Essential Oils to Improve Tibetans' Health

Jul 10, 2014

Using Oils to Treat Patients

Picture of the New Health Clinic
Picture of the New Health Clinic

Dear Friends,

As we told you in our last report, the healer at the monastery recently treated 4 patients with mild to severe lung infections. All patients were healed in 7-14 days, depending on the severity of the infection.

In the last report we shared with you the first essential oil recipe that the healer used to treat these infections. The second recipe included 3 parts niaouli (melaleuca quinquenervia cineol), 2 parts ravintsara (cinnamomum camphora) and 2 parts rosemary verbenon (rosmarinus officinalis verbenon).

Both this recipe and the one shared in the previous report were administered orally and inhaled. When ingesting the mixture, mix 2-3 drops of the essential oil mixture with approximately ½ a teaspoon of vegetable oil and take this 2-3 times a day, at least 20 minutes before or after a meal. Alternately, the oil mixture could be added to a bit of honey or placed on to a small piece of bread to be ingested.

When the patient ingests the mixture, they are instructed to hold it under their tongue for at least 5 minutes, where blood vessels can pick up the mixture and carry the oils throughout the body. If the oil is swallowed too soon, it may not be as effective (unless you are treating the stomach!). To apply topically, you must dilute the oil to avoid any rash on sensitive skin.

The recipes mentioned in the last two reports from a book by Dominique Baudoux: "L'aromathérapie. Se soigner par les huiles essentielles" Editions Amyris SPRL, Collection Douce Alternative, Bruxelles, BELGIUM. 2002

As always, we thank you so much for your generous support of our efforts to provide essential oils to the monks at the Menri Monastery. Your support is what keeps this program going! Thank you!

Apr 16, 2014

Using Oils to Treat Patients

Healer Mixing Oils
Healer Mixing Oils

Dear Friends,

The healer at the Menri Monastery has shared with us information about how he treated four patients suffering from lung infections. Two of the patients were suffering from severe cases and were healed in about two weeks. The other two cases were more mild and the patients were healed in 7-10 days. 

All four patients were treated with two essential oil blends. The blends were administered in two ways: by inhalation and ingestion. 

The first recipe used to treat the patients included 3 parts cypress (cupressus sempervirens), 1 part petitgrain bigarade (citrus aurantium) and 2 parts tarragon (artemisia dracunculus). This and the other blend were administered two to three times per day, 20 minutes before or after meals for 7-10 days.

In our next report, we will let you know about the second recipe that the healer used, as well as more information about how it was administered. 

Again, we’d like to thank you for your generous support. It is because of you that the healer at the Monastery has been able to offer this care to those that he serves. Thank you so much.

Jan 29, 2014

34 Patients Treated

Dear Friends,

We recently heard from the monk in charge of the essential oils program at the Menri Monastery. He let us know that from mid-June to the end of 2013, he treated 34 patients who came in for a total of 237 visits. The majority of the patients were students at a local school, and a few were visitors to the monastery. 

The majority of patients came to be treated for respiratory conditions such as cough, allergies, general cold symptoms, headaches, and influenza. Others came in seeking relief for skin conditions (rash, boils, warts, cuts, bruises, and infections), food poisoning, acid reflux, insect bites, mouth sores, tooth aches, muscle sprains and arthritis. 

The monk serving as healer said that he mainly uses essential oils to treat those who seek his help, but also makes use of other treatments including homeopathy, aspirin, acetaminophen, iodine and more. 

We thank you for your support of our project to provide for the essential oils program at the Menri Monastery. In the future, we hope to be able to share pictures and stories of specific treatment programs. Again, thank you for your support!

Nov 6, 2013

A successful visit to the US and new list of oils needed

Dear Friends,

In September, monks returning from the U.S. to the monastery in Dholanji, India brought back many essential oils requested by the essential oils expert and healer at the monastery.  He is continuing to treat the monks at the monastery and some lay people in the village. 

The healer has requested the following oils, which are planned to be delivered to him in January 2014:

  thymus satureoides (high in borneol and carvacrol natural chemical 

          contents), usually from Morocco.
ravintsara (cinnamomum camphora) (high in 1,8-cineol natural chemical

eucalyptus citriodora citronnellalifera citronnellolifera

helichrysum italicum, and

thymus vulgaris C.T. geraniol

 Thank you so much for supporting this project with the Bon in India.  Your support is enabling the healer to have the high quality essential oils that he needs and cannot be found in India

Aug 9, 2013

Update from Dolanji, India

Sitting in front of the essential oils
Sitting in front of the essential oils

Dear Friends,

We have received a report from the monk in charge of the essential oils project at the Bon Monastery in Dolanji, India. He says:

“Thank you so much for your continued support of our essential oils project. In early June I returned to France, and am now back at the monastery with a fresh one-year visa. My young assistant has left the monastery and monastic life. He has decided to return to the worldly life. I wish him a happy and fulfilling journey. After the time we spent together, I think that he will remember all that he has learned about essential oils and will use them in his new life. 

The weather is very pleasant now; not too hot and not too cold. Because of this nice weather, patients have been rare! It has given me a chance to take inventory of our oils and to let you know which oils we are in need of.  Initially, we need 20 or 24 3 ml glass bottles, and 30 ml of the essential oil Mandravasarotra (or Saro).

This oil is a wonderful antiviral, and a good neurotonic, which can be used to figure infections of all kinds. According to a recently published book, Mandravasarotra is a perfect substitute for the ravintsara essential oil (which can be difficult to obtain due to scarcity) for all immunity-related health issues.

I have a current case which I thought you might find interesting. Two days ago, a 55 year old man came to me complaining of congested nose, sinuses and lungs, and of upper and lower respiratory infection. The man had a fever and a lack of sleep due to the breathing difficulty. Although I indicated to the patient that I thought 3 or 4 visits per day would be necessary, it appears that his 2 daily visits to me were sufficient for healing. Tonight, after only 6 visits, this patient is feeling so much better. An allopathic nose spray is clearing his nose, and an essential oil treatment is proving effective against the infection.

Thank you so much for your support. Essential oils are wonderful. Every day I feel so fortunate to be able to use their healing properties for treatments.”

The monk also included a list of essential oils that he was in need of, which we have been able to provide to him, thanks to this project. He also sent us a picture of himself sitting in front of his essential oils, and was very happy that he now has 83 different oils in 340 bottles.

 Thank you so much for all of your support! It is because of you that he is able to heal those at the monastery who come to him. Thank you!! 

Sitting in front of the essential oils
Sitting in front of the essential oils
Sitting in front of the essential oils
Sitting in front of the essential oils


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Toc Dunlap

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Dearborn, MI United States

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