How to Make Recipe for Flor Essence aka Essiac tea

Here is what is in the Flor Essence: (we should probably make this ourselves?

A proprietary blend from aqueous extracts of certified organic burdock root, certified organic sheep sorrel herb, slippery elm bark, watercress herb, certified organic Turkish rhubarb (Rheum officinale) root, certified organic kelp, certified organic blessed thistle herb, certified organic red clover blossom.

Other Ingredients

Filtered water, citric acid.

I'm sure you've read this about Dr. Brusch being the personal doctor for JFK?

Flora Flor-Essence® Gentle Detox For The Whole Body Description

Purifies the blood, kidneys, liver, lungs, colon & deepest cells.

Elaine Alexander, the late Canadian health researcher and radio producer/broadcaster, collaborated exclusively with Flora to produce Flor-Essence®. This purification tea was entrusted to Elaine by Dr. Charles Brusch, M.D., personal physician to the late President John F. Kennedy. Dr. Brusch was a partner in research and co-owner with the famous Canadian nurse Rene Caisse in perfecting this formula at his Cambridge, Massachusetts clinic. Flor-Essence liquid, gently flushes toxic residue from the kidneys, liver, lungs, colon, bloodstream, and deepest cells. Flor-Essence is the only product on the market authorized to carry Elaine's signature on the packaging to vouch for its historical authenticity.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

What is essiac?

What is essiac exactly? Essiac (Pronounced: the letter "S", the letter "E" and "ACK" like in "yak") is a popular alternative treatment used for a variety of purposes worldwide. Essiac is an herbal formula consisting of the following eight herbs: blessed thistle, burdock root, kelp, red clover, sheep sorrel, slippery elm bark, turkey rhubarb root, and watercress. The essiac formula was first used by the Ojibwas, and an Ojibway medicine man gave Rene Caisse, a Canadian nurse, the formula in 1892. 

True essiac blends should be harvested, powdered or pulverized, and mixed in a particular manner. Essiac is used by those suffering from cancer, diabetes, immune problems, respiratory problems, neurological disorders, and other conditions.

The formula we carry is the eight herb essiac formula tested by Dr. Charles Brusch and Caisse in the 1960's. Click on the link to read more about the eight herbs that make up the essiac formula: what is essiac? 

Each of the eight herbs in the formula is reported to have cleansing and detoxifying properties in the body. The herbs are also supportive of the body's immune system. Each herb is healing in it's own right, but they may have a synergistic effect on cancerous tumors when taken together in the proper ratios. The ratios for the eight herb essiac formula is not public knowledge. There is a four herb "essiac" formula that is public knowledge, but because the original essiac contained eight herbs, we do not recommend that you take a four herb essiac tea. We believe that eight herb essiac is superior. 

Click on the link to learn more about eight herb essiac, Rene Caisse, and Dr. Charles Brusch.

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It is supposed to help with pain even if sufferers are so far gone, they have little time left. In others, the disease may ha damaged vital organs beyond repair.

There are 2 herbal formulas for Essiac teas:

An Explanation of the Differences


The original Essiac formula which was gifted to the Canadian nurse Rene Caisse by the Ojibway tribe in 1922 consisted of 4 herbs. This is the same formula which she successfully used in Canada for some 40 years. It is also the formula which she submitted to the Canadian medical authorities in 1937 for their evaluation. The herbs of this 4 herb formula are listed below with their percentages by weight:

Burdock Root:67.7%
Sheep Sorrel:21.6%
Rhubard Root:5.0%
Slippery Elm Bark:5.0%

Later in her life, Rene Caisse went to Cambridge, Massachussetts where she worked with Dr. Charles C. Brusch in his medical clinic. Dr. Brusch was a distinguished physican of great renown, and was John F. Kennedy's personal physican . While Rene Caisse worked with Dr. Brusch, she and Dr. Brusch would for certain patients, on occasion, add small amounts of other potentizing herbs to the Essiac formula. They were added in small amounts only, and the basic 4 herb formula remained the primary formula.

After Rene Caisse's death in the 70's, a Canadian radio announcer and researcher named Elaine Alexander visited with Dr. Brusch in Massachussets. She obtained from Dr. Brusch a formula for Essiac which contained the basic 4 herbs plus small potentizing amounts of 4 other herbs. She later set up a business to manufacture and distribute a brand of Essiac which she named Floressence. Some confusion was created when she claimed that her 8 herb formula was the only "genuine" Essiac product.

We consider both the 4 herb formula and the 8 herb formula to be valid. In each formula the main ingredients are Burdock Root and Sheep Sorrel, which Rene Caisse valued most as the healing agents. The small amounts of the other herbs function to assist the Burdock Root and Sheep Sorrel to do their job.

Many people get confused by the fact that there are 2 formulas, and do not know which Essiac formula to use. We have used and studied both the 4 herb formula and the 8 herb formula, and have decided to manufacture and sell the 8 herb formula. We consider it to be slightly better than the 4 herb formula. The really critical factor is not which formula to use, but that the herbs in the formula are of the highest quality. Listed below are the 8 herbs we use, and their percentages by weight: As you will note, the additional 4 herbs are added in very small amounts.

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Our Bottles and Package of Dried Herbal Mix

Burdock Root:60.5%
Sheep Sorrel:19.5%
Rhubarb Root:4.8%
Slippery Elm Bark:4.8%
Blessed Thistle:2.4%
Red Clover:2.4%


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 I learned that Essiac is no more no less than a blood purifier; cleans out toxic elements from the bloodstream. I also learned that the "original 4 herb formula", when used in a cancer clinic, was administered through I.V.. That is why the lack of availability to the general public.

In 1979, Dr. Brusch merged with Rene Caisse at the Brusch Medical Center in Cambridge, Ma. in an attempt to create an "oral" formula. Otherwise, it would be unavailable after the cessation of the clinic. The oral application was to be the equivalent in efficacy to the I.V. application. They accomplished this.

In 1992, I was invited to do a TV talk show with Dr. Brusch along with some local individuals who had success. [1-800-642-1551] The tape is still available. Prior to that show, no one had ever heard of Essiac. The first gallon was sold in Salisbury, Ma. by Arthur David in 1984. It was trademarked. No one has the formula.

The formula was given to me and placed in a safety deposit box for security. I have been working with people internationally since 1986. 

