Well here it is, Rajesh K Sharma. We hope you like it and find it useful. What began as a personal quest for wellness has culminated in this project. We would never have laid this all out like this in systematic form if it wasn’t for the interest from all our friends and colleagues. We would like to thank you all for your help and encouragement not only in our personal quests for wellness but in the research and development of this project. We couldn’t have done this without each and every one of you. First of all, we decided to keep the common names for each formula, rather than changing each suffix to the pinyin of “blend” or “essential of blend”

We are not fluent in Hindi, and we just felt that keeping the commonly used names of the blends would be easier and keep things as clear as possible for people attempting to use the book. You will note that there are certain oils we prefer to use more often than others. For yin, we will usually use Rose, Ylang Ylang and Jasmine. For spleen qi, we prefer Patchouli and Ginger. As a general yang tonic, our first choices will be Cinnamon and Ginger. These are just our preferences.

We like these oils for their functions and indications, but they are also common oils and most of them have few if any cautions. Preferred carrier oils include Sesame (nourish yin), Walnut (yang), Hazelnut (qi), Olive (blood), Safflower (move blood) and Jojoba (spleen qi/ drain damp.) For exogenous conditions, we will usually use Sweet Almond, although Bitter Almond is useful for dispersing lung qi. Carrier oils can be high maintenance though. Keep in mind they are of secondary importance to the blend. Use what you have. We have included thermal properties for most of the carriers, but the reader should bear in mind that it is the essential oils themselves that are going to account for most of the effects in that regard. Again, use what you have. It is more important to make sure the blend is properly diluted than it is to have the exact right carrier oil. If you have the recommended carrier, so much the better.