Essential oils are natural oils typically obtained through distillation which hold the fragrance from its plant of origin. Essential oils have also been used for thousands of years for healing purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties. The purest essential oils are just as useful as the botanicals from which they were extracted. Essential oils can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage, or taken internally. Dr. Laura commonly uses raindrop therapy, which is the application of a sequence of essential oils that have been clinically tested to have antiviral, antibacterial and antiinflammatory properties. These oils are dropped gently on the spine and lightly massaged in and a hot compress is applied.