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Essiac Tea (Meridian Herbs)


Essiac Tea was researched and perfected by Canadian nurse Rene Caisse in the 1920s. It is believed Essiac tea enables the body to effectively remove toxins and wastes, permitting for cellular renewal and revitalized health. Its ingredients have powerful anti-oxidant, anti-cancerous and anti-inflammatory properties plus they strengthen the immune system and detoxify the body.

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Ingredients: burdock root, sheep sorrel, slippery elm and Indian (or Turkey) rhubarb root.

Note: It is important to first read all the Instructions, including Dosage and Warnings

Preparing Essiac Tea:
Use a glass or enamel container and a stainless steel saucepan (pot) when making this tea. Do NOT use an aluminum pot or tea pot as this metal can react with the herbs in the tea.
The recipe allows you to make sufficient Essiac tea for a few days.  It needs to be kept in a fridge once made, and should be kept in a clean sterilized glass bottle with a tightly fitting lid.  (Wash the bottle and lid and then fill with boiling water and submerge the lid in boiling water.  Allow to cool. Pour off the water just before filling the bottle with the herb tea.)

  1. Put 2 table spoons of herb into 1 liter of water in a saucepan and boil hard for 10 minutes. (Watch to see that the mixture doesn’t boil over.)
  2. Remove from the stove.
  3. Scrape the herbs down on the sides of the pot, then cover the pot with a lid.
  4. Allow the tea to draw for 12 (twelve) hours.
  5. Warm up the tea again, but DO NOT boil it again.
  6. Allow the herbs to settle for half an hour.
  7. Place a strainer over the clean bottle and carfully pour the tea into the bottle leaving the herbs behind in the pot. Close the bottle.
  8. Store the tea in the fridge.
  9. Discard the tea if it smells sour, or if it develops a white mould on top.  This means you kept it too long.

Recommended Dosage:

1. Pour ¼ cup cold Essiac tea into a mug and add some hot water to make a half cupful.
2. Do NOT microwave the tea to warm it up.
3. Drink Essiac tea on an empty stomach.
4. Can be taken once (1) or twice (2) per day
5. Sip the tea slowly; do NOT gulp it down.
6. Make sure to drink at least 4-6 glasses of fresh water every day, as Essiac tea is powerful detoxifying agent  and the water you drink will help flush toxins out of your system.


  1. Can cause nausea.  This is a result of the cleansing properties in the blend.  Discuss this with your therapist, who could change the dosage until your body can tolerate the medication.
  2. Do not take if you are pregnant or a nursing mother, or a woman trying to conceive.
  3. Do not take if you suffer from a kidney disease.
  4. Do not take if you suffer from increased levels of iron in the blood.
  5. Someone suffering from a stomach ulcer or digestive problems might suffer from increased irritation to the herbs in this formula.
  6. Someone who is suffering from recurring diarrhea should avoid this tea.
  7. For someone who has a brain tumor – It has been observed that Essiac tea initially increases the size of the brain tumor, which could cause complications. Thereafter it breaks down the tumor. Therefore before taking this tea for this purpose, discuss it with your oncologist so that he/she is aware of the situation.
  8. Anyone taking blood thinning medication – Warfarin – needs to monitor their values and adjust their medication accordingly.
  9. Anyone on heart medication (cardiac glycosides) might find that the Essiac tea assists the body to utilize the drugs more efficiently, and they therefore need to take less.  Keep a close eye on the situation.
  10. Anyone who is a diabetic might find that they need less insulin when on this herb tea. Keep a close eye on your blood sugar.

Did  you know?
Essiac Tea was originally formulated by a Canadian Ojibwa healer with the purpose of purifying the body and restoring/maintaining balance between body and spirit.
In 1922, Canadian nurse Rene Caisse learned of the four-herb mixture from a patient who claimed that use of the native medicine cured her breast cancer. Between that time and her death in 1978, Caisse dedicated her life to using this herbal blend to treat cancer, even treating her own aunt and mother with reported success. Because of the tremendous role that Rene Caisse played in researching and promoting the use of this mixture, it became called “Essiac,” which is Caisse spelled backward.


Meridian Herbs

Local farm with over 40 years of experience in growing organic medicinal and culinary herbs. At Meridian Herbs, we are committed to quality and sustainability in every aspect of our business. We practice organic agriculture principles, regenerative farming, companion planting and crop rotation. We use certified organic fertiliser, high-quality organic compost, seaweed foliar spray, home-grown mulch & natural herb sprays. Your herbs will be free of poisons, chemicals, preservatives or irradiation from seedling, through our disciplined growing and processing stages, and into your hands.
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