Essiac Circle of Friends
Herbs & Information to Make Essiac Tea
Organic, U.S.-Grown Herbs - Sheep Sorrel root included
Welcome to the Essiac Circle of Friends home page. We provide the herbs to make Essiac tea just like Rene Caisse made it! Our information is based upon the research and documentation of Sheila Snow* and Mali Klein, who have collectively written five books about Rene Caisse and Essiac tea. According to their research and documents obtained from the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Institute, Rene Caisse stated that sheep sorrel roots are "very essential" to the Essiac tea formulas. Our site is one of only a few sources worldwide for the herbs to make Essiac tea with the ENTIRE sheep sorrel plant, roots included. Sheep sorrel roots are much more potent than the leaves and the roots contain nutrients which are not present in the leaves. In fact, the potent sheep sorrel roots don't even taste like the leaves--as if they are an entirely different herb!
Beginning in the 1920s Rene Caisse experimented with terminally ill patients and laboratory mice using various herbal combinations and developed several formulas for promoting healing in a variety of illnesses, including cancer and diabetes. Her most well-known formula is the classic four-herb Essiac tea: Burdock root (cut), Sheep Sorrel (whole herb, powdered, including root), Slippery Elm inner bark (powdered), and Turkey Rhubarb root (powdered). This was the formula that Nurse Caisse was using near the end of her life after more than 50 years of research. Rene Caisse kept her formulas secret except for only a handful of people. After her death, Dr. Gary Glum released the four-herb formula to the general public after purchasing it in the US in 1985 from one of Rene's former patients. Later, Rene's best friend, Mary McPherson, recorded a sworn affidavit containing the same four-herb Essiac formula, formally entering the classic Essiac formula into the public domain for everyone to use. Mary McPherson was the only person that Rene allowed to make Essiac tea for her cancer patients. (For more information please read the notice at the bottom of this page).
"If it works, don't change it." -- Rene M. Caisse, R.N.
CLICK HERE to find what Rene Caisse said about SHEEP SORREL ROOTS
~~~ SPECIAL BLEND ESSIAC TEA HERBS ~~~
We use organic whole herb sheep sorrel and we specifically add powdered sheep sorrel roots just like Rene Caisse did. The addition of sheep sorrel roots makes our Essiac tea higher priced than most suppliers because sheep sorrel roots are very expensive to grow and properly process. And we tell you just how much sheep sorrel root you are getting! Click on the "Growing Methods" button and "Harvesting Roots" button above to learn more about how we do it.
Our herbs are double-sourced to help ensure a balance of soil nutrients. We also add burdock seed and sheep sorrel seed as was recommended by herbalist and Essiac researcher Sheila Snow to increase the potency even more. (Sheila Snow was Rene Caisse's friend and she helped Rene procure some of the herbs for her cancer patients.) Although the addition of precisely measured amounts of sheep sorrel roots, sheep sorrel seeds and burdock seeds significantly increase the expense of our Essiac herbs, our concern for quality makes our Essiac tea herbs the highest quality and highest potency Essiac tea herbs in North America! Click here to find out why our sheep sorrel roots are so special.
Our herbs are properly dried, prepared, thoroughly mixed and ready to go to make home brewed Essiac tea Our sheep sorrel root is included in exact quantities as listed on each label. We mix the herbs up in small quantities as Rene Caisse did, so you can be assured that our products are of the utmost freshness and quality. The sheep sorrel roots that we use as part of the Essiac formula are grown naturally without any pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers in northern Idaho in mineral-rich soil. The sheep sorrel leaf, burdock root & seed and turkey rhubarb root are certified organic. Slippery elm is certified organic and wildcrafted in the eastern US. All four Essiac herbs are grown in the US and are not irradiated.
We use the following standard, legally documented Essiac tea formula
6 ½ cups of cut burdock root [arctium lappa]*
1 pound of powdered sheep sorrel herb w/roots [rumex acetosella]
1/4 pound of powdered slippery elm bark [ulmus rubrus/fulva]
1 ounce of powdered Turkish rhubarb root [rheum palmatum tanguticum]
*6 ½ cups of burdock root (cut) is equalivalent to 24 oz.
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*Sheila Snow worked directly with Rene Caisse and both she and Mali Klein also worked extensively with Mary McPherson. Sheila spent 27 years compiling a priceless Essiac Archive collection of Rene Caisse's personal papers and correspondence, legal documents, the only existing clinic case records, many hours of tape recorded conversations, memorabilia and other documentation of Essiac history.
Essiac Circle of Friends
Essiac NorthWest, BE WELL Inspirations and Humbleweed 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 provide 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 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 was the first to post Mary McPherson's "Essiac" formula affidavit here. That is the formula we use.
We offer 10% (regular strength) and 20% (extra-strength) sheep sorrel roots. 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.
Essiac North West, BE WELL Inspirations and Humbleweed 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.
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