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How I started using Essential Oils in my practice

I have always loved essential oils. I was the weirdo in college who had an essential oil diffuser running in my dorm room. It was always something citrusy like bergamot or lemon. At the time I just knew it made me happy, smelled fresh, and likely covered up the smell of beer and cigarettes. Yes, I smoked cigarettes. Only because I thought it made me look cool.... I certainly didn't like it though. Thankfully that habit was short lived.


Fast forward to 2013. My Bowen Therapy practice was in full swing and I found more and more clients coming in wanting relief from their symptoms of Lyme Disease.


It all started with one client in particular. Her Lyme symptoms were pretty strong and she had a really hard time sleeping... for obvious reasons.

The Bowen Therapy was helping, but only a little bit. So, I thought I would try adding essential oils to her session. Specifically, Raindrop Therapy.

I sort of knew what I was doing, but certainly not as much as I would have liked. I added the Raindrop Therapy Protocol, followed by a full Bowen therapy treatment.


My client said she felt really good when she left and then said she would be in touch.


I was cautiously optimistic.


But I didn't hear from her. I was slightly concerned. I ended up calling her to check in several weeks after that session of Raindrop and Bowen.


When she answered the phone she said, "I am so sorry I haven't gotten back to you.... I have been so busy because I haven't had much pain for weeks, in fact I was completely pain free for several days after that session."

I was so happy and quite surprised at how well she was doing.

She added, "Kate, I think you are really on to something with those essential oils"


After that, I thought, this is really amazing. I had better do something about this so I actually know what I am doing with these oils!


I bought every book I could get my hands on about essential oils.

The Healing Intelligence of Essential oils :: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, Kurt Schnaubelt.

Advanced Aromatherapy, Kurt Schnaubelt

Medical Aromatherapy, Kurt Schnaubelt.


It turned out that Kurt Schnaubelt is a PhD Chemist and runs the Pacific Institute for Aromatherapy

I immediately signed up to take his certification course in Aromatherapy. I had NO idea how difficult it was going to be. You see, I failed Chemistry in high school and of course I didn't take it in college.

Well, I buckled down and ended up going through the coursework twice before I took the exam.




I am really happy that I continue to use essential oils in my practice along with Bowen and Sound therapy to help people feel better, reduce pain, stress, and anxiety. Raindrop Therapy is a deeply therapeutic tool that enhances multiple healing modalities.


Essential oils are AMAZING plant medicine that makes life better.



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