A Haitian monk brings home the gift of healing

Venerable Thupten Jinpa, a Haitian-born Tibetan Buddhist monk, was in meditation retreat in France on January 12, 2010, when his caretakers interrupted him with news of the terrible earthquake that devastated his native country.

Ven. Jinpa's first priority was to contact his father and make sure he was all right. This phone call, though heartbreaking, was the first step in an incredible journey of compassion, love and service.

The Naturopathic Relief Clinic in Haiti as needed as ever

Dear friends, 

Our free clinic is still there after almost nine year, in an average neighborhood of Port-au-Prince where 90% of the people cannot afford medical care, having offered free treatment to about 70,000 people!!!

This is more important than ever. Since the government hospitals continue to be on strike on and off during which the staff is not paid, most have left to work for expensive private hospitals. Until recently, most people could afford the small government hospital fees which have gone up a lot and have become unaffordable. This is why offering our free clinic remains a lifeline for tens of thousands every year.  And those patients who can continue to give donation in cash or kind to keep “their” clinic going.

Every year when the anniversary of the earthquake comes, we are reminded of why we started – people still go into states of panic as they remember what they went through, and the clinic fills with people who tremble uncontrollably and have racing hearts.

Jinpa is presently in New York City preparing to fly to further train the clinic staff. Unknown attackers opened gunfire onto the unpopular Haitian president last week, and while only his bodyguards were injured, this sparked riots anew. For safety, we chose not to have anyone who is not Haitian to go to Haiti. 

Jinpa and students at the fundraising retreat in Long Island organized by Megan

A Exploitation-Ridden Country

Many of you have asked about the current political situation in Haiti. Here is a little update: Haiti continues to be one of the planet’s poorest countries, named as being amongst those with the greatest levels of starvation. The north was hit by another devastating earthquake. Fuel prices recently increased by up to 51%, sparking days of violent protests and looting. While the local currency is rapidly losing value, there are many huge corruption scandals, such as that of Dominican Republic Senator Felix Bautista who embezzled millions of US dollars from the US destined to rebuild Haiti after the earthquake.

Photos such as this spread via social media spark riots: Where did the PetroCaribe money go?

Rampant corruption amongst local politicians is sparking more civil unrest in the PetroCaribe money corruption scandal, with millions more of public funds having gone missing. All of these crimes have majorly contributed to the unspeakable poverty of the common people.

Not Even the Most Basic Infrastructure

If we thought the water was dirty and causing widespread infectious disease last year, it became even worse and now is slimy. Thanks to the donated water filter, the clinic continues to give out clean water for free. Also, there is practically no public electricity in Haiti any more, and the clinic’s solar panel needed a charge controller and battery to be able to provide electricity also when there is no sun. The charge controller was kindly donated by Solar Energy International.  Thanks to lax French postal service not checking international safety rules, we were able to send a big bicycle battery to Haiti for the clinic – which is not allowed. Finally, our clinic ladies Camio and Marie-Lucie can recharge their phones in the long weeks when there is no electricity to stay in touch with us about treatment questions.

The Miracle Clinic

A few years ago, we were dubbed the “miracle doctors” – the neighborhood now calls us as the the “miracle clinic,” because they are amazed that the natural remedies can heal conditions which seem untreatable. We had many cases of first or second stage cancer which entirely disappeared with poke root tincture, both disease and cure diagnosed by a local medical doctor.

Children marked by chronic malnutrition

Here are a few other stories: A 6-year-old girl came to the clinic with eruptions on the scalp which itched so extremely, that she could no longer attend school. It has also caused all her hair to fall out. She received homeopathic Histaminium and Silica to heal itching and eruption and diluted Rosemary essential oil to help restore her hair. Her family was totally surprised when it regrew beautifully. She is now a happy little girl and back in school. The entire treatment probably cost about $1 USD.

