Essiac Tea originated as a herbal remedy of the Ojibwa Native American tribes in North America and was known as the "Ojibwa Tea of Life." In 1922 a Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse learned about this healing elixir, which originally included eight herbs. Rene refined it to her own formula of four herbs and then used this formula to treat many terminal cancer patients for over 60 years until her death in 1978. (Essiac is "Caisse" spelled backwards.)
The four main herbs used in Rene Caisse's original formula were Burdock root (cut), Sheep Sorrel (whole herb, powdered, including root), Slippery Elm inner bark (powdered), and Turkey Rhubarb root (powdered).
Today, there are many sources of Essiac Tea on the market. While most blends contain Sheep Sorrel, only a few include what Rene Caisse described as the most important ingredient - the Sheep Sorrel ROOTS. It is important to research vendors and use a tea made with top quality herbs and processing.
As with any dietary supplement, it is important to fully research and form your own opinion on whether Essiac Tea is right for you in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional. Below are some resource links to help you get started.
Below is a list of Essiac Tea vendors used by Connect4Hope community members or the people featured in our Stories of Hope.