In today's times, the Essiac should never be referred to as the "cureall". We have many difference obstacles such as metal toxicity, parasites, etc. People need to have specific blood testing to isolate and treat contaminants adding other protocols with the Essiac.

Linda Paulhus

If the original formula was used in an I.V. then would you tell me how did the Native Americans use it in an I.V.? Didn't Rene Caisse get the original formuala from the Native Americans?

The Rene Caisse Essiac Recipe

The "old medicine man" recipe was 8 herbs -- the 4 essiac herbs, periwinkle, red clover and watercress. Rene Caisse left no written record of the 8th herb. According to Essiac Essentials, in the early 1920's while working with Dr. Fisher, Rene "tested decoctions of each herb individually until the eight original herbs were gradually modified down to the four herbs in the recipe as we know it today, i.e., Burdock root, Sheep Sorrel, Slippery Elm inner bark and Turkey rhubarb root."

Rene Caisse signed over her formula to Resperin Corporation in 1977 and she died the next year. In 1995 Resperin Corporation sold the formula to the current Canadian Essiac® trademark holder.

But Rene had revealed her formula to a few people, including her helper Mary McPherson, who continued making Essiac for Rene's remaining patients before and after Rene's death in 1978. Mary's sworn affidavit (made on December 23, 1994, Bracebridge, Ontario) revealed Rene's recipe and brewing instructions. In 1988, Mary was present when Gary Glum claimed he had bought the recipe from Rene's patient Pat Judson of Michigan. Mary later verified Glum's recipe as authentic.

Rene Caisse's measurements are confusing. She used volume (in cups) for Burdock and weight (in ounces) for the other three herbs. The book Essiac Essentials solves this problem by using weight units for Burdock too, specifying Buckock root chopped to size of small peas (like Rene had done). Burdock is the only "cut" herb, the Rene Caisse recipe calls for the powderedform of the other herbs. Rene Caisse's recommended doses are below as well as some possibleside effects and interesting notes about who should not take essiac and who should use caution.

  Ingredients using US/Canada/Imperial/Metric measurements:

HerbVolumeWeightFormRecipe %
Burdock root6 ½ cups24 ozs. (1.5 lb.)680gpea-size cut53%
Sheep sorrel 16 ozs. (1 lb.)453gpowdered36%
Slippery Elm bark 4 ozs.113gpowdered9%
Turkey rhubarb root 1 oz.       28.35gpowdered2%

  • Mix the herbs together very very thoroughly.
  • Use 1 cup of herb mix per 2 gallons distilled water each time you brew.
  • Your herb mix or essiac herbs should be stored properly.

"This makes a year's supply for $5.00 or £3.72" according to Essiac Essentials,
written in 1999. Cost increases and exchange rate changes updated to 2005
would be more like $7.50 or £4.00. for "a year's supply".

HerbVolumeWeightForm% of Recipe
Burdock root 4.25 ozs.120gpea-size cut53%
Sheep sorrel 2.8 ozs.80gpowdered36%
Slippery Elm bark 0.7 ozs.20gpowdered9%
Turkey rhubarb root 0.18 oz.5gpowdered2%

Scales: "The Gourmet Weigh" scale by Metrokane for $24.99 does ounce/metric weight. Metrokane also has "Scale Polder" ounce/metric for weighing up to 7 pounds, for $14.99.

Another approach is to use volume measurements, if you are allergic to metric measurements. The trouble with volume measurement is that herb volume can vary widely depending on supplier.

    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

Approximate number of bottles of tea made, depending on water loss

1 cup herb mix + 2 gallons of water = about 224 liquid ounces of tea
will fill fourteen 16-ounce pint bottles, or seven 32-ounce quart bottles.

1/2 cup herb mix + 1 gallon of water = about 112 liquid ounces of tea
will fill seven 16-ounce bottles, or three and a half 32-ounce quart bottles.

1/4 cup herb mix + 1/2 gallon of water = about 56 liquid ounces of tea
will fill three and a half 16-ounce bottles, or almost two 32-ounce quart bottles.

Supplies Needed  Do not use anything made of aluminum.

Stainless steel kettle with lid (or glass, UK unchipped enamel, CND granite pot)
Stainless steel sieve
Large stainless steel or wood stirring utensil
Stainless steel funnel or 2-cup glass measuring cup
Glass bottles can be amber, colored or clear glass

Sizes of kettle and how many bottles depend on amount of tea prepared.
3 gallon kettle and 14 bottles are ideal for 1 cup herb mix + 2 gallons of water.

Bottles and lids can be sterilized by one of these methods:

1)  Boil for 10 minutes with a little food grade peroxide or Clorox.
2)  Boil bottle caps, put bottles in 250 degree oven for 10 minutes.
3)  Soak for 5 minutes in 1 ounce 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide plus 11 oz. distilled water.
4)  Soak for 5 minutes in 1/2 teaspoon Clorox plus 1 gallon distilled water.
5)  16 oz. size bottles can be sterilized in a microwave oven carefully.

The water you use for making essic tea should be as pure as possible. Don't use tap water. Most people use distilled water. Nice but not vital, you can "re-energize and re-oxygenate" distilled water by shaking it well or setting it in the sun for a few hours.

Preparation is pretty much the same in essiac books by Snow/Klein and Cynthia Olsen:

  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. Store in dark cool place, always refrigerate an opened bottle.

Essiac contains no preservatives, discard if mold develops. "When in doubt, throw it out".

Unopened bottles can be stored in a cool, dark place, or keep all the bottles in the refrigerater. Don't freeze essiac or warm it up in a microwave (use hot water to dilute and warm it).

Directions for Use according to the book Essiac Essentials:

1 fluid ounce (30 ml) essiac tea per day, diluted in 2 fluid ounces (60 ml) hot water.
This should be sipped, preferably at bedtime on an empty stomach.
Food should not be eaten within one hour before/after drinking the tea.

As a daily tonic or to enhance the immune system:

Take half a fluid ounce (15 ml) per day, diluted in one ounce hot water.

According to Sheila Snow and Mali Klein on page 41 of their book Essiac Essentials,
"It is very important to use the dosage as Rene recommended, which was based on more than 54 years' experience. Rene was very concerned about this, which is why she personally administered the dose to her patients." Depending on special circumstances, very occasionally in her later years, Rene would sometimes advise an initial dose of one fluid ounce twice daily for the first five, ten or (rarely) thirty days before reducing to one fluid ounce once a day. In the same book Rene Caisse is quoted as saying,

    "There is no need to to exceed this dose."

