The Making of Essiac.


Every herbal formula has its own synergy and therefore creates a specific effect.  Rene Caisse spent her life refining the formula with her hands-on research.  No one else has done such extensive research on Essiac tea.  The formula below was the final formula that she settled on after more than fifty years of experimentation and research with real cancer patients.  Rene Caisse stated:  “If it works, don’t change it.”   [ESSIAC ESSENTIALS, p. 84]

“Now, like Grandma Moses, I paint pictures.  Many, many oil paintings, trying to forget that which I know I can never forget–that I know a cure for cancer, and that I can never give it to the world, and must each day see the misery of the patients.”  [Rene Caisse quote from I Was Canada’s Cancer Nurse.  The painting on the right was painted by Rene Caisse.  CLICK HERE to view more of Rene’s paintings.]

THE FORMULA

The following formula and recipe for Essiac (in italics) is a word-for-word transcription of the Essiac formula from the sworn affidavit which Mary McPherson filed with the Town of Bracebridge.  CLICK HERE to view a certified true copy of Mary McPherson’s two-page affidavit.  The formula below is also the one which Dr. Gary Glum released to the public in 1988 when he published CALLING OF AN ANGEL:  ESSIAC, NATURE’S CURE FOR CANCER

 

Essiac

6 ½ cups of burdock root (cut)   (upper left)

1 pound of sheep sorrel herb   powdered  (upper right)

1/4 pound of slippery elm bark   powdered  (lower left)

1 ounce of Turkish rhubarb root    powdered  (lower right)

 

Mix these ingredients thoroughly and store in glass jar in dark dry cupboard.

Take a measuring cup, use 1 ounce of herb mixture to 32 ounces of water depending on the amount you want to make.

I use 1 cup of mixture to 8 x 32 = 256 ounces of water.  Boil hard for 10 minutes (covered) then turn off heat but leave sitting on warm plate over night (covered).

In the morning heat steaming hot and let settle a few minutes, then strain through fine strainer into hot sterilized bottles and sit to cool.  Store in dark cool cupboard.  Must be refrigerated when opened.  When near the last when its thick pour in a large jar and sit in frig overnight then pour off all you [can] without sediment.

This recipe must be followed exactly as written.

I use a granite preserving kettle (10 – 12 qts), 8 ounce measuring cup, small funnel and fine strainer to fill bottles.

HOW TO MAKE ESSIAC TEA VIDEO:  CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube video on How to Make Essiac Tea in your own home.

 

ADDITIONAL TIPS & INFORMATION

The preparation of Essiac is as important as the formula itself.  Essiac is a decoction, not an infusion.  An infusion is what people make when they put a tea bag in a cup of hot water.  Generally speaking, an infusion tends to extract vitamins and volatile oils from leaves and flowers.  A decoction is used to extract minerals, bitter components, etc. from hard materials such as roots, bark or seeds by boiling for a few minutes and then allowing the herbs to steep for several hours.  Entrepreneurs often sell Essiac imitations in tincture form (herbs in alcohol) or in gelatin capsules; neither form is Essiac because Essiac is a tea and, more specifically, a decoction that must be made in a certain way in order to achieve the kind of results that Nurse Caisse was demonstrating. 

 

People often substitute stainless steel for an enameled pot and lid.  The main concern is not to use an aluminum pot.  Also, be sure not to use unfiltered, chlorinated water.  The formula above can be reduced to 1/2 cup of herb mix to one gallon of water.   [Optional:  Dr. Glum suggests adding 2 or 3 cups of extra water to replace water lost through evaporation during boiling.  Also, the dry herbs will absorb water as well.]   After boiling for ten minutes, let the tea steep about 12 hours.  Then heat up tea to steaming, but not boiling.  (Do not boil twice.)  The remaining pulp can be used for healing poultices. 

Don’t use cheese cloth to strain Essiac.  Likewise, do not use a kitchen sieve that has a very fine mesh as this may filter out the slippery elm.  Slippery elm gives the tea a slight viscous consistency when poured.  If you do not notice this “slippery” consistency after refrigerating your tea, you may be using a sieve that is too fine.  Don’t worry about herb particles in your Essiac; they will settle to the bottom of the jars.  Some people drink the Essiac dregs (particles that settle on the bottom), others don’t.  Some people give the Essiac dregs to their pets or farm animals as a health food.  Many people have reported the same or similar health benefits with their pets that humans are reporting.  The dregs can also be used topically as a poultice.

 

It is best to refrigerate the Essiac tea as soon as it has cooled.  Discard the tea if mold appears on the surface or if the tea does not taste right.  CLICK HERE to learn about dosage.  

 

Make sure that the sheep sorrel you use is the small, wild variety of sheep sorrel and not a substitute like yellow dock or garden (French) sorrel.  Imported turkey rhubarb root could be fumigated or irradiated.  Many Essiac merchants are unaware of the quality of their herbs.  The best way to insure that you’re getting true Essiac is to grow the herbs yourself.  This puts you in control of product quality and takes out the commercialism.  Burdock root is harvested in the fall of the first year.  Slippery elm bark is wildcrafted or organically-grown and is easy to buy. Turkey Rhubarb is the only herb in Essiac that cannot be wildcrafted in the US.  The Chinese use six year old turkey rhubarb roots for maximum potency. 

 

*Quotes about Turkey rhubarb are from A MODERN HERBAL, first published by Jonathan Cape, 1931

The Essiac tea in the snow on a foggy January morning (picture above left) was made using the Essiac formula given above.  Compare the tea color in this picture to the tea that Rene Caisse herself holds in her hand in this YouTube video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k_nW-b-XmQ.

“We all have the right to benefit from Essiac because no one can stop us making it, no one can stop us taking it and no one can stop us deciding how and when we’re going to do it.”  [THE ESSIAC BOOK by Mali Klein, 2006] 

( Originally posted on: http://www.healthfreedom.info/Cancer%20Essiac.htm )

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– Rev. Dragon’s Eye,
Temple of The Ancient Dragons

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