Essiac Tea

How to Make Essiac Tea

— The Recipe

52 parts: Burdock Root (cut or dried) (parts by weight) 16 parts: Sheep Sorrel (powdered) 1 part: Turkey Rhubarb (powdered) or 2 parts domestic Rhubarb 4 parts: Slippery Elm (powdered)

Rene Caisse revised the basic 4-herb formula (shown above) slightly, but she never released her exact revision. A woman who worked with Caisse reports the additions were as follows: Kelp (2 parts), Red Clover (1 part), Blessed Thistle (1 part), Watercress (0.4 parts). Note: These additional herbs are considered optional by most Essiac Tea experts.


3-gallon stainless steel pot with lid

2-gallon stainless steel pot with lid

Stainless steel fine mesh double strainer, funnel, and spatula

6 or more 32 oz. sterilized amber glass bottle with airtight caps


2 gallons distilled water for 6-7 quarts of tea

1 cup Burdock Root

2 cups Sheep Sorrel

½ cup Slippery Elm Bark, cut and sifted not powdered

2 teaspoons Turkey Rhubarb Root


Pour 2 gallons distilled water in the 3-gallon pot, cover, bring to boil. Place loose herbs in boiling water and stir. Cover and reduce heat; boil for 10 minutes. Remove pot from stove; let steep for 12 hours. After 12 hours, place pot on stove and return to boil. Remove boiling tea from stove and strain into the other stainless steel pot. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain carefully into the bottles. Let stand until safe to touch. Refrigerate.

How to Use:

For prevention, take 2 ounces each morning or evening on an empty stomach. Cancer and AIDS patients or other ill people have chosen to take it daily — 2 ounces in the morning, 5 minutes before eating, and again in the evening, at least 2 hours after eating.

Tips from Dr. Glum:

Keep refrigerated Shake well before using Use cold or warmed (never microwave) Stomach cancer patients must dilute the herbal drink with an equal amount of sodium-free distilled water Essiac is marketed as pills, teabags, and homeopathic drops, none of which have been studied and proven like the original tea Some doctors advise against taking Essiac while pregnant

The more you make Essiac tea, the easier it will be to prepare it. Enjoy, be well, and pass the recipe on to others!

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