Essiac Tea has a fascinating history as a natural cure for cancer. The name is actually a reversal of that belonging to the Canadian nurse who recognized and studied the herbal remedy, a woman named Rene Caisse. She was witness to a remarkable recovery her patient made from a terminal form of cancer. This patient was healed by an herbalist of the Ojibway tribe, and the four herbs that the healer used were subsequently studied and found to have a substantial effect on many cancer cases.
The four herbs that make up Essiac Tea are Slippery Elm, Burdock Root, Sheep Sorrel, and Turkey Rhubarb (Indian Rhubarb).
NB: It should be noted that neither the American Cancer Society nor the National Cancer Institute support the use of Essiac Tea as a cancer therapy.
Natural Cures: Essiac Tea is primarily regarded as a cancer remedy, also possibly as a general antibiotic.
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Breast Cancer, Sinus Polyps
10/22/2009: Tee from Chicago, Il: "This a question for the person Who used the essiac tea. I wanted to know how do you brew it specifically? Can the herbs be used again? When u let it cool do u warm it back up to drink it again?"Replies
12/26/2009: Wayne from Las Vegas, Nv, Nevada replies: "THE ESSIAC FORMULA AS DEVELOPED BY RENE CAISSE
6 1/2 CUPS OF BURDOCK ROOT (CUT)
16 OUNCES SHEEP SORREL HERB (POWDER)
1 OUNCE TURKEY RHUBARB ROOT (POWDER)
4 OUNCE SLIPPERY ELM BARK (POWDER)
MIX INGREDIENTS THORUOGHLY IN DRY STATE.
PREPARATIONS OF ESSIAC TEA
measure out 1 cup (8 ounces heaping) of the essiac mix, dry formula of the above. store the remainder of essiac dry mix in dark dry area.
two gallons of distilled water in stainless steel kettle.
bring water to a hard boil.
put the 1 cup (8 ounces heaping) of the essiac mix into the boiling water. stir and boil hard 10 minutes. then turn off stove and let sit.
scrape down sides of kettle so all essiac is under water.
allow to sit for 12 hours.
turn on high heat and heat essiac for 20 minutes. turn off stove.
immediately pour the contents through a stainless strainer into a second stainless kettle. clean the first kettle thoroughly then strain contents a second time from pot two back into pot one. bottle the tea immediately into dark amber glass bottles and seal when hot. fill each bottle to the top so no oxygen can enter. tighten caps and let the bottled essiac cool to room temperature. retighten caps and store in refrigerator.
DIRECTIONS FOR THE ORAL USE OF ESSIAC
heat two ounces (four tablespoons) of distilled water, then mix it with two ounces of essiac tea taken directly from the refrigerator. essiac should be taken at bed time on an empty stomach, at least two hours after eating. it can be taken in the morning on an empty stomach. if taken in the morning, do not eat for at least two hours after taking the essiac. keep the essiac refrigerated at all times. shake well each time before pouring."
09/28/2012: Biff from Clemson, Sc replies: "These instructions should work well with a gas burner stove, however, I personally would never make this recipe with an electric stove & certainly not a microwave.
Also, store it in the fridge as far away from the fridges motor as possible. Even if you have to cook this tea on a grill, DO NOT USE ELECTRIC."
[YEA] 10/21/2009: Celteyes from Pearland, Texas, USA: "I used the 4 herb essiac tea when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I took 2 ounces in 2 ounces of water, 3 to 4 times daily. I was told by my naturopath that all herb is not created equal. I remember when I first went to a health food store and bought it. It didn't smell like anything and I didn't know it was suppose to. It was kind of white like oatmeal. After finding my wonderful naturopath she told me where to buy the high quality herbs. I have to say when delivered I could smell it before I opened the box. It was 4 packets of measured herb in different amounts. Those 4 packets make 2 gallons of tea..enough for a month of treatment for a cancer patient. That may be why it didn't work for some. It was dead or old herb. It is a little bit of a pain to make the tea but the great results are worth it. I am told that a cancer patient should never use the capsules or concentrated tea but only the one you have to brew yourself.
I started giving this tea to my children also and my teenage son had problems with sinus polyps from severe allergies I guess. One day after about a month of drinking the tea only twice a day, he sneezed out...I know this will gross some of you out...but he sneezed out 3 polyps. One was the size of a dime..yuck! This tea has been a Godsend for my family."Replies
01/18/2010: Karen from Fresno, Tx, Usa replies: "Can you tell me how I can get in touch with your naturopath and where you ordered the herbs from? Thanks."