Camio’s 88 year old mother fell walking and injured her hip. We treated her homeopathically first for a soft tissue inury, then for the swelling of her leg, and finally, once she received an x-ray 10 days after she fell, for a broken femur head (Arnica, Natrium mur., and Eupatorium perf., which is Boneset). She was x-rayed again a few days later in preparation for possible surgery at the hospital, when the examining doctor confronted Camio, “What did you do? She has no swelling, no pain, and the x-rays show that her that her bone set itself and is already starting to heal. She came into the hospital walking, yet people her age cannot with a broken femur head. What is going on?!?”

Camio explained that she is studying homeopathy and had treated her. The doctor then called all the interns to present them this case, saying “This is what I have been trying to teach you: this is what natural medicine can do!” Camio felt very proud for being asked to explain what she did in front of so many doctors, and we thought it was great that the x-rays showed that the Native American Indians were not wrong in calling Boneset a plant which sets bone. The natural treatment cost a few cents. This shows how naturopathic treatment is not only effective, but also economical.

The clinic’s dispensary shelf

The vitamin powder donated by Restorative Medicines have been very helpful for people with dizziness, anemia, general weakness, wasting, as well as amenorrhea from malnutrition. They come back saying that they are healed and — a nice bonus! — their sexual energy is back stronger than ever before. Well, that’s a nice measure of nutritional status… The side effect of this is that now, the clinic is flooded by young men wishing to receive the miracle medicine for sexual power! Of course we do not give the vitamins to them, but to those we think are the most malnourished and deprived. Such as the little girl on the photo above: She used to cry incessantly because her head was aching, so she could no longer attend school and ate cardboard, mud and stones off of the house walls, and pulled out her hair. This all can be the sign of extreme mineral deficiency. Since she received the multi-vitamin, all of those symptoms vanished and she is now back in school.

We have also managed to build up the clinic’s homeopathic remedies to a complete pharmacy. Special thanks to Hahnemann Labs in California for giving so generously to the clinic!

This clinic cannot continue without your help, so please donate via Paypal naturopathicreliefclinic@gmail.com or see http://haiti.citronica.com/help for an address to send remedies to.

Thank you once again for all of your support,
Love from Julia, Jinpa, and Michelle

With special thanks to our most recent donors:

  • Ven. Irene Turner
  • April Eya of Hahnemann Labs in California
  • Karen Williams of Aromatics International
  • Michael Friedman of Restorative Medicines
  • Anna Doxie of the Institute of Holistic Phyto-Aromatherapy
  • Julie Duffy of Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Solar Energy International (SEI)
  • The students at Thupten Jinpa’s  fundraising retreat, Thupten Puntsok, Sandra Lory and friends, Megan Mook, Leigh Warre, Michelle LaDue, Heidi Whooler, Ben Parker, Inaya Ahmed, Ileana Diaz, Paul Green, Tracy Chiu, Lucienne Villeneuve, Noga Shefi, Eugene Massey, Ani Tenzin Palmo, Kyle, and anyone else who escaped our attention…

Celebrating One Year Permanent Haiti Clinic

Dear Friends,

Severe skin afflictions due to contaminated water respond well to treatment with diluted essential oils

Hard to imagine but true, since we started running the clinic permanently one year ago, it has offered free service to an incredible 28,500 people! This brings the clinic’s total patient count up to almost 50,000! Marie-Lucie and Camio run clinic in two locations in Port-au-Prince area three days a week, as well as taking trips to an orphanage, going to the town of Léogane, as well as servicing another ghetto about 20 minutes by bus from where they usually work. Patients also come from the far reaches of the island by bus. Clinics were very needed as the government hospitals were on strike from December up to July, and all water is still contaminated leading to the most horrible skin afflictions. Many children are covered head to toe with skin sores.

While the political situation seemed to calm down over the summer, there are new severe political riots since September making Haiti quite dangerous, so our dreams of returning to the clinic is on hold again. The corrupt government increased taxes on all basic goods so much that the general population can no longer afford to run a small business or buy food, so now there is a general strike with all small businesses closed, no public transportation such as tabtabs, and wild street riots.