    "People will not stick to the dose I give. They'll decide on their own
    -- if a little's good, a lot's better. That's the way they think.

Notes about side effects, although side affects are rare when taking essiac:

Diarrhea, headache, lower-back kidney ache, flu-like symptoms or upset stomach are usually caused by too high of a dose and not drinking enough water. Cut dose back to half the amount of essiac or stop for a few days, drinking a gallon of water every day to flush out your system (not juice, tea or other beverages). Anyone taking essiac should increase their water intake.

If you become itchy or develop some rashes when you take essiac tea, that is an allergy to the sheep sorrel. People who take too much essiac tea for too long can also develop this allergy. Many herbalists recommend using a "5 days on, 2 days off" rule with any herbal decoction.

Cynthia Olsen Notes (from Essiac, A Native Herbal Cancer Remedy, 2nd Edition page 61)

Though side effects are rare when taking Essiac, there are three general ones:

  1. nausea and/or indigestion, generally caused by eating or drinking too soon before or after drinking the tea,
  2. severe intestinal or digestive discomfort, caused principally because as toxins dissolve, the body tries to eliminate them quickly,
  3. an increase in the size of an existing tumor, caused by the metastasized cells gathering at the original site, before the tumor softens and reduces in size.

Sheila Snow Notes (from Essence of Essiac, page 48)

Here are three possible causes of adverse reactions:

  1. A full stomach of undgested food or consuming beverage just before taking the remedy, especially tea or coffee.
  2. Waste materials build up in the body, it attempts to eliminate them all at once. This could create extreme discomfot in the digestive tract, occasionally to the point of vomiting.
  3. A tumor may increase in size (as metastisized cells are gathered to the original site) and could cause a blockage in some vulnerable area of the body, before it softens and reduces in size.
"When any discomfort occured, Rene always cautioned her patients to stop taking the decoction for several days until they felt better. Then they were told to begin again with just half an ounce every other day and gradually to increase the dose to one ounce each day. This usually corrected the problem."

Kathy Sedler advice about who should not use essiac and who should use caution:

Editor note:  Most of the cautions below are not found elsewhere or in conventional essiac books. Start taking essiac in minimal doses or ask your doctor about taking essiac if you're concerned.

A California nurse named Kathy Sedler used to sell essiac herbs online. According to Kathy's research (no longer online), she advised not taking essiac if you are pregnant, nursing or trying to conceive, if you have kidney disease, are prone to kidney stones or kidney infections (due tooxalic acid in essiac), have ulcers or colitis or have increased levels of iron in your blood.

Kathy Sedler's "When To Use Caution In Taking Essiac" was for those taking anticoagulant prescriptions, cardiac glycosides (like Digoxin), those with a cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) and osteoporosis. Kathy had this caution for people with diabetes,

    "Diabetics who are insulin dependant may need to adjust their dosage, also those on anti-diabetes medications. All diabetics should monitor their blood sugar closely while on this tea. Some of the constituents in this tea can affect the way glucose and insulin are taken up in the cells and utilized. Many people find they need less medication while taking this tea. This is not always the case, but is worthy of mention."

Rene Caisse discussed diabetes here and also here in her "I Was Canada's Cancer Nurse".

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Mary McPherson, Rene’s life-long friend and helper verified her formula in an affidavit of
December 23, 1994 in Bracebridge, Ontario, Rene’s hometown in Canada.

6 ½ 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 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.

- Mary McPherson

Rene Caisse: The woman behind the herbal cancer treatment

Rene Caisse, a Canadian nurse, is linked to the essiac formula in the early 1920's. She volunteered her time and efforts to treat countless cancer patients, seemingly helping them restore health with her herbal treatment.

The first documentation of use of the essiac formula can be traced to Caisse. As the story goes, she learned of the treatment from a woman in the early 1920's. This particular woman had been treated with essiac for her breast cancer by an Ojibway medicine man thirty years prior. This woman told Caisse about how her tumor had been eliminated by the formula, and Rene Caisse asked the woman for the formula. Rene Caisse called the formula "essiac." Do you know where this name came from?

It's Caisse's last name spelled backwards!

Rene Caisse began to treat terminally ill cancer patients with the formula in the mid-1920s. She began with her aunt, who had been diagnosed with stomach and liver cancer and was given just six months to live. Her aunt lived much longer than six months--she lived for twenty-one more years, with absolutely no recurrence of cancer. 

Caisse and Dr. R.O. Fisher began experimenting with essiac in a "lab" in her mother's basement. After a group of eight doctors witnessed the miraculous recovery of a man under her care (at the doctors' request), those doctors sent a petition to Ottawa requesting that the government provide Caisse with facilities where she could administer her treatment. Sounds like a great idea, but someone didn't think so: Not only was the petition denied, but Caisse actually was close to being arrested for practicing medicine without a license! The only reason she escaped arrest is that she had provided free treatment.

In the late 1920's. Dr. W.C. Arnold and Caisse performed experiments on mice. The mice were injected with Rous Sarcoma, and then treated with essiac. The results? They lived fifty-two days, which was longer than any of the mice lived with any other treatment in the experiment.

Caisse decided to quit nursing in 1929, and began devoting all her time to essiac research in her apartment in Bracebridge, Ontario. She was remarkably successful treating terminally ill cancer patients--people who had basically been given up for dead by the medical establishment.

Rene Caisse drifted in and out of the public spotlight over the next several decades. Her priority was to perform her work with cancer patients while trying to avoid public persecution. The authorities tried to have her arrested many times, but were not successful.

Rene Caisse went to great lengths to protect her formula, believing that it had the potential to be exploited by money-hungry marketers, or pushed under the rug by the medical community in favor of their own self-interests. She continuously refused to reveal the formula because she feared the motives of others. In 1977, Rene Caisse signed over a four-herb formula to Resperin Corp. of Canada, under the stipulation that Resperin completed clinical tests on the formula. The agreement dictated that if they did not complete these tests, Dr. Charles Brusch would have control of the formula (Dr. Brusch and Caisse had performed clinical tests on essiac together in the 1960's). It turns out that Resperin never completed the tests, but for some reason the formula continued to remain with them. Many companies today sell the four herb essiac formula and reference that the formula can be traced back to this Resperin agreement. However, Rene Caisse always believed in her eight herb formula and only relinquished a four herb formula under much pressure from outsiders.

