Raindrop Messenger Archive
Official Newsletter of C.A.R.E.
The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education
Volume 3, Number 6
Aug - Sept 2005
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IN THIS ISSUE:
IMPORTANT NOTE: The information in this newsletter is not meant
to diagnose, prescribe, or substitute for professional medical
assistance. It is provided as information only for your better
understanding of holistic health. In case of medical need, please
consult an appropriate licensed professional.
1. Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Oils
by David Stewart, PhD, DNM
Someone recently asked me about essential oils and earthquake
preparation. They did not know how appropriate it was to address
such a question to me. Before I was a Methodist Pastor, and before
I became a full-time teacher and advocate of aromatherapy, I was
an earthquake seismologist.
I was a professor and director of Seismological Observatories and
Centers for Earthquake Studies at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill for seven years and at Southeast Missouri State
University at Cape Girardeau for five years. During those times I
taught courses in environmental hazards, including floods, hurricanes,
tornados, tsunamis, and earthquakes. During 1988, I was also the
Executive Director of a government organization under the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) whose mission is to prepare
the Midwest for a major earthquake.
I taught courses for FEMA on earthquake preparation for schools,
hospitals, public utilities, law enforcement, firemen, and emergency
management personnel, as well as seismic building design for
engineers. Between 1990 and 1995 I published five books on
earthquakes. Four of them are
1. The Earthquake America Forgot (29.95)
(2000 Temblors in Five Months and It Will Happen Again).
This is a history of the most powerful sequence of earthquakes
in American history. Between December1811 and May 1812 more
than 2000 earthquakes struck the Mississippi River Valley near
New Madrid, Missouri, causing the Mississippi to run backwards,
creating a dozen new lakes, and completely obliterating five towns.
Hundreds died, including several entire tribes of Native Americans.
The largest of these seismic events measured 8.3, 8.6, and 8.8 on
the Richter scale. These tremors were felt from Canada to Mexico,
from the Rocky Mountains througthout the East Coast of America
and as far south as Cuba. They did damage up to 800 miles from
their epicenters. That's bigger than any quake that has hit California.
This book contains all the fascinating people stories and drama of
the tragedies and heroes of that cataclysmic natural disaster. It
has been used as a basis for several novels and even one play.
2. The Earthquake that Never Went Away (19.95)
(The Shaking Stopped in 1812, but the Impact Goes On)
This book contains 150 photographs of the New Madrid Fault zone
taken between 1988 and 1994 showing the permanent effects of
the earthquakes that had struck almost 200 years prior in 1811-12.
Sand boils, land fissures, surface faults, landslides, disrupted river
channels, and earthquake lakes--all created by those earthquakes
and all visible today. These features are still problems to the present
time for highways, bridges, building construction, and agriculture.
Some of the permanent quicksand features resulting from those
earthquakes that lie under railroad tracks continue to cause train
derailments today--almost two centuries after the shaking stopped.
3. The New Madrid Fault Finders Guide (16.95)
This is a set of seven self-guided field trips into the New Madrid
Fault Zone, that spans portions of Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky,
Arkansas, and Tennessee. Upon completion of each of the seven
trips, one can visit the New Madrid Historical Museum and receive
signatures on a certificate for being a Certified Fault Finder. Upon
completion of all seven trips, you become a TOAFF (Totally Awesome
Fault Finder) and will have a certificate to prove it. The New Madrid
Fault is still active, producing 200-300 small earthquakes a year,
most only measured and not felt. If you drive Interstate Highway I-55
from Memphis, Tennessee, to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, you will be
driving right over the fault, which is also called Earthquake Alley.
Using this book, many earth science classes have toured the zone
while families have come for an Earthquake Vacation and sightseeing
trip throughout one of America's most geologically unique areas.
4. Damages and Losses from Future New Madrid Earthquakes (9.95)
This book was written under contract from the U.S. Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It details the damages and
casualties that will result from magnitude 6.0, 7.0, and 8.0 earthquakes
when they happen again along the New Madrid Fault. A magnitude 7.0-7.6
earthquake in the Midwest would do damage over a 20-state area measuring
in hundreds of billions of dollars and many fatalities. Such a quake has
a 25% chance of happening in the next 15 years and a 50% chance in the
next 50 years. A strong quake measuring 6.0-6.9 has a 50% chance in the
next 15 years and a 90% chance during the next 50 years. This book is
for earthquake planning in the Midwest by engineers, businesses, policemen,
firemen, schools, municipal and country governments, hospitals, emergency
management officials, National Guard units, and the public at large. It
is the factual basis for premiums charge by insurance companies offering
earthquake coverage. It is also the basis for earthquake zoning legislation
and building codes in Midwestern states. While based on technical information,
it is easily read, understood, and applied by anyone.
All four of these are available on the internet at Amazon.com or by
going to www.CarePublications.net
or by calling 800-758-8629.