Training our Helpers

We are really impressed with how well it has worked to train Camio and Marie-Lucie, our former helpers, via video and whatsapp. It was easy for them to grasp the concept of holistic diagnosis and prescribing as it is very close to the traditional way of Haitian thinking. Camio says “I feel like I am living a dream. I always wanted to be a nurse, but did not have enough school education to do so. Thank you to all of you and the clinic, here I am now treating the sick which is something I love, and people even call me ‘doctor,’” she laughs. But when expressing their gratitude to all of you for being given the chance to work in such a meaningful way healing others, they both shed tears of gratitude.

People continue to stop by Camio’s house outside of clinic hours for medical emergency service, and we had to ask both to not work more than three days a week (which means seeing about 300 people) so they would not burn out. They were both very surprised when we gave them the total number of how many people they had already seen in the year which passed (28 500 to date), not having noticed the enormity of their work.

Marie-Lucie and Camio

Leaf Doctors

Amongst all the good natural remedies we send, homeopathy and essential oils are very popular, and also the dried herbs receive special attention. Haitians call herbalists “docteurs feuilles,” leaf doctors. For them, plant leaves mean medicine. They usually receive a small amount of dried herbs for tea at the clinic and return after some time, saying “please could I have some more of those leaves – they are really efficient! My symptoms are much better/gone.” One such example is Wormwood, a very bitter aromatic tea, for indigestion and intestinal parasites. Julia gave a detailed account of the use of essential oils at the clinic at the IFPA conference in London in September.

The Locals own “Their Clinic” 

It is not all bad that we, the “magical,” “rich” people from America and Europe cannot be at the clinic. When we were there, the Haitians liked to be the victims. Since we are no longer present, they are taking responsibility themselves so that the clinic so precious and important to them can continue. For instance, the people at the main post office intercept the parcels we mail from France, put them into their personal bags and thus sneak them by customs when leaving work. This saves the clinic an incredible amount of customs payments – and the post office workers come for free treatment in turn.

The Haitians Chip In

We have always been careful not to create and foster more dependence on foreign help than necessary. Since the clinic has been open three days a week for the last year, more and more locals asked why all service was free? They started to bring gallons of vegetable oil for the aromatherapy blends out of gratitude and some insisted to pay. “I would pay if I saw the doctor – the doctor does not help me and you cured my condition. I should pay you!” So we decided to put up a donation box. The clinic receives all kinds of donations now of those who can afford to offer something, from cash for supplies such as surgical gloves to alcohol for the homeopathic preparations, clean bottled water for the herbs, honey, molasses, and even living chicken. We are very pleased to see that the patients so appreciate the service that they are happy to participate in small ways to keep the project going. These donations help us reduce costs for clinic supplies. At the same time, we have continued to reach out to the desperately poor and street children (these two groups represent 80% of the patients), making it clear that they are seen for free. The street children have the worst of all cases of skin disease, as they have no home, bath, or parents to take care of them. We are grateful to Marie-Lucie and Camio, two compassionate women, who enjoy taking care of these children otherwise so badly neglected.

Jinpa supporting Camio and Marie-Lucie via Whatsapp from France

Seeing more Chronic Diseases

The clinic’s permanence has also shifted the kind of diseases we see – it is increasingly also becoming a clinic for chronic diseases also. As patients with acute disease such as eczema, heart palpitations or insomnia heal, they return to ask for help with their stomach ulcers, liver disease or cancer. Due to junk food, hormonal birth control and environmental toxins, cancer and especially breast caner is now quite widespread. People react very well to the natural remedies we provide, and thanks to the Youtube training videos we continue to make, Camio and Marie-Lucie learning to treat solid tumors, as well. External application of diluted essential oils works very well to combat the wound infections when tumors break through the skin, herbal Pokeroot and various homeopathics helps to shrink the tumors.

Fighting the Lack of the Most Basic Infrastructure

We were very happy to be able to add a small solar panel to the clinic’s minimal equipment, as the constant power-outs made phone contact next to impossible. This is still very much needed, as Julia and Jinpa continue to provide medical advice in difficult cases almost on a daily basis. A very good water filter is on its way (thank you, John!), as tap water is highly contaminated and most bottled water a fraud – that is, it is not clean spring water but contaminated tap water sold as bottled spring water.

Drying Artemisia annua for malaria treatment to send to Haiti

Outlook – an Herb Garden!

