Oil Dispersion Bath Therapy Course


The Oil Dispersion Bath


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.


The Oil Dispersion Bath was developed in 1937 by Werner Junge, a Hydrotherapist working in Germany, based on indications given in medical lectures by Rudolf Steiner, PhD. Oil Dispersion Baths are given by nurses, massage therapists and physical therapists in anthroposophic hospitals, clinics and out-patient settings. It has a broad range of indications for physical and psychological health disorders, including being a significant therapeutic treatment for cancer patients. Some indications for ODB are:
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  • Stress & anxiety
  • >Sleep disorders
  • Headaches & migraine
  • Allergies
  • Immune & auto-immune disorders
  • Eczema & skin disorders
  • ADD & ADHD
  • Failure to thrive
  • Frail constitution
  • Cancer
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Problems of menstruation & menopause
  • Degenerative disorders of the nervous system
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Digestive disorders
  • Muscular tension, strain & injury
  • Musculoskeletal & joint disorders

Janice Balaskas, RN, ANS, RES

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