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HOW TO MAKE ESSIAC TEA
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The following Essiac tea instructions have been simplified as much as possible to save time and to make it easier for people new to Essiac to make the tea. The supplies for making Essiac tea can usually be found in your local hardware or grocery store in the canning supplies section. Do not use any aluminum utensils as aluminum can react with Essiac tea.
Supplies Needed: Enameled pot, glass pot or stainless steel pot--with lid. Canning jars, lids & rings. Strainer and funnel or a glass measuring cup.
The following recipe is for making one gallon of tea using 1/2 cup (2 oz by weight) of Essiac tea herbs. You can make a smaller, two-quart batch by dividing this recipe in half, etc. It is best to make just enough Essiac tea to last about two weeks because Essiac tea is perishable and will eventually spoil in the refrigerator. You can increase the shelf life of Essiac tea by sterilizing all utensils, jars, rings, lids, etc. in a boiling water bath for at least 15 minutes. One can skip the sterilization step to save time and therefore one can make Essiac tea in small batches to drink it up quickly before it spoils.
1. Pour one gallon of unchlorinated water into pot and bring to a boil. (Optional: Add extra water to compensate for water boiling off and water absorption of herbs.)
2. Reduce heat to a slow boil to prevent boiling over and then slowly stir in (with a wooden spoon) 1/2 cup (2 oz) of dried Essiac tea herbs to boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes (making sure it doesn't boil over). (To make a two-quart batch use ľ cup of herbs; one quart use 2 tbsp.)
3. Scrape down the sides of the pot and allow the tea to sit, covered, in a warm place (room temperature) for 8 to 12 hours. Overnight works well.
4. Reheat the tea in the covered pot until steaming hot, but do not boil it twice. [If boiled twice for too long it may not taste as good.]
5. Allow the tea to sit covered and undisturbed for several minutes so that the herbs will settle to the bottom of the pot.
6. Place funnel and strainer on top of preheated canning jars. (If you donít have a funnel and strainer, you can use a glass measuring cup to pour the tea into the jars.)
7. Carefully pour off (decant) the liquid from the pot into the canning jars so as to keep sediment out as much as possible. Screw the lids on, allow to cool and then refrigerate. The sediment can be used for poultices or can be discarded or composted. Some sediment at the bottom of jars is quite usual and acceptable.
SUGGESTIONS FOR DRINKING ESSIAC TEA
Pour 1 to 2 fl. oz. of the concentrated Essiac tea (1/8 to 1/4 cup) into a mug and add hot water, once or twice daily. Do not microwave the tea. Drink Essiac tea on an empty stomach.
Take the time to sip your Essiac tea slowly; donít gulp it down. According to THE ESSIAC BOOK, Essiac tea is more effective if one holds the tea longer in the mouth--the longer, the better. This is sometimes referred to as the sublingual method. "Sublingual" means "under the tongue". The capillaries under the tongue can absorb the medicinal qualities of sheep sorrel directly into the bloodstream.
Discard Essiac tea if it tastes sour or when white mold appears floating on the surface. Essiac herbs and tea are light and heat sensitive so it is important to store in a cool, dry, dark place.
CLICK HERE to learn what Rene Caisse said about the importance of sheep sorrel roots.
Essiac Circle of Friends
Essiac NorthWest, Humbleweed, Creation's Wealth and BE WELL Inspirations have all contributed to the Essiac Circle of Friends, a natural society of like-minded people continuing traditional native herbal healing in the spirit of the Seven Fires Prophecy. The Essiac Circle of Friends is a cooperative effort to provide the highest quality Essiac tea herbs on the planet. It is not in itself a corporation or business but some of the people involved have started their own retail outlets [see above] to provide these high-quality herbs to the public. We are the people who planted, grew, harvested and supplied these high-quality herbs to those in need. The Circle has evolved over several years with various people contributing to it and then moving on in the ever-changing ebb and flow of life.
* IMPORTANT NOTICE: We do not sell nor are we associated with the trademarked (TM) or registered (R) "ESSIAC" products that are sold by other companies in Canada and the US. We only sell the herbs so that people can make Rene Caisse's tea in their own homes. Rene Caisse never registered, patented or trademarked "Essiac" which was simply her last name spelled backwards and was originally derived from a native American herbal remedy for cancer. The word "Essiac" was in common usage in the 1930s, decades before anyone tried to corner the market by "registering" or "trademarking" the word "Essiac". Furthermore, we only use the "Essiac" formula which Rene Caisse's best friend, Mary McPherson, officially entered into the public domain in a sworn affidavit in 1994 in Bracebridge, Ontario. This formula uses Turkey rhubarb root which is much more pleasant tasting than the Indian rhubarb products on the market (which is why Rene Caisse switched to Turkey rhubarb in her final Essiac tea formula). The HealthFreedom.info website has posted Mary McPherson's "Essiac" formula affidavit here. This is the formula we use.
We include sheep sorrel roots in all our Essiac tea products at precise percentages. The percentages refer to the ratio of sheep sorrel root to the total sheep sorrel content in the formula.
The information on this page and on this website is for historical and general information purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.
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