The Oil Dispersion Bath brings to the patient the healing qualities of plant oils and water together with a brush massage. To prepare the therapeutic bath, plant oils are added to water via a hand-blown glass Oil Dispersion Bath apparatus. The ODB apparatus draws the oils into a vortex of water resulting in an extremely fine dispersion of oil droplets through the bath. A rhythmic brush massage, given by the nurse or therapist while the patient is immersed in the bath, stimulates the peripheral blood and lymph circulation thereby increasing absorption of the finely dispersed oils. After the bath the individual is wrapped in warm blankets to rest for 30 – 60 minutes. This therapeutic process is supportive of the individual’s own warmth organization, and directed by specifically chosen plant oils supports a deep engagement of the individual’s own healing forces.
Janice Balaskas, RN, ANS, RES