Shoulder Joint Pain

When my daughter had a torn rotor cuff, and her shoulder was in a great deal of pain, she  applied the entire set of Raindrop oils (Thyme, Basil, Peppermint, Oregano, Wintergreen, Cypress and Marjoram plus Blends:  Valor® & Aroma Seiz™), layering them one by one over the area, every single day for a month, and it healed without the suggested surgery.

I realize that this may not be the same problem that you have, but it’s the same thing I would do. I would also add in other oils such as frankincense, copaiba,  ocotea, helichrysum, chamomile, and PanAway. (Use whatever you have.) I might also take caps of copaiba every day for awhile, as it’s got the highest quantity of a molecule called beta caryophyllene which is an excellent anti-inflammatory molecule.

The firs that you asked about are all similar, but they also have differences in their chemistry. So yes, the firs can be interchangeable, and your body can select the molecules it needs for repair and regeneration.

I recall one of the French doctors saying that the conifer oils (which would include the firs) were his first choice in cancer prevention. Isn’t that interesting?

Since we cannot tell exactly what the body is looking for in order to heal, it’s always a wonderful idea to offer the body a diverse set of oils, such as Raindrop, in order to have the highest chance that what is needed for healing is in the oils being applied. What works for one person, may not work for another, because their bodies are looking for different molecules.

Isn’t it wonderful that we don’t really need to know a lot about the oils in order to help ourselves and our families live longer, healthier, and happier lives? We can always go to the Essential Oil Desk Reference to see what’s been observed throughout history, and in more recent research, and then we can just have fun applying the oils that we have, and those that appeal to us! Each of the oils has a gift to give us! What a glorious thing!
Love,  Vicki


  1. Interesting post. I think my readers will find it helpful so I’m going to link your blog to mine,

  2. abby brooks said

    So I am a bit confused about your post. Thyme, oregano, wintergreen, and peppermint all are highly skin irritating especially since I am assuming you are layering them “neat” on the skin. While you quote “french doctors” and continue to say the Essential desk reference is a good tool, you also say that the “body knows what it is looking for” and all the firs are interchangeable.

    In France, or England for that matter, oils are used neat or internally with great care. The chemical components are considered very seriously in making “prescriptions” as essential oil use is a “science” there and not a hobby, just for the “let’s go have some fun with the oils we have”. Such oil use is great for making cleaning products MAYBE.

    In the conifer family we have many chemical components that will be different from batch to batch and year to year and country of origin to country of origin. Saying all the conifers are interchangeable is like saying the people you love are interchangeable with other people.

    The varying components, ie b-pinene, b-caryophyllene, d-limonene, piperitone, b-myrcene, and bornyl acetate found amongst the conifirs have different amounts and varying combinations present in the different trees and shrubs. It seems obvious that this would mean they are not interchangeable, as each has it’s own unique “DNA” if you will and unique “stamp”………just like each human is basically made up of the same components but we are each unique and respond to the environment differently.

    I feel that being too relaxed about chemical constituents of essential oils is an unsafe approach, and in Europe and other parts of the world it’s use is considered medicine.

    • Alan said

      Yes, we do realize that many oils can be very hot and different people have different sensitivities to essential oils so some basic education is needed in using essential oils. This training comes in the form of an Essential Oil Desk Reference, numerous training seminars, workshops, conventions, etc. where the practicalities of applying essential oils are taught along with essential oil basic chemistry. All models are taught; French, English, German as well as some lesser know techniques.

      The target audience for this blog is, by and large, better educated in the use of essential oils. We understand the constituents of essential oils vary from species to species and from different geographic regions and even from different soil conditions and elevations. We also understand the innate wisdom of the plants which produce the essential oils and the innate wisdom of the human body to use what it needs in order to heal itself. The human body can process and use essential oil constituents very quickly given the half life of an oil in or on the body is 20 minutes on average.

      Training and education along with practical experience are very important. I have been doing this for 14+ years and the only unpleasant experience I’ve had is sometimes accidentally getting a hot oil on a sensitive part of the body. Ouch!

      Nature’s plant kingdom has always provided the best best medicine. Why is big Pharma trying so hard to control it all? Even foods are being slapped with drug labels if health claims are made. How silly.

      I will not continue this discussion on this blog. Please direct any future comments to me by email.
      Best wishes,

      • abby brooks said

        Thank you for your reply Alan. I am in NO WAY connected to “big Pharma” so I am confused about that reference in your reply.

        I too an been using essential oils for a long time, and I too have an ENORMOUS RESPECT for both plant wisdom and body intelligence.

        I was simply questioning the efficacy of suggesting that oils are interchangeable, and additionally the safety of such therapies as “Raindrop” therapy.

        I personally feel that in circumstances where not everyone is “by and large” as educated as yourself, and maybe novices in the use of these oils, that certain manners of use should be reconsidered.

        I know many novice users, and not so novice as well, that have had horrible experiences with “neat” use of essential oils, and that may be due wholly to not having enough education.

        My intention is not to discredited anyone, my intention is to promote EDUCATED use of essential oils in this country. Let’s rally for good intentions and better commitment to educated users.

        My best wishes to you as well,

  3. Susi said

    Hi Abby,
    It seems a while ago that, you wrote the above,but I’ve only just seen a link to this article.
    I feel of having to reply to it, as I believe there are many people out there having had negative experiences with Essential oils,but those were very likely from company’s who aren’t as careful with growing and distilling than Young Living is.

    The biggest difference is sometimes not just the education, but which company the essential oils are bought from.

    I have used Raindrop Technique for 6 years and haven’t had any negative experience from either myself or anyone I have given it to.
    It is strictly recommended that when giving a RDT to only use essential oils from YOUNG LIVING due to their purity .

    Best wishes to you,

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