D. Gary Young developed the Raindrop Technique®
(RT) during the 1980s based on his research with essential oils as antimicrobial
Raindrop Technique® uses a sequence of highly antimicrobial essential oils
synergistically combined to simultaneously kill the responsible viral agents and
The principle single oils used include:
• oregano (Origanum compactum)
• thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
• basil or balsam fir (Ocimum basilicum or Abies balsamea)
• cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
• wintergreen or birch (Gaultheria procumbens or Betula alleghaniensis)
• marjoram (Origanum majorana)
• peppermint (Mentha piperita)
The oils are dispensed like little drops of rain from a height of about six
inches above the back and very lightly massaged along the vertebrae and back
muscles. Although the entire process takes about 1 hour to complete, the oils
will continue to work in the body for up to one week following treatment, with
continued re-alignment taking place during this time. One caution, Raindrop is
not a cure-all or a magic bullet. A healthy balanced body is the result of a
well-rounded program of exercise and proper diet. Health is everything we do,
say, hear, see, and eat. Raindrop is only one tool to help restore balance in
the body. Healthy eating habits and a positive, open mind will also help prepare
the body and skin to accept the oils better and more rapidly.
It is recommended that RT be performed in a quiet, semi-darkened area free of
distractions. Soft and relaxing music will make the recipient more comfortable.
The temperature should be cool enough to prevent sweating, but warm enough to be
comfortable as only the client’s back and legs will be exposed.
Since 1989, RT has received an enormous amount of praise from users around the
world for its ability to help ameliorate spinal abnormalities such as scoliosis
and kyphosis, and facilitate tissue cleansing. RT is based on the idea—now
being explored in a number of scientific studies—that many types of scoliosis
and spinal misalignments are caused by viruses or bacteria that lie dormant
along the spine. These pathogens create inflammation, which, in turn, contorts
and disfigures the spinal column.
RT is a powerful, non-invasive tool for assisting the body in correcting defects
in the curvature of the spine by utilizing the antiviral, antibacterial, and
anti-inflammatory action of several key essential oils
In the case of RT, the use of certain undiluted essential oils typically causes
minor reddening and "heat" in the tissues. Normally, this is perfectly safe and
not something to be overly concerned about. Blondes, redheads, and persons whose
systems are toxic are more susceptible to this temporary reddening. Should the
reddening or heat become excessive, it can be remedied within a minute or two by
the immediate application of several drops of pure, quality vegetable oil to the
affected area. This effectively dilutes the oils and the warming effect.
Temporary mild warming is normal for RT. Typically it is even milder than that
of many capsicum creams or sports ointments. Indeed, rather than being a cause
of concern, this warming indicates that positive benefits are being imparted. In
cases where the warmth or heat exceeds the comfort zone of the recipient, as
mentioned before, the facilitator can apply any pure vegetable oil to the area
until the comfort level is regained and reddening dissipates (usually within 2
NOTE: If a rash should appear, it is an indication of a chemical reaction
between the oils and synthetic compounds in the skin cells and interstitial
fluid of the body (usually from conventional personal care products). Some
misconstrue this as an allergic reaction, when in fact the problem is not caused
by an allergy but rather by foreign chemicals already imbedded in the tissues.
A number of medical professionals throughout the United States have adopted RT
in their clinical practice and have found it to be an outstanding resource for
aiding sciatica, scoliosis, kyphosis, and chronic back pain. Ken Krieger, DC, a
chiropractor practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona, states, "As a chiropractor, I
believe that the dramatic results of RT are enough for me to rewrite the books
on scoliosis." Similarly, Terry Friedmann, MD, of Westminster, Colorado, states
that "these essential oils truly represent a new frontier of medicine; they have
resolved cases that many professionals had regarded as hopeless."
Every person is biochemically different, and what works for one may not work for
another. Different body types respond to the applications in ways you may not
expect. Learn to be sensitive to the person on whom you are working so that you
can respond to their needs.
The question is often asked, "How long do the effects of this application last?"
Again, each person responds differently. Generally speaking, a high level of
health and proper diet are key factors, as are exercise and attitude. The
effects of one application may last several months for one person, but for
another it may be necessary to have repeated applications weekly until the body
begins to respond. The goal is to retrain the tissues of the body. This may take
a few weeks or even a full year.
In summary, RT is one of the safest, noninvasive techniques available for
spinal health. It is also an invaluable tool to promote healing from within
using topically applied essential oils.