Besides Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, and
MIssissippi which are within the zone most threatened by the New Madrid
Fault, the states considered most at risk from major earthquakes are California,
Washington, Alaska, New York, and South Carolina. Except for British Columbia,
Southern Ontario, and Southern Quebec, the rest of Canada is relatively
free of significant earthquake risk.
So what does all of the above have to do with hurricanes and oils?
Preparation for earthquakes is similar to preparation for any major
natural disaster, be they floods, hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, and
temblors. Although there are different things one would do to prepare
and mitigate the potential effects from each of these types of hazards,
when it comes to dealing with environmental disruptions, emotional
trauma, injuries, and health issues following such events, it is pretty
much all the same.
Major natural disasters disrupt normal infrastructure, which can be for
extended periods of time. This includes our supplies of water, electricity,
natural gas, and fuels such as gasoline. They also disrupt or destroy
sanitation facilities and proper disposal of garbage and sewage, posing
biohazards. Meanwhile, they can also temporarily interrupt one's
access to hospitals and health care facilities while destroying our homes
and dwellings, leaving us exposed to the elements and no place to live.
Hazardous and toxic fluids and fumes can also be released during such
events. Besides threats from nature, today we have additional threats
in the form of terrorism, which can strike anywhere, any time.
As for oils, with these thoughts in mind, I keep the following on hand
and ready to use. It is a good idea to keep them in a little Emergency
Oils Kit set aside for such purposes:
. Purification for disinfecting cuts and bites
. Lemon for purifying water
. Lavender for burns and abrasions
. Frankincense for healing wounds
. Helichrysm to stop bleeding
. Peppermint for headaches and fatigue
. Panaway for bruises
. Wintergreen for sprains and cracked bones
. Lemongrass for sprains and twisted joints
. RC for the lungs in case toxic fumes were inhaled
. Sandalwood to help get a good night's sleep
. Peace and Calming for panic
. Valor for overcoming fear with courage
. Trauma Life for post-traumatic stress syndrome
. Along with Gratitude and Joy for surviving the disaster and still
being alive and intact.
There are many other oils you could add to this list. You will have
your own ideas. Hope this helps.
2. Why Don't we Shower After a Raindrop?
by David Stewart, PhD, DNM
When we teach or do raindrop technique we normally advise receivers
not to shower till the next day in order for the oils to continue their
work. The question has been asked as to why we do this since
essential oil molecules are readily absorbed through the skin. Hence,
it would seem that within a short time, they would all have been
internalized and no longer on the skin surface. If they are no longer
the skin surface, then why would it matter if one showered or bathed
or not? That is a very good question, and a thoughtful one, too.
The truth is that when one receives raindrop, not all of the oils
applied are aromatic or essential. There are a variety of vegetable
and nut oils also applied which are not aromatic and not entirely
absorbed. Among the fatty oils used in raindrop are those
contained in Valor, Ortho Ease, and V-6.
The oil blend of Valor is composed principally of the essential
oils of spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense, but also
contains the fatty oil of almond.
Ortho Ease contains a variety of essential oils, which are absorbed
through the skin, but its principal constituents are fatty oils of
coconut, grape, almond, and wheat germ.
Another YLEO oil often applied during raindrop is V-6, which
is composed completely of fatty oils.
When fatty oils are combined with or layered over essential oils,
the rate ofabsorption of the aromatic oils is considerably slowed
down. Hence, it may take 12 hours or more for all of the oil
molecules to findtheir way into the body. This is the main reason
for recommending that clients wait over-night before showering.
There is another reason for waiting to shower. Only part of
the magic of raindrop has to do the absorption of therapeutically
active molecules through the skin. The other part is inhaling them.
Inhalation allows healing molecules to enter the blood stream
through the lungs and to pass directly through the olfactory
organs across the blood-brain barrier. Thus, raindrop addresses
all of the systems of our bodies via several routes.
Due to the layering and mixing of fatty oils with the aromatic ones
during raindrop, the fragrances linger for a good 12 hours or more,
which continue to administer healing to the receiver via the nostrils
throughout this time, as well as through the skin. You don't want
to wash this off until it has all of the tiny therapeutic molecules
have been absorbed. To bathe too soon will wash away and reduce
some of the therapeuticbenefit and potential effectiveness of the
Now you know why we don't wash after a raindrop.
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Where and How to Obtain Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
If you are a Young Living Distributor or a Young Living
Customer, you have chosen to avail yourself of the world's finest
oils of Biblical grade quality. If you are not and have a friend who is,
you should approach them and ask how you can become affiliated
with Young Living and purchase these oils. If you do not know of
anyone in your community or family that sells these oils, you may
enroll with Dr. David and Lee Stewart as your sponsor at
http://bibleoils.younglivingworld.com or by contacting Young
Living at (800) 371-3515 and enroll over the phone asking that
David & Lee Stewart, YLEO Member #261333, be your sponsors.
You may also call David or Lee directly at (573) 238-4273.
You cannot practice therapeutic aromatherapy with healing
results unless you use properly produced and packaged oils.
Most oils easily available from retail outlets are food or
flavor grade oils and do not have the healing properties
that Young Living oils possess.
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