I read about thieves oil decades ago, before essential oils were even a thing. As the story goes, during the height of the Bubonic plague sweeping
Europe and Asia, four thieves from Marseilles became famous for robbing the possessions of the infected dead - yet never caught the plague
Here's a site that has links to scientific research on essential oils:
The New Agers' believe that ones body is surrounded by their 'aura' that projects out about 1.5-2 feet, shaped like an upside down egg. I remember
reading seeing this description in the Carlos Castaneda books long before New Age even existed.
The belief is illness, injury or negative forces can weaken and destroy the vital protection of ones' aura, which is needed for life to exist. Their
way of healing is to imagine a persons aura as thick whipped cream, and as you pass your hands over the body, about one foot away, you will feel weak,
thin or cold spots indicating a disruption of life forces. You use your hands to smooth this imaginary 'whipped cream' over the affected area.
Reiki sounds like the same type of thing, just using a different method and terminologies.
Many of the ancient healings and technics have been adapted and adopted by different groups.
I test for the truth in things I read and have tried many of the ancient healing ways.....especially on sick animals, such as the many wounded birds
I've rescued throughout the years.
Alternative medicine has its place, which could be to enhance modern treatments- under a doctors supervision, of course.
Whether placebo effect, mind over matter, or something else I can't say. I just know it has worked for me, and I've never been harmed by any
treatments. I'm not brave enough to try any of the medicinal treatments, though- morning coffee enema doesn't sound like a good practice for me.