02/21/2010: Djohns1954 from Gardena, Ca, Usa replies: "Can you tell me how I can get in touch with your naturopath and where you ordered the herbs from? Thanks. Don - email@example.com"
06/09/2011: Kristi from Noblesville, In, America replies: "Where did you order your herbs? I have a cat in desperate need of good herbs to help stop a growth on her head. Thank you,"
[YEA] 06/12/2011: Debbi from Hoquiam, Wa replies: "I have been taking Essiac tea since 2003, following surgery for breast cancer, chemo, radiation, and 5 years of Tamoxifen. I went through all that not knowing what else to do at the time. I have since discovered Earth Clinic and other wonderful sites and have put myself in charge of my health care! My partner makes the tea for me from an organic Essiac blend that we get online from Starwest Botanicals. He uses stainless utensils and sterilizes the jar, lid, and strainer before using. I have been cancer-free for 9 years and owe it to good humor, laughter, love, communing with nature and Essiac. I believe that Essiac has helped strengthen my immune system. I do not get colds or flu. (Life is good! )"
08/11/2011: Mahasen from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "I just went and bought the Essiac blend in a liquid form from a health food store for sinus polyps/congestion...can anyone shed some light on this? I didn't buy the tea because it just seemed like a labor intensive process. The liquid says just to take 2-4 teaspoons a day. I'm just wondering if I will still get results even if I'm not brewing the tea."
10/12/2011: Claudette from Exeter, Missouri, Usa replies: "Do not buy essiac tea at the health food store... It is too expensive. You can get it at a very affordable whole sale price at bulk-essiac-tea.com
Everything you need to know about Rene Caisse with live videos of her is found there. You will be very grateful that you did. I have friends who have been using this tea with great results. If you want to get it already made you can contact me for more details at mcgbb4(at)aol.com."
[YEA] 08/15/2009: Cheryl from Davenport, Iowa: "I have discovered that Essiac Tea, a known cancer cure from the Ojibwa Canadian natives, and cures baldness and gets rid of grey hair in some cases. It causes one's hair to grow back in it's original color (if bald or grey both man and beast.)
Essiac Tea also cured several friends of mine from Cancer, and put them in remission. I tryed it on my 13 year old female collie (Lassie) as she has vistibular syndrome, and a brain tumor is suspected. Her hair was thining and lightened up to a apricot, despite the vitamines and KD diet she was on. So I put her on Essiac Tea, and some of the centeral vistibular symptoms vanished, her blind eye streightened right around and now she can see out of it, her thinning hair grew back in sable red, and became very thick, the way it was when she was young. She no longer appears to be dying, but it appears as if she has turned around she she has beat this "death gene!" Essiac has been known to cure a few other ailements such as ackne, skin problems, and diabetis.
As far as exact measurements, you can google Essiac Tea, ____.com, _____.com or _____.com to get them. The measurements acording to the weight of the person or animal are in the box, and on line."
02/18/2010: Ann from Calmar, Ia replies: "How long did it take before having results for baldness?"
[NAY] 03/15/2009: Tom from Manhattan, New York: "Essiac Tea: I lost a loved one to Colon cancer... she drank the tea for while but didn't notice any improvement... I am neither recommending nor refuting it's claims. However I wouldn't rely on it just it alone but perhaps include it on a wholistic lifestyle change and approach."
Essiac Tea Preparation Instructions
10/23/2009: Celteyes from Pearland, Texas: "In response to questions re essiac tea.
You will need a big stainless steel pot. Never use aluminum. Another big pot, can be glass or pyrex or stainless to pour the liquid while straining. A stainless steel strainer.
32ounce amber glass bottles to store your finished product in.
You will need 3 for a half batch and 6 for a full batch.
The tea is light sensitive so if you can't find amber bottles you need to cover your bottles with aluminum foil.
1. To make the 2 gallon recipe- Mix the 4 herbs together. (appr. 1 cup) (you may cut the recipe in half if you wish, but it is recommended you halve each package of the herbs first, then mix them together. The reason for this is that the powdered herbs, such as the Turkey Rhubarb fall to the bottom and your recipe will not be evenly divided if you don't split them first.)
2. Full recipe- bring 2 gallons of distilled or spring water to a boil. If using half the recipe bring 1 gallon to boil. Stir in herbs replace the lid and boil for 10 minutes.
