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Arrow Durfee
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I am new on this forum and if I recall the only forum requirement is to be nice. Thats not hard for me but what is hard is to withold information to people. What I am posting here is not an adverstisement. It is an article that I wrote after my attendence at an Essiac workshop last week. I have placed the article on several forms and got booted from one for "adverstising"... i sell no products.... but I feel it is essential for people to know the sources of good products, especially when it come to obtaining seeds.

What I am trying to do is to get good essiac herb information out to the people. We need many many more essiac herb growers and much more education on this topic. Essiac is relatively easy to grow and will grow in most areas under most conditions. Acid soil for some plants is best but we all know how easy that is to remedy.

So here goes... my article.

Essiac Product Review Though the Eyes of Mali Klein

By Arrow Durfee c 2012

I had the opportunity to attend a workshop lead by the Essiac expert, Mali Klein in Missoula, Montana this past October, 2012. Mali has stood in the direct line of receivership to Rene Caisse’s papers as given to her via Sheila Snow, who worked with Rene for three years as a biographical researcher to Rene Cassie’s life history as a healer with Essiac Tea for the treatment of cancer and other serious diseases.

Sheila Snow had access to many of the writings, notes and letters of Rene Caisse. These papers were shared with Mali due to their friendship and together they wrote several books on the work of Rene Caisse R.N. based on the information they received through these papers, as well as Sheila’s firsthand experience in personally knowing Rene. Sheila Snow passed away April 7, 2008, at the age of 79, leaving Mali to continue the work of revealing the Essiac mysteries.

After reading and evaluating all the papers and historical accounts of Rene and her work they came to some very important conclusions that Essiac users should understand. All of these insights are recorded in their book called “The Complete Essiac Essentials.” Through their research into thousands of notes and personal writings and taped conversations of Rene with patients and associates they were able to conclude the likely reasons why the Essiac formula had changed over the years from the original 8 herb product that had been revealed to Rene by Mrs. Johnson which had cured her breast cancer. Today a four herb product is what is sold on the market by most manufactures of Essiac. Mali and Sheila believed that the current products on the market, although helpful to some patients, do not provide the essential ingredients in the proper form. The changes in the formula over the years potentially short change patients who hope for cure of cancer with Essiac. The intent of the book is to reveal these changes and to promote what they believe is likely the correct formula.

Originally, the 8 herb formula was given to Mrs. Johnson by a Native American medicine man of unknown name and tribe. This formula had been developed for the specific condition of breast cancer. This was the formula given to Rene Caisse from which she eventually extracted the 4 basic herbs with which to treat most cancer cases. Over the years it became evident, through the collected writings, that Rene had difficulty obtaining all the herbs of the 8 herb formula as well as obtaining them in their correct form. Due to a lack of supply of proper ingredients substitutions were experimented with.

One of the main changes made in the 4 herb formula is the substitution of the root of sheep sorrel for the leaf as the leave is more abundant and can be cut from the same roots up to three times per season. Rene was often treating up to two hundred patients at a time and sheep sorrel was considered the most important ingredient. Sheep sorrel was also processed independently from the other herbs for muscular injection purposes. In her letter to the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research dated 1975, to Dr.Stock, she stated that the root of Sheep Sorrel should always be included in the formula and that it’s the most important ingredient, with the leaves and stems no good alone. All Essiac or Essiac like formulas on the market today contain only leaf and stem.

Based on this letter, Sheila and Mali came to the conclusion that the original 8 herb formula, and consequently, the 4 herb formula, should be made with only sheep sorrel root, not leaves. The root is more powerful and in Mali’s experimentations over the years the root based products have produced better results.

During this workshop Mali provided for us tea samples from 7 commercially available Essiac like products to taste and consider. These are products that are easily assessable through an internet search or may be available in your local health food store. None of these products contained sheep sorrel in root form. Only one product listed the percentages of the different herbs used. Rene Caisse specified the percentages required to get the job done but only one manufacturer was willing to label what their percentages were. Most of the products contained visible herb. You could identify though simple observation leave, stems and roots. They were coarse ground, generally the best grind for making a decoction. One product appeared as a fine powder and was a deep cinnamon like color which made up to be a very dark brown, almost black, as a black tea. The color of this product did not resemble any of the other product constituents and hence its quality was subject to much scrutiny and objection by the workshop attendees. This single product was the one which bore Rene Cassie’s photo on the box with the Essiac name patented. No other product is allowed to use the Essiac name due to name patent laws. Some of the products in our observation did not provide the correct sheep sorrel according to Rene’s recipe. Some of the products in our observation did not specify the correct rhubarb root according to Rene’s recipe i.e. Rheum palmatum – Turkey rhubarb.

