Essiac Tea

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An Indian herbal proposed cancer cure with too big a following to ignore.

Scores of sources on the topic of the Canadian nurse Rene Caisse's miraculously curing Essiac Tea suggest that this potent concoction has resulted in cancer curing claims from people when drinking the tea for a period of time.

Other sources suggest that Essiac Tea is a lymphatic system cleanser, a cure for lymphomas in addition to being a blood cleanser. Apparently the herbal potion has helped many cancer and AIDS patients get well, strengthening the body with a well noted normalization of T-cell counts. One of the most fascinating aspects of the claims to Essiac Tea are the remarkable letters documenting cases encompassing many types of end stage cancers bringing people back to miraculous states of health that have been literally given up on by orthodox Doctors. In fact, Canada nearly approved the Essiac Tea as a cancer cure falling short by only three votes.

There are variations of the Essiac Tea recipe and some controversy over the exact original formula, as Rene Caisse was secretive about her formula; but the most widely accepted and claimed recipe is made from four main ingredients: burdock root, sheep sorrel, slippery Elm bark, Turkey rhubarb root (Indian rhubarb is sometimes substituted). Quality herbs and proper brewing of the tea are important to unleashing the healing properties of the herbs; notice the brew instructions include letting the tea sit overnight.

The amount of Essiac tea prescribed by Rene Caisse is one ounce of the tea mixed with 2 ounces of hot water drank preferably at bedtime two hours after eating; or at least one hour prior to eating. In some special cases Rene Caisse would advise the initial dose to be one ounce taken twice daily for the first five, ten and rarely thirty days. Some companies are recommending a larger dosage be taken probably from lower quality herbs. Good Essiac tea is potent stuff and a little is strongly supported as going a long way.

Four Key Ingredients to making a home brew of Essiac Tea:
Burdock root (Arctium lappa)
Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
Slippery Elm bark (Ulmus fulva)
Turkey rhubarb root (Rheum palmatum)

To make 1 cup of mix to brew with 2 gallons of distilled water:
Burdock root (cut) 1/2 cup
Sheep Sorrel (powdered) 3/8 cup
Slippery Elm bark (powdered) 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
Turkey rhubarb (powdered) 1 teaspoon

[Chop Burdock root into small pea sized pieces]

1. Mix dry ingredients thoroughly.
2. Measure out desired amount of dry ingredients.
3. Pour proportionate amount of water into pot.
4. Bring water to a rolling boil with the lid on.
5. Stir dry ingredients into boiling water.
6. Replace lid and continue boiling at reduced heat for 10 minutes.
7. Turn off stove. Scrape down sides of pot and stir mixture thoroughly.
8. Replace lid, let pot sit and cool undisturbed for 10-12 hours (overnight).
9. Reheat to steaming hot, but do not let it boil.
10. Turn off heat and allow herbs to settle for a few minutes.
11. Pour hot liquid through sieve to catch sediment.
12. Use funnel to fill sterilized bottles, put lids on.
13. Allow bottles to cool, then tighten lids.
14. Refrigerate.

Herb Storage: Three factors damaging herbs in storage are air, light and heat. If you properly control these factors dried herbs may last indefinitely. However, it is generally recommended that herbs shouldn't be kept for more than a year. Essiac Tea herbs are best stored in sealed jars in a dark place; baggies are ok for temporary storage. Don't store herbs in the refrigerator because condensation can get into the jars or bags.

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