3. Turn off the stove, scrape down sides, mix well and allow pot to sit and remain closed for 12 hours. (this is the steaping and extraction process)
4.Reheat to almost boiling, anout 10 minutes. Let cool just a little and begin the straining process. Strain as many times as you like. A little herb left in the liquid will not hurt it in any way. Reheat the liquid once again for 2 to 3 minutes only. This will kill any bacteria in the tea that may have entered from the straining process and help keep it from spoiling.
5. Using funnel or glass measuring cup, put your hot liquid into preheated bottles. You can heat the bottles in the oven at 200 degrees-5 or 10 minutes. Do not put caps in the oven!
6. Cap and let cool and then put in the refrigerator. This will be good for 2 weeks. Label the day you made it and the day it expires. If you have some left over in 2 weeks, bring it back to a boil to re-sterilize it and you can use it for 2 more weeks. Then it must be discarded
Directions for use: Mix 2 ounces of the tea with 2 ounces of hot water. Distilled or spring. Never heat this formula or the water in a microwave! Take on an empty stomch for better absorbability. Wait 10 to 20 minutes before eating. This herbal tea is non toxic in proper doses. These herbs will stimulate the body to throw off toxins and therefore it is important that you drink plenty of clean spring water and have regular bowel movements.
Recommended supplementation 3 to 4 times daily for cancer and other serious ailments, twice a day for chronic and once a day for maintenance and gentle detoxification."
04/28/2013: Lyne from Sunshine Coast, Australia: "I have read that it is sheeps sorrel that was a stronger cancer fighter in the mix/
04/28/2013: Lyne from Sunshine Coast, Australia replies: "Also seems the herbs are sold under other names such as 4 herb formula or sheep sorrel as sold by this website [commercial website deleted] I have found with some good info also."
01/03/2013: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada: "Has anybody taken Essiac Tea as general supplement to build the immunity. Pls provide your experience. Thanks"
10/24/2011: Tuzcue from Little Rock, Ar, United States: "WE CAN'T FIND ULMUS RUBRA ( SLIPPERY ELM) IN TURKEY. DO YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE CAN I USE INSTEAD OF THIS BARK?"Replies
10/25/2011: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Mullein leaf or Marshmallow root would be the best subs for S.E."
Leukemia, Pneumonia, Colds
[YEA] 04/08/2009: Pat from W. Springfield, PA/USA: "My husband was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, and put on the drug Gleevec. Over the next year, he came down with pneumonia three times. So after doing a little research, I started giving him 5 ounces of essiac tea a day as well as 12,000 mg of vitamin C a day (4 tablets with each meal). It's been three years since he started taking essiac, and he hasn't had pneumonia or even a cold since then. Also he had growths on his saliva gland that completely disappeared without any medical treatment, and his doctor said his leukemia is in remission."
[YEA] 03/25/2009: Susan from Inland Empire, Ca: "My mother had lung cancer back in 1995. She was given Essiac tea from Canada as a cure for her cancer. It was only avialble from Canada back then. She prepared it as the direction requestions, where everything had to be sterile. She drank it as the directions told. She was also under a doctors care being trated with chemo, blood transfusions. She did not tell her doctor that she was consuming this tea. I remember sitting with her at one appointment when her doctor said the tumor was shrinking and how amazed he was. We looked at each other and just smiled. We knew it was the tea and not the chemo or tranfusions that was shrinking the tumor. One warning was given to her back then, which to this day I don't understand. If you stop drinking it, the cancer will come back even more fast and furious. She stopped drinking the tea because she thought her life insurance for her kids would be less if she lived any longer. Her cancer progreesed quicker and entered her brain until she passed in the hospital Monday morning Columbus Day. I believe it did help shrink the tumor and would have kept her alive for a normal life span, but think she needed to wean off the tea rather stop it so abrubtly."Replies
[YEA] 05/25/2009: Joy from Denver, CO replies: "After reading your post it reminded me of my step-dad, Walt, who passed away in 03 of brain cancer. Originally it started as prostate ('98) and then progressed to bone and then to brain. He had the prostate cancer for many years and managed to keep it under control via many different methods like...doctor recommendatations such as radiation implants, stricter diet protocals, those big ole crazy mushrooms that you grow and then drink in a tea - Gombocha.. I think.