Mali stressed several times throughout the workshop that if you want to be sure that the product that you are using is the best in quality with the right ingredients it is essential that you grow your own herbs, or obtain them from a known source that is dedicated to growing the correct variety of each species, under the correct conditions with the correct herbal processing techniques. At this time there is no company that mass produces such a product. There are a very few independent herb growers who offer their very limited supply to those who come to them for assistance. If herbs are sourced from outside of the United States they have been irradiated upon entry into the country. Irradiated herbs are considered inferior products and they may not hold their original herbal potency. Contact your supplier and start asking questions.

This site offers a quality Essiac product. renecaissetea.com/ but their supplies are quite limited. the planet needs many more organic essiac growers who understand the herbs and which speicies and parts to use and the proper proportions. Contact them for the purchase of seeds.

www.Horizonherbs.com is the only company that I have been able to find that sells small slippery elm trees. You plant these for future generations for it will be many years till harvest time. Fortunaetly slippery elm is not hard to purchase on line from reputable organic herb shops.

Essiac, even though it is not likely properly formulated, still often helps people with serious disease. But just consider how much better it could be if the current products offered were correctly made. Many more people would be restored to excellent health.
If you have a serious disease that you are trying to treat you must make sure that your medicine is of superior quality. Your healthy outcome depends on it and if you have been using Essiac but have not received the benefits that you had hoped for you need to reconsider the product you are using. “The Complete Essiac Essentials” book (ISBN 978-899077-10-6) is required reading for any Essiac user. It will provide dosage instructions, planting and harvesting instructions, processing considerations, storage information and all the myths and lies that have been created over the years either by ignorance, hearsay or by conniving marketing schemes.

If you are going to take the time and money to use Essiac learn to do it right. Hopefully over time market pressure will force companies to come to terms with the truth and to inspire them to create the highest quality products for those suffering from serious disease.

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Please feel free to take this article to other forums. Do not change its content. Below is a video made by Mali Klein that walks you through making Essiac Tea

Making Essiac Tea

Part 1



Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ui6HhfJEXjU
 
chrissy bauman
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what's the latin names of the herbs in the mix you are selling?
 
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Nice link, thanks!

One of the things that irks me regarding the history of this tea is how the nurse Caisse, assuming the story is true mind us, that she was given this recipe for free by a former patient. Well, the audacity of a (excuse me) bitch of a woman to keep the recipe (as if her own) a secret despite many people dying of cancer in the world....... The woman in a way taunts dying patients waving a recipe made from common ingredients and years later sells the concoction to a company cashing in on rights and books etc... Hardly inspiring by any light regarding moral principles and yet another example of thievery selling someone else's idea as their own, again assuming the story is true. To top it off, she names the tea in her own name (spelled backwards)! What a rotten thief!

Less controversially, turkey tail mushroom is scientifically verified and encouraged by mainstream medicine as a good supplemental treatment to cancer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trametes_versicolor

Skip to 9:00 into the video for an inspiring story regarding the mushroom.

 
Steve Flanagan
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interesting...
I should go look for turkey tails.
 
Arrow Durfee
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Amedean Messan wrote:Nice link, thanks!

One of the things that irks me regarding the history of this tea is how the nurse Caisse, assuming the story is true mind us, that she was given this recipe for free by a former patient. Well, the audacity of a (excuse me) bitch of a woman to keep the recipe (as if her own) a secret despite many people dying of cancer in the world....... The woman in a way taunts dying patients waving a recipe made from common ingredients and years later sells the concoction to a company cashing in on rights and books etc... Hardly inspiring by any light regarding moral principles and yet another example of thievery selling someone else's idea as their own, again assuming the story is true. To top it off, she names the tea in her own name (spelled backwards)! What a rotten thief!

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Actually, Rene Cassie never did sell the written formula nor did she write a book... ever. A formula was sold to a Dr Brusch by a woman from Detroit, a Pat....? which is the basis of the Floressece product still available today.. an incorrect and weak formula in my estimation. Essiac never had sea kelp nor blessed thistle in it.

