What is the Concept behind Feather Stroking?

In the 1980s Gary Young worked with a Lakota elder named Wallace Black Elk. He learned that the Lakota people went to Canada to experience the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis (before there were border crossings and reservations). The Lakota people would raise their hands toward the light and breathe in the energy of the lights for transformational purposes.

Once the Lakota people could no longer cross the border, they created a stroking technique along the spine using a feather that simulated the energy of the Aurora Borealis. And this is the massage technique that was taught to Gary Young and is named feather stroking.

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Raindrop technique is a powerful technique using essential oils that was developed by D. Gary Young in the 1980s. It combines several modalities to bring balance and transformation. It also supports body systems on a physical and emotionally level.

The most amazing thing about Raindrop is that all of my clients measure taller after just one session! Yeah!

What is Raindrop Technique?

This technique involves applying therapeutic grade essential oils to the spine, neck and feet. The session lasts about an hour however the benefits may last up to a week or more.

Benefits of Raindrop Technique?

There are numerous benefits of the Raindrop Technique. Here are just a few:

  • Balance and Re-align the Energy Centers of the Body – The combination of techniques brings electrical and structural alignment to the body. The essential oil blend of Valor helps the body align and is often referred to as "chiropractor in the bottle".

  • Non-Manipulative Technique – No manipulation as in chiropractic is performed. The oils help support the body to come back into harmony by opening energy flow throughout the body.

  • Reduce Stress and Minor Anxiety - Not only can the oils enhance positive emotions such as joy and happiness, but they can also help us release negative emotions that are subconsciously stored on a cellular level. See the section on stress for more information!

  • Aid the Body's Natural Response to Irritation and Injury – Thyme and Oregano support the immune, respiratory, nervous, and other body systems*. They are strong antioxidants.

  • Eases Muscle Discomfort after Exercise – Muscles that are tense and in minor discomfort due to exercise will also benefit. Basil, Wintergreen, Marjoram, Cypress and Peppermint essential oils may reduce tension. See the section on oils for muscles for more information!

  • Support Healthy Immune System – Thyme and Oregano essential oils support a healthy immune system*.

  • Emotional Well Being and Release – Essential oils effect the limbic system where emotions are stored in the "brain's emotional computer".

  • Help Detox the Body Systems – The oils that are high in phenols may cleanse cellular receptor sites and enhance cleansing of the body.

  • And many more!

What Essential Oils are used in the Raindrop Technique?


These are the oils that are used in Raindrop Technique! Click on each oil to learn more about the oil and find out the other benefits of using these fantastic oils.

 

The technique was called Raindrop because it involves dropping certain essential oils onto the spine. It also uses a technique called “finger feathering” to produce electrical stimulation and help bring essential oil benefits into the cells.

Experience pure tranquility as nine essential oils are released like raindrops onto your spine and gently massaged into your back and feet to release toxins. These therapeutic oils work to boost immunity, relieve tension and congestion.

Gary found that combining several holistic techniques, described below, created a synergistic effect for the body. The three modalities that combine to form Raindrop Technique are:

  • Aromatherapy – Raindrop technique uses seven single essential oils, two blends and one essential oil massage blend during the session. It is congruent with the French application of aromatherapy where essential oils are applied NEAT (undiluted) to the body.

  • Vita Flex Technique – Vita Flex was brought to the US in the 1920s by Stanley Burroughs. It is an ancient Tibetan methodology meaning "vitality through the reflexes". Its theory is based on the fact that slight pressure applied to the body creates an electric charge that is therapeutic to the body. This is known as piezoelectric.

  • Feather Stroking - This is similar to a massage term technique called effleurage. But this technique was actually termed by the Native American Indians.

Are there any Side Effects?

Because the Raindrop Technique encourages detoxification of the body, someone may experience some mild side effects. The best advice is to drink plenty of water before and after a session.

It is really on a case by case basis, and depends on so many factors.

Thyme Oil Supports Healthy Immune and 
Digestive Systems!

Thyme Oil is a key oil in the Raindrop Technique. It includes the naturally occurring constituents thymol, para-cymene, and gamma-terpinene.

 

Known since ancient times as a medicinal herb, thyme contains large amounts of thymol. Use to energize mind and bring clarity of direction.

One of my favorite massage oils Ortho Easecontains this oil. It is great to soothe musclesbefore or after exercise!

