Ok, so I wasn’t on death’s door so to speak BUT it kinda felt like it. Â And, I don’t mean a raindrop as a drop of water falling from the sky, but I’ll tell you more about that in a bit. Â My cute, adorable, charming son (aka darling germ magnet) came home with a cough last week that just did not want to leave no matter what I threw at him. Â I pulled out my big guns, immupower, thieves, R.C., and while they helped he still went on to SHARE his new friend – lucky me! Â So, now I have this lovely cough. Â Now, you must understand one thing. Â When I get a cough it is not pretty. Â Really, not pretty. Â If, and I pray, pray, pray that I don’t, but if, I cough in a public place I immediately clear a large area around me. Â It’s a neat trick! Â And, I get very concerned looks. Â Very concerned. Â I don’t blame them at all. Â I sometimes look around after a coughing fit to make sure I haven’t lost a lung or something. Â So I have this cough, and any time I want to breathe it’s not so fun. Â But, hey, I’m an oiler and I’ve got the best stuff.
I start with R.C. for the congestionÂ and it helps a bit. Â I use immupower on my feet, man, can you say STINKY! Â I’m sure the germs hightail it just to get away from the smell! Then I grab the thieves and oregano. Â I put a couple of drops of each in a capsule to ingest and that helps. Â In less than half an hour I feel better – yeah team oils! Â Then horror of all horrors I realize I am out of thieves! Â What?! Â When my darling germ magnet began coughing I started diffusing it and putting it on everyone’s feet (everyone being the kids, obviously my feet missed the thieves boat this time around).
Ok so now I have a secret for you (don’t tell anyone, k?) – even us oilers get sick! Â I know, that is just crazy, but it’s true. Â But here is the really crazy part, since it doesn’t happen that often I always forget what to do! Â I would like to say it’s because I’m sick and I have a couple of kids running around but it’s probably because I have always had a very laid back approach when I’m ill. Â A sort of less is more, I’ll ride it out, the drugs are usually worse than the illness, kind of approach. Â But, now that I have all these fabulous oils around, the trick is knowing how to use them. Â That really is the key – using them. Â Even though they sure do look pretty all lined up on my counter it’s about getting them in or on me that really makes the difference.
After having to hang up on a friend that I had not spoken to in years because of a scary sounding coughing fit I knew it was time to try something else. Â I’d like to say that the raindrop idea was all my own, well I could, and no one would know any the better (except me of course), but it wasn’t. Â I was on Facebook and Dr. Shelton (see Young Living Essential Oils and Pets for more on her) noted how after having a similar persistent cough a raindrop with lots of oils did the trick for them. Â So when my husband walked in the door looking like CRAP and feeling worse I told him he was getting a raindrop. Â Isn’t he the ever so lucky guy? Â One of the reasons I love Young Living is that they have great promotions. Â Every month if you buy a certain amount of product you can qualify for the free product for that month. Â That is how we got our Raindrop Kit. Â I have only done a raindrop on him once before so I am far from an expert. Â But I have heard that the most important part is getting the oils on so that they can get to work. Â So that is what I did. Â I followed the directions in the Essential Oils Desk Reference guide and got them on him. Â Of course he was super relaxed when it was all done and I felt a wee bit guilty asking him to throw the oils on my back but he did Â (thanks, sweets!). Â And you know what, we were better in the morning. Â He looked better and he felt better too. I was able to take a deep breath without Â it being followed by a 20 minute coughing fit and I am also getting rid of lots of lovely stuff. Â I know, ewwww, soooo gross, sorry for the details. Â So, yeah, it definitely helped. Â I bet by now you are really wondering what is a raindrop? Â Well, as you may have figured out (cause you are a clever one, aren’t you), a raindrop is sort of like a massage with essential oils. Â Well, kind of. Â The raindrop technique was developed by Gary Young and includes 9 different essential oils (oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram, wintergreen, peppermint, cyprus, aroma seiz, & valor) as well as a vegetable oil, like Young Living’s V-6 blend. Â The oils are dropped along the spine and lightly worked into the back. Â The oils used are highly antimicrobial and antiviral. Â In my experience the effect of a raindrop can be very cleansing, sort of like a detox. Â I highly recommend getting and giving a raindrop, they are unlike any other massage I have ever had. Â I noticed as I was giving the raindrop I was feeling better just by handling and inhaling the oils. Even though we are not 100% yet, we are getting there. Â I am also using a combo of oregano and thyme in a capsule with a drop of extra virgin olive oil and that gave both of us some quick relief as well. Â I’ll do some more of those tomorrow and I’ll do another raindrop and hopefully we can kick this cough to the curb by the weekend.