Essiac Tea - Information and Recipe

  • Essiac Tea

    Essiac tea is said to have been an ancient recipe made by the Ojibwe tribes of Native Americans who populated the areas of Canada and the northern United States. It was referred to as the “Ojibwa Tea of Life.” A Canadian nurse, Rene Caisse, first learned of Essiac tea from a woman she met that told her that an Indian medicine man had shown her what herbs to use to overcome her cancer. Nurse Caisse (Essiac is “Caisse” spelled backwards) used these same herbal combination to help her patients who were recovering from various forms of cancer.
    Caisse saw remarkable results with thousands of patients. This caught the attention of the mainstream medical industry who went about spreading rumors about health risks associated with consuming Essiac tea. Currently, the FDA  lists Essiac tea as a new drug that is not generally recognized as safe.
    In spite of the negative attention, in 1938 Caisse had over 55,000 people sign a petition to allow her to continue to treat cancer patients with Essiac tea after she was accused of practicing medicine without a license. Thousands of patient testimonials lead to the popularity of Essiac tea far beyond Caisse, who passed away in 1978 at the age of 90. This herbal remedy can now be found in health stores all over the US and Canada and is a popular product sold in online markets.

    The Essiac Tea Recipe

    There are four primary herbs that make Essiac tea so effective. These herbs help to destroy overgrowth of bad bacteria, viruses and parasites, and detoxify the colon, liver and kidneys.
    Ingredients in Essiac tea:  (parts are by weight)

    1. Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)  = 20 parts cut Burdock Root
    2. Slippery elm bark (Ulmus fulva) = 4 parts powdered Slippery Elm Bark
    3. Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) = 16 parts powdered Sheep Sorrel
    4. Turkey rhubarb root (Rheum palmatum) = 1 part powdered Turkey or Indian Rhubarb Root

    Pour 1 gallon of water in a stainless steel pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce water to a very low simmer and add 1 cup of Essiac tea, cover with lid and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Let this covered tea sit for 12 hours and steep. Finally, reheat the whole thing to almost boiling and then simmer on low for another 10 minutes. Let slightly cool and strain into sterilized glass jars. Allow to cool and then refrigerate. Use several times daily by pouring 2 ounces of tea into a coffee cup and add 3 ounces of hot water to make tea.
    Essiac tea is rich in phytonutrient antioxidant flavones, anthraquinones and tannins. It is also rich in immune supportive polysaccharides such as beta-sitosterol that feed and strengthen immune cells. Studies have shown that varying concentrations of Essiac tea reduce free radical development by up to 84 percent.  Essiac tea is also a potent anti-oxidant and defense against superoxide free radicals. Immune supportive beta-sitosterol within the tea helps to neutralize dangerous superoxide radicals.
    Burdock root is the major ingredient in Essiac tea and it is rich in the anti-oxidant anthraquinone which has been shown to reduce cell mutations and prevent tumor growth. Several case studies have been written up that have reported claims that Essiac tea helped see a regression of tumor size and severity of symptoms.


Mankind's Use of Herbs

In the beginning:  “And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.”  Ezekial 47:12

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