We have made three attempts before to establish an herb garden, the last of which was destroyed by the neighbor’s scratching hens. We have now found a small piece of safer land (chicken-free!) in which we will try again. Our hope is that the clinic can grow its own supply of those herbs which will grow in a tropical country, such as Calendula. And of course we will continue the video training for our two ladies!

This clinic cannot continue without your help, so please donate via Paypal naturopathicreliefclinic@gmail.com or see http://haiti.citronica.com/help for an address to send remedies to.

Thank you once again to all the donors as well as to Michelle who has worked very hard packing and shipping mountains of boxes over the last months to keep the clinic well supplied!

Love from Julia, Jinpa, and Michelle

Plastic rice and plastic chicken

By now, the Naturopathic Clinic has been running permanently for almost four months, being open two days a week or more as needed in one of the poor neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince. The women are seeing about 160 people per week, bringing the total of people treated for free up to 24,500 patients to date!

Also, after 1-1/2 years of boycott by the losing opposition, the elected new president has finally been inaugurated. Whether or not this will stop the street riots fed by the corrupt opposition remains to be seen. Haiti has seen an unabated series of disasters since the hurricane, and we have to figure out a new problem every week. The problems are compounded by the fact that the government hospitals have been on strike for the last two months and more people than ever are flocking to our clinic.

Plastic rice and plastic chicken

End of December, we started receiving the oddest of videos from Haiti with a call for help – everyone was sick from eating plastic rice. Not new to China, contraband rice made from melted white and clear plastic bags has flooded Haiti. Impossible to tell apart from real rice, it cooks slightly more sticky, tastes normal enough, and leaves the victim nauseated, bloated, and constipated. We were not able to figure out a homeopathic remedy for “sick from eating plastic”, however a laxative helped instantaneously.

Since we could not afford the rare and now expensive castor oil, we told people to resort to the old Haitian home remedy for constipation: drinking soap water, the poor man’s laxative. The crew figured out that using digestive essential oils in a 1 % blend rubbed on the belly, immediately made people belch a lot and brought on stool, much to the relief of the sufferers. Thank you again to Madeleine from Levensboom for those oils!!!

Within a week, there were plastic vermicelli in Haiti and were people asked to light their noodles before cooking them, for if they burnt easily and released toxic fumes, they were the criminal stuff and dangerous. Try to imagine if you are extremely hungry already and finally manage to buy one meager meal for your family, only to find out some Chinese bandits made it out of plastic…

About a week after that, the market got flooded with plastic chicken breast pieces, and videos went around teaching people how to identify the fake stuff from the real. The last we heard is that they found plastic lettuce.

People have asked us, “Who on earth would do such a thing?” Well, people with no ethics whatsoever. I heard that if those criminals manage to market just one batch of the contraband fake food, they gain so much money that it makes the risk of getting caught worthwhile.

We think that Haiti is somewhat of a testing ground for these things right now, because the country has had no functioning system of governance nor justice for a long time. Haiti is also so small, it cannot defend itself on an international level.

A special thanks to ERO Charitable Foundation for their grant to the clinic, which includes a budget for castor oil! Their contribution will cover the clinic until end of March.

Mysterious epidemic

As if all of this were not enough, in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew most chicken died from a mysterious disease. Hungry as people are, many ate the dead birds in spite of warnings not to. Since then, many of them suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, and very severe rashes and infected skin eruptions. Even the local authorities do not know what it is, and as it is contagious, it spreads within the families.

Since it seems to be a bacterial infection, we are now treating it with cautious internal doses of essential oils of tea tree, palmarosa, and rosalina (thanks to expert aromatherapist Rhiannon Harris for helping with this, and again to Madeleine for the oils!) along with homeopathic Silica. As a result, all symptoms vanish within a few days. Homeopathic Silica is a real hit for pus-filled skin sores especially on the head (thank you, Hahnemann Labs!).

“They call us doctors!”

Jinpa and Julia have been making a series of training videos on emergency homeopathy in French-Créole for the staff, as phone lines always break down after a few minutes, not allowing for in-depth explanation of anything. Camio and Marie-Lucie have been working with us for the past 7 years, learning the basics from watching us do. They are now seeing patients, and sending us text messages when they get stuck with a difficult case.

