Project #1532

Essential Oils to Improve Tibetans' Health

by Creating Hope International (CHI)

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

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


Morning at the Monastery
Morning at the Monastery

The monks, who use essential oils for healing, continue to minister to monks that come to them for healing.  The new Tibetan Clinic and Hospital in Dholanji, India that is being constructed adjacent to Menri Monastery is nearing completion.  The healer monks have designed a cabinet with special drawers for their essential oils in their healing room in the new hospital and local Tibetan carpenters are making the cabinet.  This will be a great improvement for everyone as the monks now store their growing stock of essential oils in metal trunks in their small rooms.

The monks and their patients send you blessings and thanks for your kind donations.

Using the funds so generously provided by your donations, the following essential oils requested by the healers  were delivered to the two healer monks at Menri Monastery in Dholanji, India in November 2012:  palmarosa, fennel, spearmint, ylang ylang, mountain savory, lemon, tarragon, spikenard, cistus and laurus nobilis.  The healers were very grateful.  In addition to continuing to treat patients at the monastery, the healers are helping to prepare the essential oils room in the new Tibetan hospital that is being built on monastery grounds in Dholanji.

Thank you for all of your support!!! This delivery would not have been possible without your help!

There are two Bon monks at the Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India, who use essential oils to treat monks and Bon villagers in the settlement.  The senior monk wrote the following report: 

“I was away in France (January through June 2012).  Prior to leaving Menri Monastery, in September and October 2011, I prepared some useful essential oil blends with Tenzin Paljor, the young monk interested in essential oils.  We followed recipes from the book "Essential Oils, Integrative Medical Guide" by Gary Young, ND. : antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, digestive, energy balance, immune, pain relief, respiratory, liver blends 

While I was away from the monastery, Tenzin Paljor used these blends on 6 patients, with satisfactory results when the monks being treated did the complete one-week treatment. He mainly treated skin ailments/boils, and body pain. 

Tenzin Paljor needs some reliable simple medical books that would help him to diagnose illnesses, as he has (and I have) no medical training at all.  Books on essential oils would be very helpful too.  Used-up/second-hand books are fine of course. 

Since July, I have been back at Menri Monastery.  It is the monsoon season with repeated rains, and I have helped patients with skin sores due to infected insect bites, infected cuts, and with influenza and cough.  I mainly rely on Dominique Baudoux’s book "L'aromathérapie", Se soigner par les huiles essentielles".  Some examples of blends I used are :

severe infection blend (oils: Chinese cinnamon, thyme thujanol, mountain savoury, in ratio 1, 2, 2)
insect bites blend (oils: lavender aspic, tea tree, geranium Rosat, in ratio 3, 1, 1) to apply every 3 minutes until improvement.

It is very spectacular to watch that after many applications, the skin sore opens up and pus can flow out.”


A representative from Creating Hope International will be traveling to India in November to deliver many of the essential oils requested by the monks and bought with the funds that you all have so generously donated. 

If any of you are experts and essential oils and have books that you can donate as requested by the senior monk in his report, please send them to Creating Hope International at P.O. Box 1058, Dearborn, MI 48121.  The books will be sent or delivered to the monks.

Don’t forget!  The holidays are a great time to share your passion for the Essential Oils Project! GlobalGiving offers gift certificates which can be used to donate to this project. Also, beginning December 1st, the initial donation made by recurring donors will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving. There is only $25,000 available in matching funds, so help us take advantage of this opportunity early!


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Creating Hope International (CHI)

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
carolyn dunlap
Dearborn, MI United States

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