We used to own The Essiac Report decades ago, but lost it when we loaned it out to friends diagnosed with cancer. Six months into my own cancer treatment, I finally found the original documentation, including the recipe for the original formula and the proper directions for brewing the tea. I found the specified herbs, organic and wildcrafted, and made a small batch for myself according to the original formula. Comparing my dry and finished tea to what I had been taking, I discovered to my surprise that the tea I had been purchasing from various suppliers for the past six months was not the original formula. I now make my own dry tea from the original formula, and prepare my finished tea according to the original documentation.
We use organic herbs, wildcrafted when available, from a verified bulk supplier. We use only the herbs found in Rene Caisse’s original formula, prepared to her specifications.
The directions below are for the exact same tea that I took and am continuing to take for maintenance. (My healing journey: cancer is not a death sentence.)
Please note: The below is an exact accounting of what I did, the recipe I followed, and what I am continuing to do. I am not a doctor, and am not dispensing medical advice. This is a report of my own journey.
Bulk dry tea
3-1/4 c cut burdock root
2 c sheep sorrel root, powdered
3/4 c slippery elm bark, powedered
2 T turkish rhubarb root, powdered
Combine and store in a glass half gallon jar in the cupboard or pantry (where it is normally dark).
I used 1/2 cup dry tea with 128 oz (one gallon) filtered water, OR
I used 1/4 cup dry tea with 64 oz (two quarts) filtered water, OR
I used 2 tablespoons dry tea with 32 oz (one quart) filtered water.
I made the tea by combining the dry tea and water in deep stainless steel or enamel stockpot. I learned it must be deep! Cover, and bring to a hard boil; continue boiling, covered, for 10 minutes. (This method is decoction, which is why the deep stockpot is needful. I did not make it by infusion as with a cup of tea). After 10 minutes were up, I turned off the heat but kept the covered stockpot on the warm stove, overnight (12 hours). In the morning, I reheated the tea to steaming hot, but did not boil a second time. I strained the tea through a fine strainer into sterile glass jars and covered with sterile lids. They always made a vacuum seal. Be that as it may, I refrigerated the tea when cool. The tea will be slightly viscous after refrigeration, which is an important indicator of the original formula and proper preparation. I kept the tea refrigerated, and always used as much as I had made within 14 days.
I used the tea by drinking 4 oz on an empty stomach one hour before eating. Today I take one dose daily for maintenance. When I occasionally feel the need for a stronger detox, I take two doses daily. When I was actively engaged in healing my body from cancer, I took three doses daily, since Rene Cassie gave her patients three doses daily. I followed these instructions exactly for the results I experienced. One gallon of finished tea made 42 doses for 14 days of three doses daily.
The “thistle” in the above photo is actually a burdock! They are in the same family as thistles. Did you know that artichokes are as well? They have all been traditionally known as liver healers!