The neighborhood has fully embraced their work, knocking on their doors in the middle of the night to call them to an emergency, or lining up in front of the clinic door in the mornings to say thank you and report how much better they feel. “They call me ‘doctor’ now!” Camio exclaimed a bit embarrassed.

Maybe I can sneak off with the last milk powder…

In one case, she saw a little boy with severe dizziness, nausea, and weakness. Through good case-taking, she understood he was just much too hungry to function, and went to buy a little bottle of Ovomaltine nutritional powder for him from her own money. When she walked down the road a little later, she heard him call “Doctor, doctor, I’m all better, see, I’m playing soccer now!”

Another time when she walked home, she hear a voice call “Miss, miss!” It was a woman. “Do you see the child playing there? You saved her life last week, when she almost died!” Nothing better than restoring a child’s desire to run and play! The very beneficial work has greatly increased the self-esteem and social status of these formerly unemployed women.

What’s new? Helping the Haitians to help themselves

Grateful for the treatment they have received, and for the effectiveness of the natural remedies, people are increasingly offering whatever little money they can spare to contribute to the clinic’s running costs. “The doctor and the antibiotics did not help me, and you did, and it was even for free!” many have said.

We decided to put up a donation box, allowing everyone to contribute as they wish or can. We also feel that this is a good step towards the clinic being more of a community-supported effort, rather than something that some other rich country makes happen for them. We will use this cash to help buy the plastic bottles and vegetable base oil we use to dispense remedies. One very grateful patient returned with a gallon of oil! This is real grassroots work – encouraging the Haitians to help themselves, rather than staying victims.

In the consultation chair

Here is our favorite selection of cute children’s photos for this time – again heart-breaking to see how starved many look:

The clinic is making a huge difference. Camio told us “although the children are still not eating, the clinic makes such a difference in their lives that they are healthy and do well in school. We hear the same from the orphanage, where the teachers are surprised that thanks to the remedies, the hungry children are still learning and playing. Meci bon dié, thank you God and bless the people who are sending help!”

Please help us keep the clinic alive and going, any donations are greatly welcome, as always via Paypal or directly through one of us. We are really looking for a donation of lavender essential oil!

—Julia, Jinpa, and Michelle (our shipping heroine!)

Jinpa and Julia teaching homeopathy in French-Créole to the staff

Winter update

We are pleased to announce that since Hurricane Matthew, the clinic has treated more than 1,800 people for free.

The marketplace in Petionville, Port-au-Prince, was set on fire by the losing political parties, forcing us to temporarily discontinue our mobile clinic in the Petionville ghetto.

Before giving you more clinic updates, allow us to explain a bit about the political situation in Haiti. The island has been without proper government for more than a year, because the election results were said to be fraudulent. So after a full year of political chaos and street riots, Haiti finally voted two weeks ago, the results having been proclaimed last week. Jovenel Moïse who won one year ago won again with a strong majority of 56%.

His political opponents had already called to riots before the election results were published, and those riots continue right now. They are expected to last through mid-January, when Mr. Moïse finally gets sworn in. He succeeds the former president, first in a long time to neither be corrupt nor hold on to power, and is seen as a man of the people. We think this is why his opponents-generally corrupt-caused such an uproar about his election.

In general, the clinic has been open almost every day, though it was closed more than we would have liked through these turbulent times. Jinpa’s assessment of the situation is that “it’s so cheap in Haiti to pay a few people to start a riot in your favor.” Everyone is hungry and out of work. So why not get paid to help cause a riot?

Michelle preparing thousands of Arnica capsules to be sent; Julia labeling bottles in Créole.

In the meantime, many donations of medicine have arrived in New York and France. We already have sent some and are preparing the rest to be shipped. Thank you for all the wonderful contributions!

Making the clinic permanent

Jinpa receiving a box of essential oil donations to ship.

