understanding therapeutic grade essential oils and their benefits

Raindrop Therapy for your horses??

Well, first of all, you might be wondering what is Raindrop?  Raindrop is a form of massage therapy using certain pure therapeutic grade essential oils dripped onto the spine.  It was originally developed in the 1980s by D. Gary Young, founder of Young Living Essential Oils.  Properly distilled, essential oils may have a variety of therapeutic  benefits, and any given oil may be useful for many different things. The molecules are easily absorbed through the skin into the system, so only a couple drops will go a very long  ways .  The original Raindrop Technique calls for 9 specific oils:

• Valor Essential Oil Blend – this is a special blend of Young Living containing Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum), Frankincense (Boswelia carteri), and Spruce (Picea mariana)  in a base of Almond oil. It may help support balancing the systems of the body.
• Thyme Essential Oil (Thymus vulgarus) is from the mint family, originating in the Mediterranean area. It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, the Ebers Papyrus, which dates to the 16th century BC and contains an ancient Egyptian list o 877 prescription recipes. Thyme may help be soothing for fatigue and exhaustion, and due to its most powerful active ingredient, thymol, helps maintain a healthy immune system.
• Oregano Essential Oil (Origanum compactum) – Yet another mint, with origins in the USA, France, Germany and Turkey, it was mentioned by the well-respected herbalist, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). Oregano is another oil with immune supportive properties.
• Wintergreen Essential Oil (Gaultheria procumbens) comes from China and North America. It may help support the respiratory, circulatory, and muskuloskeletal systems.
• Cypress Essential Oil (Cupressus sempervrens) originates in France and Spain and is steam distilled rom the branches. It supports healthy circulation.
• Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita), another mint of course, originates in the Mediterranean area and Great Britain, as well as North America. It promotes  healthy digestion and respiratory support as well as being soothing for minor daily aches and pains.
• Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum) is another member of the mint family, with origins in India, France, and Utah. Basil was another highly regarded by Hildegard of Bingen, and was also used by the ancient Greeks.  It may help support a healthy immune and respiratory system, and may help relax muscle tension after exercise.
• Marjoram Essential Oil (Origanum majorana) – Another mint originating in France and Egypt, it was believed by the ancient Greeks to increase longevity, and is listed in Dioscorides’ De Materia Medica (A.D. 78), which was Europe’s standard reference work for herbal treatments for over 1700 years. Marjoram is very soothing to the muscles and helps relieve minor body and joint discomfort associated with exercise. It  may help sooth minor discomforts of the digestive tract, and the fragrance is generally relaxing and calming.
• AromaSiez Essential Oil Blend is another special blend of Young Living which contains Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Marjoram (Origanum majorana), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Pepperment (Mentha piperita), and Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens).  It helps promote healthy circulation, and is very soothing and relaxing for massage.

Over the years, there have been various modifications of Raindrop Technique, but nearly all give proper credit to the original.  Many people have derived a lot of benefit from this, and not surprisingly, a number of horse owners have successfully used it on their horses.

I have three Morgan horses and had used the oils on them before in a modified Raindrop technique, which they always enjoyed.   My two mares are 28 and 29 years old, full sisters which I’ve had since they were foals.  Last month the pasture owner called me one day saying that the older mare, Dawn, didn’t seem to be doing well, she was lying down and he thought she was breathing heavily.  It was dark by the time I was able to get back from town and get to the pasture.  At that time, Dawn’s breathing seemed to be fine, and though lying down, she was able to get up when I asked her.  But what I then began to notice was very weird.  On careful examination I could find no sign of injury, inflammation, heat or swelling.  Nor did there seem to be any indication of illness, and her appetite was fine.  Yet there seemed to be evidence of the most bizarre coordination and balance issues.  She seemed to be very unsteady and looking like she was going to dog-sit because when she tried to move, her hind end wasn’t cooperating.  The pasture owners were very upset as they had grown attached to Dawn and it really didn’t seem to any of us like she would be able to recover from this episode.

I checked her again early the next morning, and found her cheerful and with good appetite but the coordination and balance issues were very pronounced and I still could find no sign of illness or injury.  I was pretty convinced by this time that she had suffered a stroke.  My mom had suffered numerous mini-strokes in her later years, and my dad had suffered a major stroke from which he never recovered, spending a year in a so-called Rehab place.    Knowing what I did about stroke, the outlook for my horse seemed very gloomy.  The closest vet to our rural area, and the one usually on call, happens to be one who wanted to euthanize Dawn 20 years ago, and especially considering Dawn’s age, it seemed unlikely he would offer me any other options this time and probably no other vet would either.  As it was, I did not see how I could expect her to go through winter in this condition.  She seemed barely able to move her hind feet more than a few inches at a time, and with great exaggeration, crossing her front legs one over the other with every step as though trying to brace herself to keep from topping over.  She never did fall over and was more solid than she looked, or at least she was learning very quickly to compensate and take care of herself, but it was very unnerving.

At any rate, I figured all I could do was try to work with her and see if she might recover. I began with very intensive Raindrop treatments as best I could, and also employed the use of Ohm tuning forks along the spine after applying the oils, to help.  And, believe it or not, I was also feeding her potatoes, as I read of one horse therapist having great success with elderly horses feeding them potatoes to help supplement their mineral needs  I was ready to try anything.

At first, improvement was very gradual, but by the second day, I was noticing enough of a difference to begin to give me hope.  She was still crossing her front legs severely when she walked but her hind legs were beginning to move more freely.  I worked with her on doing circles and pivots as I had taught her when she was a very young horse, believing this might help with her balance and assist her in re-learning to walk smoothly.  She remembered all of her long ago training and soon I began to see dramatic improvement.  She had been so unsteady I could not even examine her feet except when she was lying down as she was too unstable to stand on three legs and allow me to pick up a foot.  However, after a week of this intensive treatment, I was able to bring the farrier out to trim her.  He also had been out there the week before and had observed her when she was in a very bad state so he was extremely surprised to see she had recovered and was easily able to stand for trimming.  After 10 days she had pretty much returned to normal and resumed going out with the herd into the larger pasture, and being her usual difficult to catch self.  I used all of the Raindrop oils for her as well as some others, including Lavender (Lavendulia angustifolia), Frankincense (Boswelia carteri), Clove (Syzgium aromaticum) and Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum).  In addition, I used the Young Living blends of PanAway , which contains Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), Clove (Syzgium aromaticum) , Pepperment (Mentha piperita), and Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), as well as the Thieves blend, which contains Clove (Syzgium aromaticum), Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum), Lemon (Citrus limon), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata) and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).

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Author: ocequine3

Brenda Tippin is a Biologial Technician, Free-lance writer, and Morgan horse historian who has studied and used natural health products for more than 30 years. She is an independent distributor of Young Living Essential Oils which she has used successfully for herself, family, friends, horses and other pets. Brenda has written more than 40 articles for The Morgan Horse magazine since 1985, as well as other equine publications. She is a consultant and member of the project team for a new documentary film being developed on the Morgan as America's first horse breed, and is currently working on a book of her compiled articles and research. Brenda is also the author of the 45 page Young Living/DoTerra report avaliable for free download (small donations appreciated to help defray costs of research.) Brenda has worked for the US Forest Service since 1979 in a variety of projects including wildlife surveys and 26 seasons staffing a remote fire tower to spot forest fires.

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