The name Essiac comes from the backwards spelled name of a Canadian nurse Rene Caisse, responsible for spreading the word about Essiac herbal tea. Through meeting a patient that had been treated by an Indian medicine man, Rene learned the secret of a special herbal blend, used traditionally by the Ojibway Indians in North America to strengthen the immune system, detoxify the body and relieve pain. They also believed that it contained properties which were useful in fighting cancers.

Rene ran a clinic to treat people who were suffering with different conditions, including terminal cancer. There are many stories about people being relieved of suffering and even curing people who had been left for dead by their doctors. She fought the Medical establishment for years, escaping persecution for going against the allopathic system. She avoided being arrested only because she never charged anyone for her treatments – quite a heroine in her time. Even from reading about the ingredients you can imagine some of the benefits that you can expect from Essiac Herbal Tea.

The four main herbs that make up Essiac are;

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)

Burdock root is a member of the thistle family, a common pasture weed that grows all over North America. The Chinese use it as an aphrodisiac, tonic, and rejuvenator.

A lot of Burdock Root’s curative power comes from its Unulin, which strengthens organs, like the liver, pancreas, and spleen.

Burdock root is known to reduce mucus, maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract, stimulate a healthy immune response and elimination of toxic wastes through the skin and urine. It improves digestion and helps to relieve liver malfunctions and removal of infections from the urinary tract.

It acts as a diuretic for water retention and contains vitamin A,B complex, C, E, and P, cobalt, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, and zinc. Also present is smaller amounts of calcium, copper, manganese, sulfur and selenium to help reduce free radicals and its chromium content helps maintain normal blood sugar levels.

As a powerful blood purifier, it clears congestion in respiratory, lymphatic, urinary and circulatory systems. It promotes the flow of bile, and eliminates excess fluid in the body. Naturally anti parasitical and aiding in the relief of arthritis, rheumatism, and sciatica.

Slippery Elm Inner Bark (Ulmus Fulva)

The inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree has a long history of use as a supplement that you can actually live on, well as being a herbal remedy. The powdered bark has long been used and is still being used today, as a food additive and food extender, rich in vitamin and mineral content.

As a tonic it is known for its ability to sooth and strengthen the organs, tissues, and mucous membranes, especially the lungs and stomach. It promotes fast healing of cuts, burns, ulcers and wounds and revitalizes the entire body.

The inner bark is rich in calcium, sodium, magnesium and vitamins(A,B,C,K,P), chromium and selenium, iron, phosphorous, silicon and zinc, helping to nourish and soothe organs, tissues and mucus membranes.

Only the inner bark of the Slippery Elm is used to make Essiac.

Slippery Elm Bark is known among herbalists for its ability to cleanse, heal, and strengthen the body.

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex Acetosella)

Sheep Sorrel belongs to the buckwheat family, growing wild throughout most of the world but considered to be a common weed throughout the North America.

Sheep Sorrel has been observed by researchers to break down tumors and to alleviate several chronic and degenerative diseases.

It contains high amounts of vitamins A and B complex, C, D, E, K, P and vitamin U. It is also rich in minerals, including calcium, chlorine, iron, magnesium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, and has trace amounts of copper, iodine, manganese and zinc. The combination of these vitamins and minerals nourishes all of the glands of the body, cooling and inducing sweating and detoxification through the skin. It also acts as a diuretic for maintaining healthy kidney and urinary function.

Sheep Sorrel contains carotenoids and chlorophyll, citric, malic, oxalic, tannic and tartaric acids. The chlorophyll carries oxygen throughout the bloodstream. Cancer cells can’t live in the presence of oxygen.

Sheep Sorrel is the primary healing herb in Essiac herbal tea.

Indian Rhubarb Root (Rheum Officinale)

Indian Rhubarb is a gentle laxative which stimulates the secretion of bile into the intestines and purges the liver of toxic buildup and waste which relieves chronic liver problems.

This herb also helps neutralize acids due to indigestion. The malic acid carries oxygen to all parts of the body, aiding in healing and promoting a positive balancing effect upon the whole digestive system.

Rhubarb root contains vitamin A, plus many of the B complex, C, and P vitamins. Its high mineral content includes calcium, chlorine, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulfur and zinc.

Essiac formula is:

* Good for your heart, keeping your artery walls, heart, kidney and liver clean.

* A great way to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

* Anti-Parasitical, eliminating parasites from the body.

* Used repair damage made from heavy metal contamination in the body and to remove toxins.

* A blood purifier.

* A Strengthener of muscles, bones, organs and tissue.

* Known to increases the oxygen level in our bodies.

* A Stimulator and nourisher of the nervous system, the immune system and the brain.

* Beneficial to the respiratory system by helping to break down mucous.

* Helpful to the liver for the manufacturing of lecithin and elimination of toxins.

* Known to help us heal faster and can destroy benign growths and tumors.

* A natural antioxidant that protects our cells from free radical damage.

The list goes on, getting more and more scientific. I have tried to give you an idea of the major benefits but I am sure that there are many more subtle effects like feeling happier and relieving inflammation in the joints. Everyone has slightly different needs and therefore will experience different results.

Essiac is also great for general maintenance, its a nice herbal blend that you can enjoy and benefit from its natural healing properties at the same time. Like all things medicinal, always check that the ingredients don’t interfere with anything you may already be taking and follow the instructions for use.

The tea should be prepared in the correct ratio, made and consumed fresh, kept out of sunlight and refrigerated temporarily. Use only ceramic or enameled pots and lids. Don’t use stainless steel or especially aluminum and please, no chlorinated water.

If you don’t have a herbalist and haven’t seen it in your local stores, on our blog you will find links to online store where you can buy Organic Essiac Herbal Tea, come and visit us for the full article.

Source by Rebecca Spear

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