This section is a fun and easy reference guide for Thyme oil. It will tell you how to use it and whatto use it for. It will also provide you with some fun suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!

As I receive new tips and testimonials for Thyme oil they will be added to the page, so check back frequently!

Want to Purchase Therapeutic Thyme Essential Oil?

Buy Thyme Essential Oil Here!

Thyme Oil

What is the Genus and Species? Thymus vulgaris CT thymol

Why is this information important? There are seven different chemotypes of Thyme and over 300 varieties of thyme!

So this is definitely a plant you need to know a little information when selecting thyme essential oils!

A chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has different chemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant is grown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry.

This is extremely important information. Remember, even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same. 

Thyme Chemotypes-

  • Thymus vulgaris CT thymol – This plant contains 60-70 percent thymol. Harvested in the fall. It has two common names: Thyme and Red Thyme oil.

  • Thymus vulgaris CT linalol – This is considered the most gentle of the chemotypes. Grown in high altitudes. Its common name is Garden Thyme.

  • Thymus vulgaris CT carvacrol – This plant contains 30 percent carvacrol if harvested in the spring. Harvested right after flowering or in the fall, contains 60-80 percent carvacrol.

  • Thymus vulgaris CT thujanol – This plant supports a healthy immune system. It is about 50 percent thujanol regardless of when it is grown. This is only found in the wild. Its common name is Sweet Thyme.

  • Thymus vulgaris CT alpha-terpineol – This plant with its slightly pepper smell, is harvested in the early spring.

  • Thymus vulgaris CT geraniol – This plant with its lemon smell, is harvested in fall and grows at high altitudes.

  • Thymus vulgaris CT 1,8 cineole – This plant has traditionally been used as an insect repellent. It is about 80-90 percent cineole. In interesting fact is that it has most of the same properties as Eucalyptus globules which contains 70-75 percent 1, 8 cineole regardless of when it is grown.

  • Thymus vulgaris CT p-cymene – this plant must be harvested when the plant is budding in the spring or else it is considered a different chemotype, thymol CT. 

  • Thymus vulgaris CT phenol – Plants that are grown further north in the high latitudes are high in phenol compounds (up to 90 percent). Those plants are of this chemotype.

Where is the name derived from? Thyme comes from a Latin word “vulgaris” meaning “common”.

Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!

What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves, stems and flowers

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that Thyme is recorded in Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest Egyptian texts on record ? Ebers Papyrus dates to about 1550 BC

What are the Plant Properties? Antioxidant

What are the Documented Thyme Benefits and Uses? May support healthy immune and digestive systems*. May support healthy hair.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It can be mentally stimulating and helps concentration. Is uplifting especially when fatigued. Strong aromatic scent, herbaceous and medicinal.

What is the Spiritual Influence? I have often read that thyme is used to establish a sense or a feeling of direction for the spirit. This makes sense to me why then the Greek soldiers valued it and wouldn’t battle without it.

Not only did it give them the physical energy to endure, but also the mental and spiritual understanding to follow their destiny and vision even if it was a possible negative outcome.

Therefore, if we are feeling apprehensive, off course or unsure, this oil may emotionally support your needs and direction.

What Chakra is Affected? Heart and solar plexus chakras.

What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Green.

How do I use it?

Use diluted - 20:80 dilution (one part essential oil: four parts of vegetable oil). Then,

  • Apply several drops (2-4) on location

  • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points

  • Diffuse

Interested in Dietary Thyme for Your Culinary Adventures?

Then check out Thyme Vitality Essential Oil!

Can Thyme Oil be used for Pets? Yes, however, use very diluted and with caution. I choose to not use it around the horses because of the skin irritations it can cause unless it is being used in a Raindrop Session. If I do use it, it is usually in a blend where it is diluted.

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus products and oils in particular that are not of therapeutic grade! Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Thyme essential oil is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA.

However, those with high blood pressure should use caution using this oil. Additionally, children under 18 months and pregnant women or women who are breast feeding should NOT use this oil. 

May be an irritant to the skin and mucous membranes.

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that the Sumerians used Thyme over 3,500 years ago?

Want to Purchase Therapeutic Thyme Essential Oil?

Go to the Oil Shop! Buy Thyme Oil Here! 

Tips and Testimonials from an Essential Oil User

Place thyme on the bottom of your feet to support overall wellness*.

Have a Great Experience to Share About this Essential Oil?

