I’ve been asked by many people about the tea that I researched and have been taking for my low blood counts and other complications from chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and cancer. Well, here it finally is. A little background and information on the tea, the woman who developed it, the recipe and how to get it, and how to make it at home.
Essiac tea is rooted in Native American medicine. A nurse from Canada, named Rene Caisse, in the mid 1920’s was working in a hospital and spoke with a patient that reported being healed from breast cancer by an ojibwe medicine man. The woman, then in her 80’s, told Rene that her cancer never came back, which in the 1920’s cancer was a death sentence, and she gave her the names of the herbs the medicine man used. About a year later, Rene learned that her aunt had stomach and liver cancer and was told she had only months to live. Rene, along with her aunt’s doctor, agreed to try the tea with little other hope. Her aunt went on to live another 21 years! Word of this tea began spreading and doctors were trying it on “hopeless” patients and were seeing improvements even among the worst cases. Rene went on to open a clinic and treated thousands of people with her tea…..free of charge! I’m sure the poison, I mean chemo, manufacturers would have a heyday now. As it turns out, that is why most people have never heard of it. The multi billion dollar cancer industry doesn’t want to have a threat to their profits so they discredit the tea and its many benefits.
While I can not say that it is a cancer cure or miracle cure, I can tell you that within weeks of drinking the tea, my blood counts which had been falling for 6-8 months to dangerous levels were doubled!
The benefits of Essiac Tea include:
-restoration of the immune system, cleaning the body of toxins
-increases the production of antibodies which improves the immune system
-protects the body’s cells against free radicals
-cleanses the colon
-shortens healing time for wounds
-increases energy levels
-counteracts some of the negative side effects of chemotherapy
-can protect the body against radiation
-raises oxygen levels in the body
-increases insulin production
-purifies the blood and increases red blood cell production
-reduces inflammation and stiffness in the joints
-helps remove heavy metals in the body
-eliminates toxic build up in the bladder, lymph nodes, and bone marrow
-protects the heart, kidneys, liver, and arteries from build up of fatty deposits
-reduces stone formation in the gall bladder, kidneys, and urinary tract
-stimulates and nourishes the brain and nervous system
-strengthens organs and tightens muscles and tissue
-counteracts the effects of mercury and lead poisoning
-helps dissolve and eliminate mucus in the respiratory system
-helps the body regulate cholesterol levels
Wow! That’s a lot of benefits.
Ok….what’s the catch? Right? Is that what you are thinking? There has to be side effects or negative effects. Well, most people report no side effects at all. However, some people do report stomach discomfort initially but this is resolved by simply lower the dose and gradually increasing it until your body becomes accustomed to it. You also may experience an increase in urination and sweating as your body is releasing the toxins. This is a good thing!
Essiac tea, the original Essiac tea, beware of other recipes, is made of only four herbs. They are Sheep Sorrel, Burdock Root, Slippery Elm Bark, and Turkey Rhubarb. Each herb is known to have its own benefits and when combined they have amazing health effects on the body.
You can buy each of the herbs separately and mix them yourself or even grow them on your own, but I buy the mixture already made up for me from a local herbalist. I buy a big one pound bag of the mixture and it lasts several months and I drink more than the average person would. Just make sure that you are getting the Canadian original recipe if you have someone making it for you. The amounts are 120g chopped Burdock Root, 80g powdered Sheep Sorrel (whole plant), 20g powdered Slippery Elm Inner Bark, 5g powdered Turkey Rhubarb Root. It looks like a bag of dirt with chunky little pieces in it :)
Here is how to make the tea.
Bring 8 cups of purified water and 1/2 cup of tea to boil in a stainless steel or glass pot and simmer for 10 to 30 minutes. DO NOT use aluminum….it messes up the make up and effectiveness of the herbs. Remove from the heat and scrape the herbs from the sides of the pot. Cover and let sit undisturbed for 12 hours. Put the pot back on the heat and reheat to the point of getting hot and steamy but not quite boiling. Remove from the heat. Pour the tea through a stainless steel strainer into mason jars and seal.
The amount that you drink really depends on why you are drinking it and what effect you are hoping for. Typically a person will start out with one ounce of tea diluted with two ounces of water once a day and gradually progress to twice a day. If there is illness or a need to go to two or even three ounces two to three times a day make sure you do the research first and go slow. I drink 2-3 ounces twice a day at this time. I have no negative side effects and we will see in just a couple more weeks how my blood work is doing. Fingers crossed that I’m still on the road to recovery.
Choosing healthy living over dying :)