Click on this link to learn more about Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles Brusch, who together researched the eight herb essiac formula.

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The eight herb essiac formula varied slightly over the years from the original essiac that the woman received from the medicine man in 1892. In fact, there are some variations of the eight herb formula today. These changes happened as part of a natural testing process whereby patients were monitored and their results noted. In 1959, Rene Caisse went to the Brusch Medical Clinic in Cambridge, Mass. to join Dr. Charles Armao Brusch, MD. She became partners with Dr. Charles Brusch with the intent of forming the "Rene Caisse Cancer Research Foundation," a charitable foundation which would have the purpose of utilizing this treatment for cancer in humans. Rene was provided with three rooms for her use at the clinic and all her expenses were taken care of. Rene and Charles Brusch remained partners, co-developers and co-owners until her death in 1978 at the age of 91.

Dr. Brusch, a medical doctor of noted background, had developed an interest in other natural forms of healing, his objective always the 'well-being' of the patient. He had set up the first acupuncture clinic to collect research data, and it was operating in his medical clinic when Rene Caisse arrived in 1959. He was the first doctor in the Western hemisphere to initiate a plan similar to Medicare within his clinic for those without money for medical help. He was extremely interested in herbs and their power to heal, which he learned from a long-time friend, a master herbalist from Lathrop, Missouri.

The objective at Dr. Brusch's clinic was to prove the merits of this simple, non-toxic, herbal formula called eight herb essiac. The formula had been used with great success on so many terminally ill patients but Dr. Brusch wanted to do even better. They began their research on the eight herb essiac using oral treatment only. No other medication was used and the herbs were given on an empty stomach. In the hope of identifying the active ingredient, they experimented with variations of injectable solutions, each vial containing a different herb. This failed to isolate one single herb, proving that effective results are obtained synergisticlly though the unique combination of the eight herbs in the correct proportions.

Consequently they returned to using the eight herb essiac formula administered in an oral fashion. One version of this formula is called "FlorEssence" in the marketplace. A double blind study was done in which other herbal formulas were used, all of which proved to be inferior.

Some of the positive results obtained from the eight herb essiac formulas were:

--cessation of pain

--increased appetite (emaciated patients gained weight)

--improved sleep

--feeling of well-being

--increased energy

--a decrease in depression

--a decrease in anxiety and fear

--a prolongation of life

--a decrease of nodular masses.

Dr. Brusch stated that the herbal tea identified the toxins, gathered them, broke them down, and discharged them.

Through the years some testing was done on eight herb essiac at well-known facilities including Sloan Kettering, Northwestern University, and Christie Street Hospital in Toronto, as well as many others. However, as Rene Caisse refused to reveal the full formula, conclusive results remained incomplete. In 1975, she only passed the formula that can be injected over to Sloan Kettering for testing purposes. They choose to freeze it--the one thing you absolutely cannot do with these herbs--which rendered it useless to test. Rene withdrew the formula from them immediately.

In 1977, following a lengthy and in-depth article in a national Canadian magazine, "Homemaker's", a retired chemist named David Fingard was shown the article, and was fascinated to read that Rene Caisse had never given the formula to anyone (other than her partner, with whom she worked). He determined that he would go and see her and talk her into releasing the formula to him. He had never heard of the woman before, even though she lived and worked in the same province, and many stories had been written about her. He admitted this on the "Stayin' Alive" talk radio show, when he was being interviewed by broadcaster Elaine Alexander.

Finegard continued to present his proposal to Rene, although she kept turning him down. She had already had several offers over the years to disclose the formula, but had always declined, because she believed it would be exploited. Finally, he told both Rene Caisse and Dr. Brusch that he was going to be financially funded by a large Canadian mining corporation, and that he would open five clinics across the country to treat terminally ill cancer patients free of charge, if they would only release the formula to him. Rene and Dr. Brusch felt that perhaps this was the last chance to get the herbal tea "out" to the people who needed it the most: the "terminal" cancer patients. At the same time, they were wary to reveal the full eight herb essiac formula because they were remained guarded against exploitation.

A contract was drawn up on Oct. 26th, 1977 between Resperin Corporation Limited, David Fingard, and Rene Caisse. The contract provided that Resperin and Caisse would co-operate in the promotion of the Essiac treatment for use throughout the world in alleviation and cure of cancer. There was very little compensation in the contract for Rene who had given 56 years of her life to this herbal tea. Dr. Brusch, who was to share any royalty with Rene, withdrew in this capacity and became only a witness to the signing of the contract. Rene cautiously passed over a smaller four herb formula that day in 1977, as she already had great doubts about what she had been told. Her doubts proved to be true when nothing seemed to be happening and no clinics were ever opened. To this day, no royalty has ever been paid from this contract to the "Rene Caisse Estate". She gave it away free for 56 years, and has been cheated ever since. Her contract had been breached by Resperin, and technically Caisse reserved the rights to retract her formula, which was a condition stated in the agreement.

In 1978, Rene Caisse died. Her "hey-day" was from 1924 to 1942, when she closed her cancer clinic, which she had operated for eight years in Bracebridge, Ontario. At that time, the medical powers-that-be formed a "Cancer Commission" which had the power to decree what could be used to treat cancer. Rene feared being charged, even though all around her, including many medical doctors, were completely aware of her outstanding successes. Dr. Brusch continued to work with an eight herb essiac formula they had developed together and many of his patients reaped the benefits.

In 1984, Dr. Brusch was interviewed by a long-time radio producer and broadcaster, Elaine Alexander, who broadcast out of Vancouver, Canada. This woman, as the producer of a popular radio talk show, produced a few programs on this herbal tea in the 1970s and had researched it in-depth for many years. In 1984, as a broadcaster, she introduced a new program called "Stayin' Alive." This show was a health-oriented show concerned with informing the listeners of the best in alternate and more natural ways of restoring health. On this show she again reported on this famous, though underrated, story.

The listener response was massive and seven 2-hour programs were produced covering the herbal tea in every aspect. Dr. Brusch was interviewed a number of times, as were others of importance to the story. Elaine and Dr. Brusch became friends. He was impressed by her long research of the subject, and her genuine interest. In 1988 they became partners legally and he passed to her a number of the herbal formulas on which he and Rene had worked during the time they were partners and co-owners.

