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The inclusion of sheep sorrel roots in Essiac has been well-documented and can be verified by clicking on the "Sheep Sorrel Roots" button above.

However, it is not conclusive that goldthread was also a part of the original 8-herb native herbalist tea in the late 1800s.  According to researchers Sheila Snow and Mali Klein, it appears that Rene Caisse did obtain goldthread from a man who wildcrafted it. 

However, it is also known that Rene Caisse sometimes threw curious people off the trail by obtaining herbs that were not part of the Essiac formula because she was very secretive about it and did not want people to guess what herbs were in it.  Therefore, it is still open to speculation.

Goldthread is not known for anti-cancer properties.  However, Rene Caisse did use bloodroot which is known for anti-cancer properties.  So our best guess is bloodroot for the 8th herb of the original Native American formula.  We will most likely never know what the 8th herb was.

What we do know is that Rene Caisse was using a 4-herb tea after more than fifty years of research and experience with cancer patients.  This documented formula can be verified by clicking on the "Essiac Affidavit" above.

To learn more about the herbs that Rene Caisse did use we recommend reading ESSIAC:  The Secrets of Rene Caisse's Herbal Pharmacy

Click here to view the only verifiable and legal documentation of the true Essiac formula that Rene Caisse was using after more than fifty years of hands on research. 

Also, Rene Caisse stated that sheep sorrel roots are "very essential" for Essiac tea.  Click here for the sheep sorrel root documention.

"If it works, don't change it." -- Rene M. Caisse, R.N.

Here is the correct formula and herbs:

6 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 cups of burdock root (cut) is equalivalent to 24 oz.

We only use the standard, legally documented Essiac tea formula.


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* 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 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.

Essiac NorthWest, Humbleweed, and BE WELL Inspirations and many others 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 to provide these high-quality herbs to the public.   We are the people who plant, grow, harvest and supply these high-quality herbs to those in need.  The Circle has evolved over the past decade with various people contributing to it and then moving on in the ever-changing ebb and flow of life.


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