Basil Essential Oil
Soothing to Muscles after Work Out
and Clears the Mind!

Basil Essential Oil was used traditionally to ease muscle discomfort after exercise. It's herbaceous scent restores mental alertness, and may also sharpen your sense of smell.

 

Today, did you know that Basil is best known for its Soothing Properties?

Yes, if you have an muscle discomfort following work out or exercise then reach for basil essential oil - it  can smooth muscles especially ones that are tired and fatigued.

 

It is also a key oil in the Raindrop Technique. This technique harmonizes energy in body systems and may also be used for animals, particularly horses.

This section is a fun and easy reference guide for Basil essential oil. It will tell you how to use it and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some fun suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!

As I receive new tips and testimonials for Basil essential oil they will be added to the page, so check back frequently!

Want to Purchase Therapeutic Grade Basil Essential Oil?

Go to the Oil Shop! Buy Basil Oil here!

 

Basil Essential Oil

What is the Genus And Species? Ocimum basilcum CT methyl chavicol

Why is this Information Important? There are seven different chemotypes of basil and over 40 varieties of basil. So this is definitely a plant you need to know a little information when selecting basil essential oils!

A chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has differentchemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant is grown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry.

This is extremely important information. Remember, even though they may share some similar constituents they are not at all the same. 

Basil Chemotypes-

  • Ocimum basilcum CT methyl chavicol – This plant grows in Reunion, Comoro and Egypt. Also known as estagole CT. This basil oil is used in the Raindrop Technique.

  • Ocimum basilcum CT fenchol – This plant contains strong support for healthy nervous system*. Grown in Germany.

  • Ocimum basilcum CT eugenol – This plant has been used traditionally to soothe muscle discomfort. It is grown in Madagascar.

  • Ocimum basilcum CT linol – This plant is supportive and soothing to muscles following exercise.

What is the Origin of the Plant Name? The Greeks referred to basil as "King of Plants"! From this reasoning, basil comes from a Greek word "basileum" meaning "king".

Why is this information so important? Its not, it's just a fun fact!

What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves, stems and flowers

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that Basil is contained in Hildegard’s Physica Book? Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was known as the first herbalist and naturopath of the middle ages. Her book documented her work.

What are the Plant Properties? Relaxant, tonic, and restorative.

What are the Documented Basil Benefits and Uses? Mental alertness and fatigue, flaky scalp, soothe muscles after exercise, occasional sleeplessness, mental stress*. Raindrop Technique.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It can be mentally stimulating and can help one be clear in mind.

Use it to re-energize yourself about a project especially when there is doubt or distrust involved. In this case, it can be particularly uplifting! It has a strong herbaceous scent.

What is the Spiritual Influence? Basil oil introduces us to our inner self.

When we receive clarity about who we are, we are able to make better choicesabout what we want to create in our lives. That stagnant energy becomes transformed into excitement and enthusiasm to follow and accept responsibilities for our own desires.

What Chakra is Affected? The root, sacral and soar plexus chakras are opened.

What is the Corresponding Chakra Color? Yellow-green.

How do I Use it?

Use diluted - 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,

  • Apply several drops (2-4) on location

  • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points

  • Diffuse

Interested in Dietary Basil Oil for Your Culinary Adventures?

Then check out Basil Vitality Essential Oil!

Can this Oil be used for Animals? Yes, however, use very diluted.

Have your animals smell it directly from the bottle or place a drop or two in your palm, then smell. Or place a drop in your palm and pet head to toe.

I choose to use it in a specialty blend, rather than use it alone. The blends I use with basil are generally for stress and focus.

One of my favorite professionally blended oils for focus is Clarity Essential Oil. Great for horses and the riders!

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

I only recommend using Young Living Oils on animals at this time.

What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Basil essential oil has no known contraindications. It is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA.

However, those with epilepsy should avoid using this oil. Additionally, children under 18 months and pregnant women or women who are breast feeding should NOT use this oil. 

May be an irritant to the skin and mucous membranes, therefore dilution may be necessary.

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a healthcare professional prior to use.

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that Italian men would present women with basil sprigs to tell them of their romantic interest?

And Italian women would place basil stems on their clothes to attract possible suitors!

Did you know that the Hindus used it to protect the dead and believed it helped them pass to the other side?

Want to Purchase Therapeutic Grade Basil Essential Oil?

Go to the Oil Shop! Buy Basil Oil here!

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