As for the clinic, our team of three women will be able to continue working for the weeks to come. Keelan, a male nurse from Canada will join them for two weeks in mid-January. Camio, Marie-Lucie, and Nelia have now experienced the joy of saving lives and are very dedicated to the task. They all know aromatherapy very well, and we have given them some Skype classes on homeopathy to advance their skills—a real challenge with ever-failing electricity and phone lines.

More supplies are in the mail as the clinic has run out of essential oils. This is a good exercise for the team to find a homeopathic remedy for the same condition they usually treat with essential oils. For instance, we helped them work out that Pulsatilla and Aconite work well for the kind of palpitations in the highly stressed poor women fighting to make a few pennies to keep their children alive. (I can’t say “fed”, because that sounds like full meals.) They also report great success treating head colds, pain, etc.

The team at Woodland Essence not only sent fabulous herbs and herbal salves, but also toys for the children.

What is most remarkable is that people say again and again that the natural treatments not only eliminate their symptoms, but actually strengthens them so that they do not relapse for several months afterwards. This goes from colds and flu to worms and vaginal infections. We are thrilled by this confirmation that natural remedies strengthen our life force rather than weakening it.

Administering homeopathic cina for worms in water.

Our goal is to keep the clinic running two days a week, always at the same time, so people know when it is open and can travel there to get treatment. We are also hoping to revive the mobile clinic, once the streets are safe enough for the team to go into other parts of town.

It is really a gift of hope

While the clinic has a very good track record of healing, what is almost more important is that it offers a beacon hope. It breaks our hearts to receive the photos and see the hopelessness written all over people’s faces, and to see how skinny and hungry people look.

The photo on the left betrays that, in order for the parents be able to afford sending their children to school, they have to starve them. The photo on the right shows people waiting in line to be seen at the Petionville clinic (inside a church).

People often ask us, “Why does this always happen in Haiti?” The simple answer is that Haiti is quite capable of sustaining itself, but repeated foreign invasions have broken down that ability (such as France, Germany, and the United States repeatedly stealing Haiti’s gold reserves by force).

Children come to the clinic after school.

Furthermore, Haiti is in the main path of hurricanes, and with climate change the storms are now more frequent and more severe. The island is also situated on a major fault line running all the way to Mexico, so earthquakes are to be expected. But because it’s such a poor country, everything is built with inferior construction materials, which makes buildings in Haiti more vulnerable to earthquakes and hurricane winds than buildings in richer countries.

Lastly, Haiti used to be able to sustain itself with its own agricultural production, but foreign aid has changed the market in a way that makes it impossible for local farmers to compete, leaving them impoverished. Food from industrial agriculture made in USA has flooded the market, pushing out local goods such as rice and lemons. See “The Curse of Charity in Haiti” for more about this problem.

Once again, thank you to all our donors! Learn more about how you can help us bring the gift of healing to this beautiful country.

Camio making an essential oil blend—we ask patients who live nearby to bring a bottle with a little vegetable oil for their blends. Right: It takes some explaining for people to understand how the tiny homeopathic granules can be powerful enough to heal.

We did it again!

Julia and Michelle in the ocean of suitcases

Each year we wonder how on earth we could ever pull another clinic together, and then, thanks to so many small and great gestures of help from so many, there it is: another free clinic for 3,000 people, bringing our total to 21,000! So many donations arrive with sweet greeting cards and so much love sent along to the Haitian people. We want to also extend special thanks to our friend in Staten Island, who lets us use his apartment each year as a storage warehouse and package area for the 9 suitcases we prepared — thank you, Puntsok!

This year, it seems that even more people than ever streamed to the clinic, the word of our coming spreading so fast, and more people coming from farther away than ever before. People would line up in front of the gates starting at 6 am, and kept on coming even after clinic closing hours into the night. Many of them were seriously sick, so it was hard to turn them away, leaving the clinic staff exhausted. For instance, when we left the gate one morning on our way to hold clinic in one of our mobile locations, we found about 15 very sick people who had traveled for several hours on a very bumpy bus to come see us. They were incredibly disappointed when they heard we would not have clinic in that location that day. We quickly held counsel, and decided to unpack the basics and treat them there first, before going on to our ghetto location.