A larger and further developed formula of this herbal tea, now known as "FlorEssence," emerged in the marketplace in July 1992. This pre-brewed liquid tea contains eight herbs that its makers claim are in perfect proportion for synergistic activity. Because you have to buy this tea pre-made, it is very expensive to take on a continual basis.

Luckily, it is possible to purchase eight herb essiac and brew it yourself. You may purchase eight herb essiac from by clicking here.

Those who claim they have the "original Rene Caisse Essiac Tea" are trying to mislead you because, in fact, the "original" formula (also an eight herb formula, not the four herb formula that was signed over to Resperin with Rene's reservations) has not been used for years. At one point Rene experimented with modifications to the formula including a four herb formula, but she never found one as effective as the eight herb formula. Those claiming to have the "original" formula are either ignorant to the facts, or deliberately trying to mislead you to buy an inferior four herb product. To be fair, many of them aren't aware that eight herb essiac is the "original" in the sense that it was Rene's preferred formula and thought to be superior by many. Herb companies that sell many herbal blends are not always well-informed about all of them. At, we specialize in essiac and only essiac.

Click here to learn more about how the current eight herb essiac was developed, and why it appears to be more effective than four herb formulas. 

We sell only eight herb essiac as we firmly believe this is the most effective form of essiac available.

What exactly is essiac? Click on the link if you'd like our official definition. 

What is Essiac NOT?

Essiac is certainly not a "cure" for cancer. However, the results reported to us (both clinically and anecdotally) support the claim that eight herb essiac can be used to improve the immune system and therefore help the body fight illness, including but not limited to cancer, diabetes, AIDS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and liver diseases. It can also be used as a daily preventive supplement or a periodic detoxifier.

Although there is no way we can predict how essiac will work for you, we recommend it to our loved ones and believe it will help you become healthier. However, we also understand and believe that everyone needs to make his or her own health decisions. We offer you the invitation to read about our eight herb essiac on our site and decide for yourself whether it is the right choice for you.

Please don't try to obtain the eight herbs in essiac yourself and try to blend your own essiac. The eight herbs need to be blended according to specified ratios for the essiac to have the desired effect. 

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Disclaimer: Eight herb essiac is not FDA tested and approved as a treatment or cure for any disease or condition, including cancer. We do not represent it as such on this site. You must determine whether eight herb essiac can be of any help to you. We have provided accounts and descriptions that represent the opinions of experts in alternative treatments as well as essiac users. We do not endorse any of these opinions as medical fact.

The Eight Herb Essiac Tea Recipe

The eight organic essiac tea ingredients that we’ve been talking about are the freshest and highest quality herbs on the market. Each herb is gathered from the purest source available and the unique blend of all eight herbs together create the strongest tea out there today. Many retailers and stores sell the “four herb” tea that has its benefits but the combination of all eight herbs in their proper amounts has been shown to be the most effective and healthiest way to take essiac tea.

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The herbs are listed in alphabetical order below. Knowledge is power and the more we all know, the better our product and service become.

Blessed Thistle. This herb aids digestion therefore helps various digestive problems including constipation, gas and upset stomach. It is also widely used to treat liver and gallbladder diseases.

Burdock Root. A mild diuretic, this herb increases the production of urine and sweat, potentially making it useful in treating swelling and fever. Burdock root is believed to play a major role in preventing liver damage caused by alcohol, chemicals, medications, and Hepatitis C. The reason for this protective effect is not known, but it is thought to involve opposition of a chemical process called oxidation, which occurs in the body as a natural function of metabolism. Oxidation results in the release of oxygen free radicals which may suppress the immune system. 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 is a source of iodine which is crucial in the production of thyroid hormones. These hormones maintain proper metabolism in the cells. This increases energy levels and helps make it easier to maintain a healthy body weight. Kelp is the most nutrient-dense of all the essiac tea ingredients. This key ingredient is not found in the four herb essiac formula.

Red Clover. Red clover is a source of many crucial 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. It is thought that the isoflavones prevent the proliferation of cancer cells and that they may even destroy cancer cells. This herb is important in the relation between essiac and cancer.

Sheep Sorrel. Sheep sorrel is a rich source of oxalic acid, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, beta carotene, and vitamin C. This 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 due to gout or other causes. Besides being an essiac tea ingredient, this herb is also used to alleviate sore throats. Slippery elm bark is found in many lozenges that claim to soothe throat irritation. Since a sore throat and a cough are often linked, slippery elm bark has also been used in cough remedies. It also regulates the colon, easing both constipation and diarrhea.

Turkish Rhubarb Root. This detoxifying herb is world-famous for its healing properties. Rhubarb root purges the body of bile, parasites, and stagnating food in the digestive tract by stimulating the gall duct to expel toxic waste matter. It has been shown to alleviate chronic liver problems by cleansing 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. High in Vitamin C, watercress is used as a general tonic, and its bitter taste 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 a remarkable substance called 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. This is the culprit which gives the tea its slightly bitter taste, but the benefits are worth it. Disclaimer: Essiac is not FDA tested and has not been FDA approved as a treatment or cure for any health problem, including cancer. We do not represent it as such on this site. You must determine whether essiac is a treatment method you should pursue. We have provided accounts and descriptions that represent the opinions of a variety of experts in the alternative treatment world as well as actual users of essiac. We believe that our formula is the most effective essiac formula being sold in the world, and that our essiac tea ingredients are of the highest quality. However, we do not endorse anything on this site as medical fact.

Another site with recipe:

The Authentic, Original



The following formula is Rene Caisse’s Essiac formula and recipe which Rene's best friend, Mary McPherson, filed, under Oath, with the Town of Bracebridge in 1994.  This was also the same formula and recipe that Dr. Gary Glum published in 1988.  For further information on Rene Caisse plus important tips on how to brew your own Essiac tea read the article"THE TRUTH ABOUT ESSIAC:  Rene Caisse and Her Herbal Cancer Treatment, Essiac".


