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HARVESTING SHEEP SORREL ROOTS
Growing, harvesting and processing sheep sorrel roots is very labor-intensive which makes our Essiac products more expensive than others. The picture on the right shows how we must first loosen the soil with a large, heavy broadfork in order to carefully lift the sheep sorrel roots from the soil.
Next the roots are hand dug from the loosened soil and mulch.
Sheep sorrel roots must be washed in cold, unchlorinated water to remove the mulch, soil and any extraneous roots.
Then comes the very time-consuming process of clipping the tops from the roots which requires much patience. By hand clipping we are able to offer an exact percentage of sheep sorrel roots in our products. We were the first company on the planet to offer this very important service so that our customers know exactly what they are getting.
The roots are then briefly rinsed and then set out on screens out of direct sunlight for the initial drying.
The sheep sorrel roots are now ready for the final drying. We do not use propane or catalytic driers. Only electric fans and low heat are used on the roots.
One of the problems with harvesting sheep sorrel roots is that it kills the whole plant. It has taken us three years to plant, grow and harvest just one crop of sheep sorrel roots.
We grow our sheep sorrel roots on mineral-rich soil that has never been farmed. Sheep sorrel likes well-drained soil that is composed of gravel, sand and silt. Our soil here in north Idaho is a result of thousands of years of glacial flooding that has washed in many different types of rocks.
In addition to all the minerals already present in our soil we add certified organic humic shale which contains 75 different plant-based, colloidal minerals. We also add certified organic kelp which is harvested from the pristine, mineral rich fjords of Iceland. This adds iodine and other sea-based minerals that may not be present in sufficient quantities in land-based farming.
We have mulched the soil with a thick layer local fir wood chips for organic material that encourages beneficial fungi, (e.g. mycorrhizal fungi) that make it possible for plant roots to absorb the minerals [See picture above].
Modern farming methods do not replenish minerals (or mycorrhizal fungi) in the soil which are so important to the health of plants and the people who eat them. Without minerals plants cannot make vitamins and other life-giving substances.
Modern farming practices and even in some cases even organic farming do not replenish the minerals in the soils. There is no requirement by the federal organic standards to provide all minerals in the soil necessary for optimum health. Therefore, we believe our sheep sorrel is superior to the government-dictated organic standards.
We have watered our sheep sorrel with natural, mineral-rich water from a deep well that does not contain any additives such as chlorine or fluoride or other toxic substances. Add to all the materials, time and labor the ever-increasing cost of good land to grow organic herbs. In short, you get what you pay for and it doesn't get any better than this.
For more information on why Essiac tea herbs that contain a significant amount of sheep sorrel roots, visit the Health Freedom Info website on this page.
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.
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