essiac-tea3Essiac and Flor Essence are herbal tea mixtures sold worldwide as herbal dietary supplements or health tonics, and which are often used as complementary treatments for AIDS, Cancer, Diabetes, and Gastrointestinal Diseases.

Essiac consists of 4 herbs: Burdock Root; Indian Rhubarb Root; Sheep Sorrel; and Slippery Elm (the inner bark).

Flor Essence reportedly contains the same 4 herbs found in Essiac plus 4 additional herbs: Watercress; Blessed thistle; Red clover; Kelp.

As with most natural remedies, batches of these mixtures may differ and contain the above herbs in different quantities or may contain additional ingredients, so the effect may not always be the exact same in different batches.

Essiac has its roots in the Ontario Ojibwa Native American tribe where the formula has been used for centuries for a slew of health conditions, and came to the west via a woman fighting cancer in the 1920s who passed th formula on to a nurse when she was on her deathbed many years later, claiming that it had cured her cancer.

Essiac/Flor Essence as a Complementary Therapy

Champions of Essiac and Flor Essence say that when the herbs are mixed in precise amounts, the mixtures have anti-inflammatory effects (decrease swelling, redness, and pain), strengthen the immune system, and evidence anticancer activity.

Essiac tea is one of the most common herbal treatments that patients employ in their self-treatment of cancer.

In 2004, the Mayo clinic estimated that about 10% of cancer patients enrolled in phase I drug trials were using Essiac.

Ingredients in Essiac Tea Recipe

1 ½ pounds cut burdock root (Arctium lappa is a natural blood detoxifier)
1 pound powdered sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella is a powerful antioxidant)
¼ pound powdered slippery elm (Ulmus fulva is a powerful antioxidant)
1 ounce powdered Turkish (Indian) rhubarb root (Rheum pamatum is a phytochemical that is naturally astringent, anti-microbial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory)

Directions to Make Essiac Tea

Mix all four herbs thoroughly, store in a tightly sealed glass container away from light
For a quart of tea, you need 1 ounce of herbal blend
For a gallon of tea, you need 4 ounces of herbal blend
Bring desired amount of water to a rolling boil in a steel or cast iron pot for 15 minutes
Cover with a lid, steep at least 12 hours
The following day, reheat the water but do not boil
Allow to settle, then strain out herbs (there will be sediment in the bottom)
Pour into tightly sealed glass or ceramic containers and cool
Refrigerate and use as recommended (sweetened with honey or natural sugar to taste)


How is Essiac/Flor Essence Administered?

20130223025731_essiac_liquidEssiac and Flor Essence are usually taken by mouth as herbal teas.One can buy the mixtures of herbs with which to make the tea or one could also just get hold of the herbs yourself and make the tea from scratch like the original ojibwa native americans used to do.

According the tea manufacturers, the correct dose of Essiac depends on the reason for which it is being taken, and they recommend that Essiac be taken for 12 weeks in a row.

Essiac also comes as an organic, non-toxic, drug free herbal remedy which contains no additives or preservatives in the form of a Herbal Supplement Powder or a Herbal Extract Formula, both of which are  taken to help support the Immune System.


Read more about the History of Essiac/Flor Essence Therapies, Possible Side-effects and Risks etc., on our static Complementary & Alternative Therapies page, Essiac/Flor Essence



Please note that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust shares information regarding various types of cancer treatments on this blog merely for informational use. LFCT does not endorse or promote any specific cancer treatments – we believe that the public should be informed but that the option is theirs to take as to what treatments are to be used.

Always consult your medical practitioner prior to taking any other medication, natural or otherwise.


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