CLICK HERE to view a certified copy of Mary McPherson's affidavit with handwritten attachment.  This legally recorded affidavit is the only real proof of Rene Caisse's Essiac tea formula.  This affidavit is evidence which would hold up in a court of law because it is the only official evidence, under Oath, recorded for the public record in a government office, which gives the original, authentic Essiac formula and recipe.  Mary McPherson knew the Essiac formula because she was the only person (other than Rene herself) who was allowed to make Essiac tea to give to Rene's cancer patients.  This is the formula which helped so many cancer patients in Rene Caisse's clinic in Bracebridge, Ontario.  Rene Caisse did experiment with and use other herbal combinations throughout her life, but this is the final Essiac formula that she was using after so many years of research as evidenced by Mary McPherson's affidavit and other sources. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Notice that the "1 ounce of herb mixture" is not a weight measurement because it is measured with "a measuring cup" that measures fluid ounces, which is a volume measurement of water.  It is important to mention that Rene Caisse did not use a weight measurement when adding the herb mixture to boiling water.  She used volume measurement for the combined dried herbs with fluid ounce measurements.  This makes the recipe seem confusing unless one realizes that one cup of the dried herb mixture does not weigh as much as one cup of water (which weighs 8 ounces).  That is, one cup of "herb mixture" does not weigh 8 fluid ounces because the dried, powdered herbs are lighter than water. 

Rene Caisse did weigh the individual herbs before mixing them together.  That is, the "1 pound of sheep sorrel herbs", "1/4 pound of slippery elm bark" and "1 ounce of Turkish rhubarb root" are weight measurements.  6 1/2 cups of cut burdock root is, of course, a volume measurement and it is approximately equivalent to 24 ounces in weight when pieces are "the size of small peas".  [SECRETS OF RENE CAISSE'S PHARMACY, p. 14] 

It is also important to note that Rene Caisse used the whole sheep sorrel plant.  Nurse Caisse stated that sheep sorrel roots are "very essential" to the Essiac formula.

The formula below is a word-for-word transcription of Mary McPherson's affidavit:

6 ½ 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 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.


CLICK HERE for a printer-friendly version of easy-to-follow directions to make Essiac tea.


*6 ½ cups of burdock root (cut) is equalivalent to 24 oz.


According to THE ESSIAC BOOK by Mali Klein (p. 29), the recipe can also be made in gram weight measurements as follows: 


120 g Burdock (chopped)

  80 g Sheep sorrel (powdered)

  20 g Slippery elm (powdered)

    5 g Turkey rhubarb

Use 15 g herb mix to 1.5 litres pure spring water

Boiling time: 10 minutes

Basic single daily does:  30 ml herbal tea diluted in either 30 ml or 60 ml hot water, taken at bedtime or when you get up.


CLICK HERE for Essiac FAQ and discover why sheep sorrel roots are a vital part of the Essiac formula.


CLICK HERE to view a copy of the Essiac formula that Mary McPherson gave to Barbara Kokotsis in the early 1980s.


CLICK HERE for the December 2012 interview with Barbara Kokotsis wherein she verifies sheep sorrel roots in the Essiac formula that Mary McPherson gave her in the early 1980s.


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


ESSIAC QUESTIONS?  Be sure to visit our ESSIAC BOOKS section to find reliable and well-documented information about Essiac tea. 






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Preparing the Essiac Tea Recipe

Rene Caisse’s essiac herbal tea is known worldwide. The formula is no longer secret and the four herbs are easy to obtain as separate ingredients or combined in one of the many related products available today as a direct result of Rene Caisse’s continuing work. Many of us have sheep sorrel in our gardens. The most important herb in the formula is actually classified as a pernicious weed. Mary McPherson, Rene’s life-long friend and helper verified her formula in an affidavit of December 23, 1994 in Bracebridge, Ontario, Rene’s hometown in Canada.

  • 6 ½ 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 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.

- Mary McPherson

The tea isn’t difficult to make and I’m going to take you through the process step-by-step to show you how simple it really is. It’s like riding a bicycle or driving a car, once you know how to do it, you never forget.

The Herbs

Picture of herbs used in the essiac tea recipe

Mountain Rose Herbs sells the essiac herbs individually and in a blend as well

The original formula used eight herbs and was created for an English woman living in a mining camp by a Native American medicine man in the 1890s. There were at least six different Native American tribes living in northern Ontario at the time and the English woman never mentioned which tribe he came from but it is widely believed that he belonged to the Ojibwe tribe. She told Rene Caisse about the formula 30 years later in 1922. All eight herbs were either native to the region or had become naturalized as a result of immigration from Europe.

The four main herbs were and still are Sheep sorrelGreater BurdockSlippery elm, and Turkey rhubarb. Rene Caisse discovered the other four herbs very early on in her research for the formula in the late 1920s. She only ever revealed three of them water cress, periwinkle, and red clover but an eyewitness report from the 1930s suggested very strongly that the eighth herb was gold thread, now becoming increasingly rare since many of its native habitats have been destroyed. The same witness revealed that Rene Caisse continued to include this herb in the formula for a few of the people who were drinking the tea.

If you are buying the herbs yourself, make sure to always choose certified organic herbs. Rene Caisse always insisted that the whole sheep sorrel herb, leaf, stem and root, be included in the formula. Sheep sorrel is the most important herb. The best sheep sorrel spends the winter under snow and is harvested in late spring, May to mid-June, before the flowers open. Three plants like this will keep one person in sheep sorrel for one year.

We will only use the root of the burdock plant. It has to be chopped while it is fresh because it will dry very hard and make it difficult to chop. Slippery elm inner bark is best bought already powdered. Turkey rhubarb root is very easy to grind. It can be bought in pieces, smaller pieces or already powdered. This is enough to prepare an herb mixture that will last one person drinking 30ml, one fluid ounce of the tea, every day for just over a year, or around 15 months.

The Original Essiac Tea Recipe

If it works, don’t change it.- Rene Caisse
  • 120g Burdock chopped root
  • 80g Sheep sorrel powdered whole root
  • 20g Slippery elm powdered inner bark
  • 5g Turkey rhubarb powdered root

All together this makes 225g of dried herb tea mix. Mary McPherson used to mix the herbs in a big glass jar and shake them together to mix them up. You can do it that way if you want to or else you can try the cake method as I call it. I normally use the cake method.

First wash and dry your hands thoroughly making sure to clean under your nails and around any rings. Put 5g of Turkey rhubarb root powder into a clean dry bowl. Add 20g of slippery elm powder and rub the two herbs together with your fingers; rub them in well. This makes the Turkey rhubarb root cling to the bark and insures an even distribution of the smallest ingredients in the final mix.

