Right after the Rene Caisse’s death, authorities ransacked her home and burned her records. But her friend Mary McPherson had saved some, and a series of autobiographical articles by Caisse had become public record. The few privies to the treatment’s ingredients and protocol kept a low profile to avoid harassment.
But thanks to Dr. Glum’s investigative journalism, the secret is out, albeit among the scattered few, and without the caveats that should be known widely among those scattered few.
Essiac Tea Simple Recipe
Despite the development of 6 and 8 herb Essiac teas recently, the 4-herb version remains as a staple. It has a proven record of cured patients since the late 1920’s. Brewing your own Essiac tea is favored by most upon ordering the herbs, which are sometimes packaged individually, or pre-mixed into one bag.
- 6 ½ cups of burdock root (cut)
- ¼ pound (113 grams) of slippery elm bark (powdered)
- 1 pound (454 grams) of sheep sorrel herb (powdered)
- 1 ounce (35 grams) of Turkish rhubarb root (powdered)
Note: these amounts of ingredients combine to make 8 quarts or 2 gallons (7.5 liters) of the tea. Cutting each amount in half makes 1 gallon (3.8 liters) at a time.
- Some instructions say to mix all the ingredients well before placing them in water, store the dry herbal mix in a glass jar in a dark dry place, and take out 1 ounce (35 grams) per 32 ounces of water (1 quart or 0.94 liters) at a time.
- Whichever way you wish to parse it out, the herbs are boiled hard without a lid for 10 minutes, some say 20 minutes. Then, cover with a lid and steep overnight on the stovetop. In the morning, heat it up to steaming hot (not boiling), then let it settle and pour into glass or ceramic containers. Use stainless steel or cast iron pots for boiling, and glass or ceramic containers for storing.
Keep the containers or container with the tea well-capped in a dark cool place until first used. After opening, it must be refrigerated.
The tea dosage depends on the condition. For immune tonic use or very mild ailments, 2 ounces (around 60 milliliters) once a day is enough. Increase the frequency up to 3 times daily with up to 3 ounces (around 89 milliliters) each time according to the severity of the ailment, which is usually cancer.
The refrigerated tea can be added to hot water or warmed up for consumption. Cancer patients undergoing other treatments, even with allopathic drugs, have used the tea as well.
However, cancer or AIDS should be treated holistically by abstaining as much as possible from toxic medicines, toxic foods, toxic household and cosmetic items, and even toxic thinking.
The cancer patient should also have a meatless diet of organic food and get as much sunshine and Vitamin D and C supplementation as possible. Using the Essiac tea while indulging in the old lifestyle habits that probably started the cancer (or any other disease) is certainly not the best way to heal it.
Essiac tea caveats
The quality of the ingredients is the most important aspect of a beneficial Essiac tea.
There are too many watered down versions out there. Dr. Glum has stated that some providers are using irradiated herbs and even replacing sheep sorrel herbs, a common weed declared as illegal for use in Canada, with curly dock, a weed similar to red sorrel.
This is critical since it has been laboratory tested and proven that sheep sorrel is the actual cancer cell killer in the Essiac Tea.
The other ingredients combine for a synergistic immune booster and blood purifier. Even as important is the fact that Rene Caisse used the whole sheep sorrel weed, roots and all. She discovered the roots to be very critical for sheep sorrel’s efficacy.
Most Essiac herbal or readymade tea providers use only the leaves of sheep sorrel even if they do use the weed. It’s easier and cheaper to harvest the leaves from the weeds while leaving the roots intact to grow more leaves.
To avoid irradiation (treating with radioactive rays in order to preserve it), order via the commercial overland courier services, such as UPS and FedEx, not the postal service, which is required to irradiate herbs.
Even if flown in by a commercial service, there is a strong chance of irradiation, especially if coming from another country. This is a problem with the Turkish rhubarb root, which is not naturally indigenous to America.
However, there is a possibility of getting Turkish rhubarb root cultivated in North America, as well as the powdered sheep sorrel complete with roots.
There are many people who have survived cancer, and a few have used the Essiac tea to cure AIDS as well. Many have improved their overall health by using the Essiac tea as a tonic. Yet, there are some who complain about little or no effect from the Essiac tea.
This discrepancy points at least partially to the herb quality issue. The proper high quality 4-herb mixture has been effective on cancer, AIDS, and diabetic patients.
Rene Caisse never compromised on the ingredients, and she could be stubborn about mixing protocols as well! It’s important that anyone using the Essiac tea have the best ingredients the way the nurse Caisse did.
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