Old as the Hills

As our accidental large-scale public health study continues, we are finding that the really old people are quite robust and fit — those who are now around 80 years of age. In the meantime, the generation of the now 50 to 60 year olds who have grown up with the blessings of civilization and modern life are quite sick, much worse off by comparison — with diabetes, kidney and liver problems, cysts (a problem new to Haiti), heartburn, low nutritional status due to no longer eating greens from one’s own backyard, and tumors.

The most incredible illustration of that was a very fit 145-year-old lady who walked in, who came from across the island on a bus with her youngest daughter, now 75. Very alert and engaged, she blessed everyone as she went along, and marveled what a blessing it was to receive free natural care at the clinic — a gift from heaven! While some of these numbers may not hold up in modern day linear time count, she did seem as old as the hills, and so did her youngest daughter.

In the same vein, the children have increasingly small and weak teeth inflicted with caries, and we went through our supply of clove oil very fast, giving it out for tooth ache. Such are the blessings of highly refined and processed foods.

This time we did not encounter a new epidemic, but rather a new kind of widespread skin rash. Thanks to all the wonderful donated essential oils we’ve received, we quickly found that lemon oil was most effective at treating the itchy rash. The very special gift of chamomile essential oil was wonderful for massaging the bellies of feverish babies, curing their fever overnight in many instances. The rosemary essential oil instantly treats the typical dizziness from anaemia and low blood pressure due to malnutrition, as well as hypertension-related headaches (which lavender treats as well). The respiratory and digestive blends (topically) are very effective, as are the joint rubs.

Happy children at the orphanage after receiving flower essences

Most remarkably, there was a wave women diagnosed by their doctors as having ovarian cysts. These women do not have the money for the operation, so they come to our clinic for help. We give them a blend of essential oils including thyme, lemon thyme or oregano, and the women report that this rubbed onto their bellies dissolves the cysts. It has been so successful, that many of them send their friends for the same treatment. Why thyme and its botanical relatives? Simply because we heard from many women whom we had given essential oil blends with thyme for their digestion that it dissolved their cysts as a secondary effect. While we cannot confirm the cysts are gone, we have to assume so, as all of their symptoms abide. Some women even told us that they were infertile due to the cysts, and after the treatment, they got pregnant.

Dancing Patients

Pierro making essential oil blends

One night after the clinic had closed for the day, an old lady came by, bent over with stiffness. Michelle agreed to needle her and after the treatment, to her own complete amazement, the lady was able to stand up straight. In good Haitian manner, she exclaimed “This can’t be true! It must be the chair I was sitting on!” She came back the next morning dancing to show us how much better she was.

We have many similar cases of the stiff elders being helped with homeopathic Rhus tox, and they often return to the clinic to dance for us to show off their newly found flexibility. And thanks to the FES flower essence sprays, we also have a lot of smiling children at the clinic. So while life is tough and suffering great, it never gets too gloomy at the clinic.

Giving Life a Second Chance

One of our main motivations in starting the clinic was to give the younger generation a new chance at life after the horrendous trauma of surviving a massive earthquake. Years later, we are very happy to report that this actually happened. For example, there was an 18-year-old girl who came to our clinic, still in shock after having been been raped a few months prior. She was no longer able to pay attention in school, and she kept repeating that she absolutely never ever wanted to get married. She was also suffering from a vaginal infection ever since the rape. We treated her with homeopathic Staphysagria, the flower essence combinations Grief and Fearless, an essential oil blend for vaginal infections, and an Oshadhi essential oil blend for mental focus. She quickly overcame most of her trauma and was able to resume her schoolwork, just in time to accomplish her baccalaureat (A-levels).

Another mother came to the clinic simply to recount all the different times we had treated her daughter, and all the things we had helped her overcome: injuries from the earthquake, a state of shock that made her unable to study, irregular menstrual periods, stomachache and heartburn, and anemia. Her mother ending this list by saying, “and now she is doing great in school and just got her baccalaureat and she is headed for university (free for poor people in Haiti who pass the entrance exams) — thanks to you and the clinic and God bless you and everyone who sent you!”

Hip hip hurrah! We did it again!

