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ESSIAC TEA - Available soon at Salt River Soap Works

Simply put, essiac is blend of eight herbs in particular ratios, all of which are known to have immune-boosting, health-promoting properties. When brewed as a tea and consumed, essiac is believed to fortify the immune system and assist the body in purifying itself of toxins. As a result, the body becomes more capable of fighting off illness and disease. Essiac works along with, and enhances, the body's ideal functioning.

HISTORY: In use since 1922, the formula was given to nurse Rene Caisse from a Canadian Ojibwa Indian. Born in Bracebridge, Ontario, Nurse Caisse prepared her original herbal formula into a drink named Essiac, which is Nurse Caisse's name spelled backwards.

From 1922 to 1978, Nurse Caisse gave her Essiac herbal supplement to thousands of people at her clinic in Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. Although she refused payments for her services, she accepted donations to help support her clinic. Nurse Caisse dedicated her life to using the Essiac formula.

In 1977, Nurse Caisse signed over all her rights to the original Essiac formula to Resperin Corporation Limited. Dr. Charles Brusch of Cambridge, Massachusetts, witnessed the signing of the agreement between Rene Caisse and Resperin attesting that her original herbal formula was never revealed to anyone other than to Resperin.

REFERENCE: Book- Clinic of Hope: The Story of Rene Caisse and Essiac / and Ty Bollinger's TRUTH ABOUT CANCER Book and video documentary- Also "THE ESSIAC REPORT" BY Richard Thomas in paperback.

Essiac contains the following eight herbs: blessed thistle, burdock root, kelp, sheep sorrel, slippery elm bark, red clover, turkish rhubarb root and watercress. The formula is a synergistic one, meaning that the combination of the herbs in specific ratios creates a different and more powerful result than taking any one of the herbs by itself.

Powdered herbs make for a more potent brew. This is because there is more surface area on powdered herbs, which better allows the extracts to seep into the tea. Powdered form mixes easier and more thoroughly. Furthermore, this tea is made with powdered herbs that are fine enough that they can and should be consumed along with the tea. If you consume the herb particles in addition to the tea itself (which is only possible when you brew powdered herbs) your body will receive all of the beneficial compounds present in the herbs.

It is brewed in a large batch (most typically a gallon) and stored in the refrigerator. The portion consumed is usually 3 oz. at a time, which is just under 1/2 cup liquid measure. It's only a couple of gulps of liquid and it is best to take it cold rather than heat it back up, as that risks overprocessing.

Now lets break down the herbal ingredients in this "miracle" tea...

Blessed Thistle...Blessed thistle is used for digestive problems such as gas, constipation, and upset stomach. This herb is also used to treat liver and gallbladder diseases.

Burdock Root ...Burdock root is a mild diuretic. It increases the production of both urine and sweat, potentially making it useful in treating swelling and fever. Burdock root might play a role in preventing liver damage caused by alcohol, chemicals, or medications. Antioxidants such as burdock may protect body cells from damage caused by oxidation.

Kelp... Kelp is a sea vegetable that is a concentrated source of minerals including: iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Kelp as a source of iodine assists in making thyroid hormones, which are necessary for maintaining normal metabolism in all cells of the body. This increases energy levels and helps make it easier to maintain a healthy body weight.

Red Clover...Red clover is a source of many valuable nutrients including: calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is also one of the richest sources of isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants). The isoflavones found in red clover have been studied for their effectiveness in treating some forms of cancer.

Sheep Sorrel Including The Root.... Sheep sorrel with the root included is a rich source of oxalic acid, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, beta carotene, and vitamin C. This essiac tea ingredient is a mild diuretic, mild antiseptic, and a mild laxative.

Slippery Elm Bark... Slippery elm bark has been used as a poultice for cuts and bruises, and also for aching joints. This his herb is also used to alleviate sore throats and can be found in many throat lozenges. Since a sore throat and a cough are often linked, slippery elm bark has also been used in cough remedies. Slippery elm bark also regulates the elimination process of digestion, easing both constipation and diarrhea.

Turkish Rhubarb Root... Turkish rhubarb root purges the body of bile, parasites, and stagnated food in the gut by stimulating the gall duct to expel toxic waste matter. It has been shown to alleviate chronic liver problems by helping cleanse the liver. Rhubarb root improves digestion and helps regulate the appetite. It has also been shown to help heal ulcers, alleviate disorders of the spleen and colon, relieve constipation, and help heal hemorrhoids and bleeding in the upper digestive tract.

Watercress... Rich in Vitamin C, the bitter taste of watercress is thought to regulate the appetite and improve digestion. It can be used to alleviate nervous conditions, constipation, and liver disorders. Watercress is a popular cough and bronchitis remedy. It contains rhein, which appears to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the intestines. It is believed that rhein is also effective against Candida albicans (yeast infection), fever and inflammation, and pain.


If it's not slightly bitter, you don't have real essiac! You can add natural fruit or vegetable juice or stevia or honey to your tea.

If you encounter four herb essiac, please be aware that it's an outdated formula that was modified by Rene Caisse. Rene Caisse determined through her research at the Brusch Medical Research Center from 1959 through 1967 that the eight herb tea was her final suggestion.

We have sourced our tea from relatives of Dr. Charles Brusch. This is the original accredited recipe of Rene Caisse. We will be offering this tea at a very affordable price and we will be collecting customer donations for the people who can't afford it for treatment.

If you have done your research and know this tea could be for you but you can't afford it just ask us and we will find a way to help you be able to receive it.

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