Essiac tea has become widely known for its remarkable ability to improve the immune system and detoxify the body. Numerous people who drink Essiac tea regularly report feeling healthier with less incidence of colds and flu. A simple low-priced four herb tea that cures cancer?
Essiac tea is said to have been an ancient recipe made by the Ojibwe tribes of Native Americans who lived in areas of Canada and the northern United States.
Essiac tea was introduced in Canada during the early 1920’s. For over 50 years, a humble nurse Rene Caisse used the tea successfully with many terminal cancer patients from her clinic in the small Canadian village of Bracebridge, north of Toronto.
It is composed of four main herbs that grow in the wilderness of Ontario, Canada. The original formula is believed to have its roots from the native Canadian Ojibway Indians.
The four main herbs that make up Essiac are Burdock root, Slippery elm inner bark, Sheep sorrel, and Indian rhubarb root.
Essiac tea attacks cancer cells, detoxifies the body, and boosts the immune system with powerful antioxidants.
Burdock root is the main ingredient in Essiac tea. It is loaded with an antioxidant – anthraquinone, which has been shown to stop 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. These patients suffered from different forms of cancer including uterine, prostate, and bowel cancer as well as growths on the skin’s surface.
On the other site, Sheep sorrel is gaining popularity as an anticancer agent and for its ability to break down and reduce tumors. A poultice made from sheep sorrel is reported to have a drawing effect on tumors or cysts. Sheep sorrel is rich in rutin and polysaccharide compounds, which act to inhibit tumors and other cancerous growths. The beta-carotene included in sheep sorrel acts as an antioxidant, enhancing the production of white blood cells and T-cells (cancer-killing cells). The chlorophyll in sheep sorrel works to purify the liver, decrease swelling of the pancreas, promote regeneration of tissue, strengthen cell walls, cleanse the blood, and increases the resistance to X-rays. The oxalic acid also has antitumor and anticancer properties. Sheep sorrel has also been used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy.
In August 2004, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a test tube study that revealed that Essiac might inhibit prostate tumor cell growth. To date, it has proven safe for all but pregnant or nursing women.
Essiac tea recipe
It has a proven record of cured patients since the late 1920’s. Cooking your own Essiac tea is favored by most upon ordering the herbs, which are sometimes packaged individually, or pre-mixed into one bag.
- 6 1/2 cups of burdock root (cut)
- 1 pound of sheep sorrel herb (powdered)
- 1/4 pound of slippery elm bark (powdered)
- 1 ounce of Turkish rhubarb root (powdered)
- Mix all four herbs thoroughly, store in a tightly sealed glass container away from light
- For a quart of tea, you need 1 ounce of herbal blend
- For a gallon of tea, you need 4 ounces of herbal blend
- Bring the desired amount of water to a rolling boil in a steel or cast iron pot for 15 minutes
- Cover with a lid, steep at least 12 hours
- The following day, reheat the water but do not boil
- Allow to settle, then strain out herbs (there will be sediment in the bottom)
- Pour into tightly sealed glass or ceramic containers and cool
- Refrigerate and use as recommended (sweetened with raw, organic honey or natural sugar to taste)