Next put 80g of Sheep sorrel whole herb – 60 g leaf and stem and 20g root – and mix together with your fingers again. I don’t grind this herb too finely leaf, stem or root. Last, add 120g of Burdock root and mix well. Burdock root is always finely chopped not powdered. This is the herb that is primarily responsible for the variation in color of the tea. The tea should be pale to mid-brown, never a dark brown. It’s the Burdock that occasionally turns it a bright Floridian green. Take care not to stir up too much dust. If you are making a larger quantity of the herb mix, it is a good idea to wear a mask while mixing.

This mixture will store quite well in a clear glass jar with a screw on lid and keep in a cool, dry place. A large Mason jar works perfectly for this purpose.

Preparing to make the tea:


    What you’ll Need

  • Stainless Steel, Enamelware or Glass Pot (Do not use aluminum!)
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Stainless steel cooking spoon
  • Stainless steel sieve
  • Bottles or mason jars with lids (enough to hold about 1.4 liters of tea)

  • You need a cooking pan with a well-fitting lid, one that will hold one and a half liters of water without boiling over. It can be enamel, stainless steel, or glass, but no aluminum or copper and no Teflon coated equipment as the tea can react with these materials. That being said, Rene Caisse used an aluminum pan for so many years that it had holes in it before she was persuaded to use something more user-friendly. I like to use a pan with a glass lid so that I can keep an eye on the tea while it is cooking without having to lift the lid.

    You need one heat-proof, glass measuring jug; two if you are not confident about pouring the tea from the pan into the jug. I’m going to use two jugs. You need a stainless steel kitchen sieve and a stainless steel cooking spoon. You will need bottles enough to hold 1 ¼ liters of tea; either three 500ml bottles or five 300ml bottles, or even brown juice bottles if you have them. A funnel is another option for pouring the tea into bottles. I don’t usually bother because it is one more thing you have to sterilize. It’s up to you; do whatever you feel the most comfortable with. A bottle brush is an absolute necessity.

    It is best to keep one pan that you use especially for making tea. Any other pan will have to be very well scrubbed and sterilized by filling with warm water and boiling with the lid on for 10 minutes. Don’t forget to pour out this water before you make the tea.

    You’re going to make up the tea as a decoction. This means that the herb mixture must be boiled and allowed to stand in the same pan with the lid on for up to 12 hours in order for the active ingredients to be drawn out of the tea.

    There has always been some discussion as to whether the Sheep sorrel should be boiled for the same length of time as the other herbs. Well, Rene Caisse boiled the Sheep sorrel along with the rest of the herbs and like she said, “If it works, don’t change it.”

    Making the essiac tea

    The proportion of herb mixture to water is very easy to remember. You use 10g of herb mixture to one liter of water. We’re going to mix up 15g of herb mixture to 1 ½ liters of water. This will make enough to have for one person taking 30mg – one fluid ounce – once a day for one month. If you want to make more, you can mix up 20g of herb in two liters of water, or 30g to herb to three liters of water, whichever you wish.

    Now, what water do we use? Now this can really start some arguments. Rene Caisse took her water from a spring near her clinic. You cannot use tap water and that’s a fact, not unless it has been thoroughly filtered and the filter has been thoroughly maintained. Many people do very well using valve mineral water which has a very low sodium content and a pH of seven. Other people only use spring water stored in glass bottles. At the end of the day, make the most of what you’ve got. I use purified spring water.

    We’re going to work in liters and grams because English and American pints are completely different, and the English don’t use quarts anymore. Most measuring cups or scales on either side of the Atlantic measure liters as well as pints and grams as well as ounces. So we’re going to opt to use the European system this time as a useful in between way.

    While your water is heating up, you can measure out the herb mixture. We need 15g. Add the herb mixture and stir thoroughly just as the water is just beginning to come to the boil. You want to cook the tea at a rolling boil; that’s just above simmering, but not boiling over. You will have to adjust the heat accordingly. If you are using electricity it is probably a good idea to transfer to another hot plate. Put the lid back on and set a timer for 10 minutes.

    Heating the Tea

    Cook 15 grams of herb mixture in 1.5 liters of spring water and boil for 10 minutes. You can start preparing the utensils while waiting and give the bottles and the jugs a good scrub. You can use the bottle brush on the sieve as well. Like the pan, it is always good to keep a sieve for the tea. Make sure all the utensils are well rinsed. Leave them to dry on a tea towel until you are ready to pour the tea.

    Turn off the gas, or remove the pan from the heat as soon as the ten minutes are up. There will probably be some of the herbs stuck to the pan during cooking. Take the clean spoon and pour scolding water from the kettle over it. Now scrape the residual herbs from the side of the pan and stir them well into the tea. Put the lid back on the pan and leave it completely undisturbed for 12 hours. If you have to leave the tea longer, no more than 18 hours. Make sure you put the pan in a cool dark place. Put it in a fridge if you live in a hot climate. Wash the spoon and rinse it thoroughly and leave under the tea towel with the rest of the utensils.

    There are several ways to sterilize the utensils and this is important because there are no preservatives in the tea. You can either put everything in the steamer for 20 minutes, or else you can put the bottles and the jugs in the oven, again for 20 minutes, then boil the sieve, the spoon and the bottle tops. Sterilize all the utensils either in a steamer for 20 minutes or by boiling the tops, sieve, and spoon and heating the jugs and bottles in the oven at 150°C/300°F.

    Never, ever use bleach or any other harsh chemicals for sterilizing any of the equipment. If you don’t have an oven or a steamer, you can use one of the cleaning agents like Milton for cleaning baby bottles. NOTE:If using one of the chemical baby equipment sterilizing solutions, always remember to rinse away any residual chemical at least three times in cooled boiled water before use. Always Remember … Dirty Tools Make Moldy Tea!

    Final steps: Re-heating the tea after steeping for 12 hours.

    This is where you have to pay attention because you need to heat it to steaming hot, not to boiling. Never re-boil the tea.

    Always remember … Never re-boil the tea!!

    When you can see the herbs are beginning to bubble, keep watching the pan and get ready. When it is hot and steamy and just beginning to simmer but not boil, remove it from the heat and allow it to stand for a few minutes to allow the herbs to settle. Using oven gloves or a tea towel, take out the bottles and the jugs one by one and stand them on a heat proof surface on the table.

