.Essential oils are becoming more popular for us because they are so beneficial to you, They are beneficial to the horse receiving them and even barn mates or herd mates will benefit from inhaling the oils on their neighbor. In my experience, if you raise the vibration of even one member of the herd, the entire group gets healthier. If you are interested in using essential oils on yourself, your dogs or your horses, I recommend you consider Raindrop Therapy.
Bringing the Body into Balance
The basic principle of balance is to realign the spine and help the horse or dog achieve equal standing on all four feet. I like to see my patients with “four on the floor”. With pelvic imbalances or asymmetric shoulders and/or front feet, the spine often compensates and the horse or dog adopts habitual stances. You’d be surprised how many horses and dogs have difficulty standing “square” for even 30 seconds. This is why I start the Raindrop treatment with the essential oil blend called Valor on the sacrum, withers, poll, sternum, and all four bulbs of the heels.
Valor balances the physical and electrical energies of the body and has been touted as a “chiropractor in a bottle”. The intention of guiding the body into the frequency of balance and harmony is the foundation of the treatment.
Boosting the immune system
The next step involves applying a sequence of anti-viral, antimicrobial, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory oils to the insides of the hind legs, stimulating the Spleen, Liver and Kidney meridians. These are the most influential acupuncture meridians of the immune system. This opens the channels for easy elimination of toxins and inflammatory residues.
The third step involves moving up to the spine. Be sure to have something safe and stable to stand on. The same six oils as well as Marjoram are dropped like raindrops along the spine from 6” to 9” above, moving from the sacrum forward to the withers (thus the name “Raindrop Therapy”). It is wonderful to feel the vibration and energetics of each oil,
Before these oils are dropped on the spine, a mixing oil is applied generously over the spine to help diminish the heat of the Thyme and Oregano, and to help the oils travel down the hair shaft and into the skin.
Aroma Siez is the last oil applied to either side of the spine on the paraspinal muscles, so they can relax while the spine rearranges itself. A myriad of ligaments and connective tissues are found between and surrounding the vertebrae. I believe these oils go deep and release the tension – which can be physical, chemical and emotional – around the vertebral bodies.
Once these techniques have been done, a hot moist towel is rolled onto the horse’s or dog's back. A dry towel is placed over that to hold the heat in and absorb excess moisture. Sometimes it only takes a deep breath from the horse or dog for the spine to give way to a more comfortable, supple and straighter alignment. Once I have taken the towel and blankets off, I like to let the horse move around by himself in a soft sandy pen or a well-bedded stall, so he can roll.
Signs of Toxicity
If toxins come out of the spine, you’ll see areas of raised hair that looks like hives. It’s proposed that viruses, bacteria or fungi hibernating in the spine cause many misalignment and some types of scoliosis. These pathogens cause inflammation, which generates dis-“ease” and imbalances in the spine. These raised areas may persist for two to three days, so do not do your first Raindrop before an important event like a show or parade.
Thyme and Oregano oils have a high phenol content, which can cause skin irritation or reactions. This is mostly in horses or dogs with underlying toxicity in their systems. It is also important that the horse’s or dog's back be kept out of direct sunlight for at least eight hours after the treatment, as some of the oils can cause hypersensitivity with sunlight.
Balanced Horses and Dogs
I recommend a thorough evaluation of the horse before doing a Raindrop. The feet and jaw must be balanced before the horse can achieve a long-lasting change in posture from the treatment. It is best if he can see his massage therapist within a week of the Raindrop treatment. Quite often the horses are so loose that they can adjust themselves Chiropractically with stretches and rolling, and no manipulations are necessary.
Not only is Equine Raindrop Therapy great for sore backs, it’s also fabulous for boosting the immune system. You can do just one horse in a trailer load of six or eight horses traveling long distance, and the other horses will all benefit from inhaling the aromas of the oils. Or, if you are at a show and the neighboring horses are coming down with influenza, you can Raindrop your horses and not only protect them, but build a wall of defense for the rest of your barn.
Information form Dr. Heather Mack