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ESSIAC TEA BLEND: A Natural Complimentary Cancer Remedy

Cancer.  Yes, I used that word. Most of us have been affected in some way or another by cancer.  I am all too familiar with cancer, unfortunately.  Losing both my parents, a grandparent, and family friends to cancer has caused me to stay on top of all the different cancer treatment options, both conventional and natural.

One herbal tea blend I have personally seen help tremendously with cancer is Essiac tea.  Essiac tea is a blend of four herbs including Burdock Root, Sheep Sorrel (whole herb with the root), Slippery Elm Inner Bark, and Turkey Rhubarb Root.  There are many Essiac teas on the market, but not all of them include the Sheep Sorrel root, which is hard to come by, but is probably the most important ingredient.  Sheep Sorrel root is rare as it takes three years for it to reach full potency.  The other herbs in this combination are complimentary herbs to help support your body.  I’ll give you a brief overview of each herb:

Burdock Root, Sheep Sorrel, Slippery Elm, and Turkey Rhubarb

Burdock Root – Burdock has been shown to help with digestion, support kidneys, and has anti-tumor properties.

Sheep Sorrel, whole herb with root – In the words of Rene Caisse herself, “The herb that will destroy a cancer is the dog-eared sheep sorrel, sometimes called sourgrass.  The entire plant must be used.”

Slippery Elm Inner Bark – Slippery Elm is a popular herb that is soothing to the body and the digestive system.

Turkey Rhubarb Root – This herb has a cleansing effect on the body.

These herbs combined create the famous Essiac tea blend, which actually is a decoction.  The difference is that a decoction is brewed for a longer period of time than a tea.  If you order Essiac tea please be sure to carefully follow all the instructions for brewing.  Also, Essiac tinctures and capsules are not recommended as they are not as effective. Essiac can be used with conventional treatments like chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, along with other alternative treatments as well.

As mentioned above, there are many places that sell products claiming to be Essiac tea, but always be sure that wherever you order from contains the correct herbs.  I order my Essiac from Essiac Northwest ( and have found their products to be of high quality.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor nor do I play one on the Internet.  This information is not to be used as medical advice.  Please use wisdom and caution when trying any herbal remedies and it is always best to consult a professional prior to use.


Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism: The Science And Practice of Herbal Medicine.  Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press


About Melissa Almas

Melissa Almas is an herbalist, homesteader, blogger, mother, and wife. She has a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Cornerstone University, has completed the Confident Master Herbalist program through Vintage remedies, and is planning to pursue further natural health education in the very near future.

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