    Now lift the lid on the tea. You should see that the herbs are beginning to settle. Using the smaller jug, carefully lift up the tea trying to disturb the sediment as little as possible, then straining it through the sieve. The tea will darken slightly and the sediment will drop to the bottom of the bottle as it cools. Don’t put the scooping jug down on the table until you are through dipping the tea. It can stand in the sterilizing pan in between scoops. The sediment from the herbs can go back onto the garden.

    Now pour the prepared tea into the bottles and put the lids on as soon as each bottle is full. Never filter the tea.

    Always remember – Never filter the tea!

    The sediment at the bottom of each bottle is normal and should not detract from the keeping quality of the tea. You may find the last bottle has more sediment than the others, but this will soon settle down once the bottle is cold. Some people like to shake up the bottle and drink that as well. I don’t, but it is a matter of personal taste. I don’t like the bits between my teeth.

    Some settlement is normal in a bottle of Essiac Tea. However, if you don’t pay enough attention to the sterilizing process, or you forget to put the bottle back in the fridge after you’ve been using it, you may notice after four or five days you have a furball of mold on top of the sediment in the bottom of the bottle. It will be quite distinct; you’ll not mistake it. When you take the top of the bottle the smell will be very rancid and it is disgusting. There is only one place to put it and that is the sink.

    Dirty tools and forgetting the rules make moldy tea!

    So let’s review the rules again:

    • Always store the herbs in a cool, dark place in a screw top jar.
    • Always sterilize the utensils.
    • Always make sure the lids are on the bottles before you put them in the fridge.
    • Never leave open bottles out of the fridge.

    And there are two more very important rules:

    • Don’t ever microwave the tea! Not at any stage
    • Don’t ever freeze it!
    • The microwave and the freezer completely destroy all the goodness in the tea.

      Rene Caisse recommended drinking 30ml of the tea, that is one fluid ounce diluted into two fluid ounces of water, preferably at bedtime, or you can drink it first thing in the morning if it is easier for you. This is a 30ml measure. It tastes good, not bitter or sour. It’s not thick. Don’t add anything else to it, drink it like it is. Even animals like drinking it. If you must though, you can add a bit of honey or stevia.


      Drink 1 fluid ounce/3ml of the tea diluted with 2 fluid ounces/60ml of hot water. The tea can also be taken undiluted but has a stronger taste. Many people like to add honey or stevia to sweeten the tea. If taken undiluted, you should drink extra water afterward to avoid side effects caused by toxins being released. Drink once a day at bedtime.

      Well, now that wasn’t so difficult. Preparing the essiac tea recipe can seem like a lot of work, but it’s worth it and after the first time it’s a breeze. If possible, I recommend you grow your own sheep sorrel and burdock for quality and to save money. If you cant grow your own, the Internet is the next best resource for all of the essiac herbs.

Another person making this recipe:

Flora Flor-essence Dry Tea Blend 2 1/8 -Ounces (Health and Beauty)

I bought this here, but then I found out that you can make your own for cheaper at home.
Here's the recipe:

1.5 lbs of burdock root powder
1 lb of sheep sorrel powder
0.25 lb of slippery elm powder
1 oz of Turkish rhubarb root powder
1 oz wartercress
1 oz kelp powder
1 oz blessed thistle
1 oz red clover herb

You can buy these herbs organic and in bulk online (google bulk organic herbs).

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

Take a measuring cup, use 1/4 cup of herb mixture to 4 cups of water depending on the amount you want to make. (eg: 1 cup of herb mixture in a gallon of water)

Use a "Visions" glass pot. 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, then strain through fine strainer into glass bottles and sit to cool. Store in refrigerator.

Basic single daily does: 1/8 cup herbal tea diluted in 1/8 cup hot water, taken on an empty stomach (at bedtime or when you get up.)

I am using a simplified version: without kelp powder because it is too fishy. I am feeling great!

If you put 1 cup of this mixture into a gallon of water, it will make 3 quarts of tea. I put the scalding hot tea into 3 quart-sized glass bottles and seal it tight, let it cool, and then refrigerate it. I only open what I need, the other bottles will stay fresh because i sealed it while it was still hot.

 The actual recipe for ESSIAC is a closely guarded secret. If you intend to improve your health or cure cancer, don't go cheap. Buy the real deal. Your life may depend upon it.

I'd say that a good starting dose for someone with active cancer under 175 lbs is 1/4 cup twice daily, and adjusted up 1 oz per 50lbs during the active treatment period.

I think you actually have the basic recipe down pretty well. If you talk to an Ojibwa medicine person, they will tell you "I use a big hand-ful of burdock, a smaller one of sheep sorrel, etc." so this isn't precise chemistry.

I am curious where you heard about leaving it on a warming plate overnight? That sounds like an incredibly good idea, but in all my research, you are the first person to mention it!

his instructions are 'verbatim' what Mary McPherson (who worked with Rene Caisse) wrote out that are on public record

here: read this about prostate cancer:

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flor-Essence Worked for Us - Cancer Free, May 9, 2011

My husband has taken the Flor-Essence tea since 1996 when he was initially diagnosed with Stage 2 prostate cancer. After being diagnosed with the cancer in 1995, he underwent radiation therapy. At the time, it appeared the radiation was successful since his PSA levels were normal. As you might imagine, we were both ecstatic about this. However, this happiness was short-lived.

In 1996, a follow up PSA test showed the PSA level had started to increase. His urologist said this was not good believing the radiation did not get all of the cancer.

After consulting with a local health food expert, I started my husband on the Flor-Essence tea, Flora Pro-Essence (specifically for the prostate), and modified citrus pectin (known to kill cancer cells). During an exam, his urologist told us after reviewing his PSA level (now normal), "I don't what you are doing, but whatever it is it's working."

Fifteen years later and still taking all three products, my husband remains cancer free and his PSA levels normal.

We sincerely believe by taking these products it literally saved his life. The tea is a natural, gentle cleansing product which also helped him more easily recover from the serious side effects of the radiation therapy.

I also take the Flor-Essence tea and find it helps my immune system. Rarely (if ever), do I get colds or the flu. The tea also helps both of us sleep better at night.

We are so thankful for the Flor-Essence tea.