And I do not sell essiac tea and I am as of yet to grow the herbs. I am trying to stimulate an interest in others to grow the herbs and to make their community aware of its benefits. I am hoping to start planting in the spring.

It takes 3 pots of sheep sorrel to supply a patient with enough root for one year... very do-able for most folks.

I just came upon this site which has quite a bit of informaiton on the tea.
But if you want to grow it I think the book I mention in the first post would be most helpful. http://www.healthfreedom.info/essiac_info.htm

and yes, I agree. I do not understand Rene Cassies witholding of the formula.. but I do know that those were different times... times when Rife was run out of the nation and died a broken man for his cancer cure as well as Hoxey, and Gerson was discredited for his work and we know that all these can cure cancer a percentage of the time. She was perpetually hounded by physicians and snake oil salesmen. I cant explain her psychology but I bet it wasn't easy for her.
 
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Steve Flanagan wrote:interesting...
I should go look for turkey tails.


turkey tails? are you making a feathered hat?
 
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chrissy bauman wrote:what's the latin names of the herbs in the mix you are selling?


As I said I do not sell the formula or mix.
It can be wild crafted and many people will find these herbs on their land
and they can also be grown in a garden.

Sheep sorrel rumex acetosella
burdock root artum lappa
slippery elm ulmus rubra (formerly fulva
turkey rhubarb rheum palmatum

goldthread is one herb that all companies have ignored and it was part of the 8 herb original
formula and Rene went without it most of the time. It is a very hard herb to grow but if you can do it I would add it to the formula
Rene says that only a pinch is needed.

slipperly elm takes of course, many years before you can harvest but it is easy to
purchase the slippery elm bark. The only place I have found to purchase the tree
is www.horizonherbs.com but there are probably other places as well.

 
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Arrow Durfee wrote:
Steve Flanagan wrote:interesting...
I should go look for turkey tails.


turkey tails? are you making a feathered hat?


Lol. Turkey Tail Mushroom! I'll dry them and make a tea out of them. They grow around where I live.
 
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I recently bought some herb seeds from horizon herbs. I'll be planting them this spring. I do plan on grow a wide variety of herbal pharmaceuticals. My garden is only a year old. Thankfully, living in the foothills I have some good native edible and medicinal plants.

Interestingly, not only are the core four ingredients in Essiac medicinal, but edible as well.
 
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Arrow Durfee wrote:
chrissy bauman wrote:what's the latin names of the herbs in the mix you are selling?


As I said I do not sell the formula or mix.
It can be wild crafted and many people will find these herbs on their land
and they can also be grown in a garden.

Sheep sorrel rumex acetosella
burdock root artum lappa
slippery elm ulmus rubra (formerly fulva
turkey rhubarb rheum palmatum

goldthread is one herb that all companies have ignored and it was part of the 8 herb original
formula and Rene went without it most of the time. It is a very hard herb to grow but if you can do it I would add it to the formula
Rene says that only a pinch is needed.

slipperly elm takes of course, many years before you can harvest but it is easy to
purchase the slippery elm bark. The only place I have found to purchase the tree
is www.horizonherbs.com but there are probably other places as well.




I mean no offence... But listing only the four that most already know, doesn't do most of us any good... What are the four most don't know about "Goldthread" and what


Thanks
 
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David Hartley wrote:[

I mean no offence... But listing only the four that most already know, doesn't do most of us any good... What are the four most don't know about "Goldthread" and what


Thanks


goldthread root, stems, leaves coptis trifolia
watercress - roots and leaves rorippa nasturtium
periwinkle vinca minor
red clover trifolium pratense

red clover was one of the first to be taken out of the forumula. this was a formula for breast cancer.. I suspect it was taken out because of red clovers estrogenic effects but Im not sure.
I dont know why periwinkle was taken out as it is fairly common to come by.
 
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Periwinkle has some toxic chemicals.
Where I live this plant grows like a weed, an can be invasive. I can't find enough uses to justify planting it here, although the flowers are pretty.
 
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Periwinkle is one of the original 8 herbs that has been deleted from the formula over years of experimentation so I would not recommend its use. But the information of its previous use should not be repressed.
Always enter into such learning endeavors after reading all the available information and never stop asking why.
 
David Hartley
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Thank you
 
Elizabeth Parker
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Very interesting article. I believe the difference in color and texture of the official essiac brand is due to the herbs being powdered, which results in a much darker and thicker tea. Heres an article on growing sheep sorrel
 
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