In the beginning of '02 he was diagnosed as having bone cancer, so the cancer had progressed significantly. He was given a year to live. At that point, or somewhat thereafter, he began the Essiac Tea. Throughout that year he had very little pain. We were all so thankful and amazed that his pain levels were so manageable, as bone cancer is supposed to be awfully pain-filled - according to his doctors.
Sadly in the middle of that year he left off making and drinking the tea due to his father coming down sick and needing a caretaker. Within 4 months he was diagnosed with brain cancer. (I had never heard that if you leave off taking the Essiac your cancer will progress with a vengence, but that seems to be the case with my Dad too!) He passed in January of '03.
I must say that I believe in the power of Essiac tea. I think it caused my Dad to have a much more pain free and liveable life during his last year. I mean he was super active until about 2 months before the end.
Please read "Calling of an Angel" by Gary Glum. It's an interesting book that describes the origin of Essiac tea. There are lots of people out there who want to capitalize on Essiac, but they are not doing/selling it the way Rene (the discoverer) would have done it. Never use a tincture. You must use the dried herbs and follow Rene's recipe! Also I believe that this website - http://www.larrywinfield.com/recipe1.htm - is quite informative regarding the actual original prescribed doseage.
May God bless you in your search for healing!"
[YEA] 04/06/2009: Paul from Tucson, Arizona: "Essiac Cure: I had nodular Melanoma on my finger and the doctor wanted to chop my finger off but I told them I wanted to look around first, I put them off for 2 1/2 months while I tried Essiac that I found on the internet and sure enough I still have my finger and the doctor gave me a clean bill of health after I had finished. All of this started back in sept. 2005, It is now 2009 and my finger is in great shape thank you.
PS I would recomend essiac to anyone.
06/02/2009: Susie from Syracuse, NY replies: "Hi Paul, Congratulations on saving your finger....are you still drinking the essaic tea?"
07/05/2009: Cheryl from Bakersfield, California replies: "I have a question for Paul. What did the melanoma on his finger look like as I have something on my index finger. Many thanks. My name is Cheryl"
08/15/2011: Idriys from Easton, Pa: "I recently puchased several bottles of Essiac Tea from Vitam Shoppe. I noticed that there is a culture growning inside the bottle. It almost reminds me of a SCOBY, but smaller. Is this tea still good to drink?
02/05/2011: Opulents from Brunswick, Ga, Usa: "Please Help I have researched the web over and over again and have not be able to find and answer so here goes. I am currently using home brewed Essiac Tea as well as Aloe Vera juice on a daily bases. I notice I run of a gallon of each in about the same length of time. Is it safe to brew the Essiac Tea in the correct amount of aloe vera juice? Will this degrade either the Aloe juice or the Essiac Tea? Will the combination decrease the effectiveness of each or either? I am using them both for the same reason and find it very hard to intake that much liquid per day all the while trying to also take in food and keep it down! Thanks in advance. Opulents"
03/12/2009: Mary from Regina, Saskatchewan Canada: "Could you put a section for Essiac Tea in your remedies section?
EC: Thanks for the suggestion - done.
Also created an essiac tea for pets page for your other post: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/essiac-tea.html#BOILS_23947
[YEA] 06/21/2010: Jane from Campbell, California, Usa: "Essiac Tea removed Skin Tags in 3 months. I purchased Essiac Tea in a 3 pound bulk quantity to use as a detox and to improve my immune system. I purchased in bulk quantity because this was cost effective. I recall that the price at that time including mailing was just under $80.00. I brewed the tea according to the instructions and drank 2 ounces of the tea mixed with 2 ounces of water each day for about 6 months. I wasn't trying to cure anything - just improve my immune system as I was frequently tired. However, after 3 months of faithfully drinking the tea, I noticed that all the skin tags on my neck were totally gone. They had just gradually disappeared. This event took place 4 years ago and the skin tags have not returned.
Over the last 4 years I have also done a colon cleanse once or twice a year, and I take an ounce of organic sulfur (MSM) supplement several times a week. I do not eat any processed foods (anything that comes in a box), cook everything from scratch, and go to a restaurant or fast food place possibly once a month. I only drink the Essiac tea from time to time when I remember to brew it. This is not very often, possibly a total of 30 days a year. At the time that the skin tags disappeared, I was not taking any other supplements. I attribute the disappearance of the skin tags to the Essiac tea. I do not know if the colon cleanses, organic sulfur, and my new eating habits contribute to the skin tags not returning. The organic sulfur is believed to detox your system and to have anti-viral qualities."