Jinpa, Michelle, and Julia

With endless thanks for your support:

  • The Flower Essence Society
  • April Eya of Hahnemann Laboratories, California
  • Ven. Irene Turner
  • Sandra Kong and Neil Jacobs
  • Michael Friedman and family of Restorative Medicines
  • Lora Cantele of Enhancements Aromatherapy
  • Melanie of Aromadelavnice, Slovenia and friends
  • Kate Gildae of Woodland Essence
  • Vivien Williamson of Sun Essences
  • Eva of Oshadhi, Spain
  • Gabriel Mojay of The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London
  • Mihael Kovač of Favn and Maša from Slovenia
  • Bibi Hallam of Tazeka Aromatherapy
  • Dawn Chan, Beyond Aromatherapy, Hong Kong and her friends
  • Wendy Belcourt of Ecole Internationale de Bien-Etre Toulouse and their students
  • Jonathan Hinde of Oshadhi UK
  • Madeleine Knapp-Hayes of Levensboom NL
  • Ann Harman of Circle H Institute
  • Atanas Krachmarov of Ecomaat Bulgaria
  • Cary Caster of 21 Drops
  • Pierre Olanier of Le Comptoir Aroma
  • Isabelle Roux – La Dame au Grand Cru de Ravintsara
  • Amanda Lo from Hong Kong
  • Eliane Zimmermann and her students
  • The vendors at Botanica
  • Guilherme Oberlander of Tunupa Brazil
  • Joe Nasr of Avicenna
  • Terra Flor Aromaterapia Brazil
  • Penny Price
  • Clare Licher of Phibee Aromatics
  • Evelyn et Jackie de Verdon Roses et Aromes
  • Fionna, Jana Eitner, Mara Dojalik
  • Florihana for extending a discount for the oils

Amy Chan, Bink Mak, Bobby Chow, Fonnie.com (representing Fonnie, Winky, Dorcas Yu, Krous, Cindy, Chiu Ka Po, Patricia Wong, Helen, Clara and Ada Lai), RositaCares Clinical Aromatherapy and Nursing Services, Sarah Chan, Wynnie Ng, Christopher Horwood, Irmtraut Hoffmann, Lili Chopra and family, Lata Kennedy, Catherine Wing, Alexandra Spadea, Julia Williams, Julia Mandle, Wagner Mello, Marie-Helene Carleton, Nanette Nelms, Leigh Warre, Michael Gordon, Edward Sczudlo, Hector Malacaria, Elizabeth Johnson, Bonu deCaires, Bree Sharp, ALOHA, Bibi Hallam, Julie Mannes, Antony Cestra, Sabine Spanjer, Sarah Hamady, Julia Hengst, Yee Ming Chiu, Alexandre Apparu, Bradley Grossman, Adela-Marie Carter, Gary Schwartz, Joseph Maggio, Sakura Moriya, Rebecca’s Designs and Finds, Theresa Richmond, Jennifer Skoda, Sarah Tomlinson, Laressa Dickey, Grace Sullivan, Elizabeth van der Pas, Rachel Chaput, Andreas Ansmann, Paul Gruen, Rolf Grooten, Alexander Brebner, Julia Williams, Amy Goodman-Kiefer, Miriam Parker, Robert Pike, Susannah Slocum, Barbara Lawrence, John Son, Robert Fitzpatrick, Sarah Heller, Brian Shebairo, Peter Heatley, Jaime Schultz, Amy Hosig, Lusia Wendler, Rosalie Logan, Linda LaDue, Kristen Duff, Lilia Mead and Go Yoga, Richard LaDue, Shannon Roberts, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Geoffrey Gorden, Christine, Elizabeth, Stephanie, Cynthia Siu, Nancy Allen, Julie Tudor, Catherine Yeager, Nina Gage, David Murphy, Steven Stathis, Ken, Donna Mah, Ed Hush, Maria Cutrone, Conrad Carl, Juan, Leah Kreger, Preeti Chawla, Lorraine Thompson, Astrid Prosi Havez, Jeff Lopez, Flavia Cardoso, Mary Ellen Obias, Michael Wick…

…and anyone else we may have missed!