in the specific oils. The individual oils used are:
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Oregano (Origanum compactum)
  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  • Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
  • Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Two blends are also used in the Raindrop Technique, named Valor and AromaSiez.

Valor is a particularly special blend in how it is used throughout for balancing energy and believed to have strong spiritual benefits. The blend originates from ancient times when Roman soldiers would bathe in oils such as frankincense, spruce, rosewood, and blue tansy before going into battle for strength and courage. YL’s Valor blend contains exactly those oils in combination…now you can understand why it’s one of my favorites and I love that it’s such an integral part of the raindrop!

In the raindrop, the focus of the technique is on the spine and back muscles where most oils are dropped from a height of six inches, much like a water droplet falling from the sky, thus the name.

The whole technique takes about an hour, and the detoxing and alignment adjustments are likely to continue for up to a week after.

I focus a great deal on the detoxing properties of the raindrop with my clients, making sure they drink plenty of water before and after. Some advise you to not bathe for 24 hours after as to allow for the continue absorption of the oils, but I am a fan of Epsom salt baths (with a bit of baking soda) to aid with the continued detox process.

After a raindrop, it is common to feel slight disorientation in your state of relaxation bliss, and this is affectionately called being “Raindrop drunk”…it is a beautiful blissful feeling!

Raindrops are currently being offered at my clinic location in Carlsbad or in-home. Contact me to schedule your appointment today! Gift certificates are now available, perfect just in time for the holidays.

About Alli

Alli Carbone, MS, OTR/L, CCYT, is a pediatric occupational therapist that specializes in using yoga for sensory processing skills and education for the whole family.