Essiac tea with Sheep Sorrel roots included!


Mali Klein’s Speaking Schedule Fall 2014

We hope you can join us at one of the following venues: 

Helena - October 3, 2014

St. John's Building Law Library, 25 S. Ewing
6:30 pm (FREE)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Bozeman – October 4, 2014

Emerson Cultural Center,
the Weaver Room
3:30  pm (FREE)

Polson - October 7, 2014

Montana Co-op, 401 Main St.
6:30 pm (FREE)

Missoula – October 11, 2014

Essiac Master Class:  Healing Cancer – can it be Done?

The Open Way Mindfulness Center, 702 Brooks St.
9:15 am – 6:00 pm ($100, $120 after Oct. 1)

KalispellOctober 25, 2014 

Mali will be speaking at 10:45 a.m. and we will be at the Montana Co-op table with - signed : ) - books and tea for sale afterwards!

Montana Health Expo, Red Lion Hotel
20 N Main St #150
10:45 am (FREE)

Spokane – October 30, 2014

Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S Perry St.
6:30 pm (FREE)

 Seattle – November 1, 2014

Essiac - An afternoon Seminar about Herbs and Cancer with Mali Klein

Works Progress, 115 N. 85th St., Ste. 202,
3-5:30 pm ($25)

Essiac – An afternoon seminar about Herbs and Cancer with Mali Klein Seattle Nov. 1

Meet us in Seattle!!


Seattle poster

‘I think that old Essiac did work… there will be a resurgence of

interest. I’m not pessimistic about the long view for Essiac.’

Dr. John Barker, October 1977


Click here  to register!

Essiac Master Class III – Healing Cancer – Can it be Done? Missoula October 11

Meet us in Missoula!!


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This is the only Essiac master class offered anywhere.  It happens only once per year, and 2014 marks our final gathering in Missoula, Montana. This is a one-of-a-kind experience.  It will not be recorded, in keeping with the idea behind such gatherings, so that the experience will be intimate, candid and completely unique. The theme will be about Essiac and its role in healing in the context of our personal lives as well as how that can best compliment the world we live in. Participants will directly experience some of the healing protocols Mali Klein has developed over the past twenty years. All are welcome, including those with serious illness, as well as those in the profession of providing health care.  It is for anyone who sees the importance of keeping the knowledge and use of this and other herbal medicines alive and would like to be part of a dialogue about how we as individuals, professionals and businesspersons can help to facilitate this.

Essiac and herbal medicine can have an amazing role to play in the emerging healing paradigms of the 21st century. Master class attendees will be introduced to a perspective not shared quite so freely in the written word as it will be in this session.  Each class has been a stand-alone experience and prior attendance is not required.

The 2014 Master Class will focus on the original 8-herb formula handed down from an old Native American medicine man in Northern Ontario in the 1890s. But more than that, it will be from the perspective of the Medicine man that brought this formula to us in the 1890s. Before the days of Essiac. (The formula was later reduced to a four herb formula by Rene Caisse and those four herbs - Burdock, Sheep sorrel, Slippery elm and Turkey rhubarb, make up most of what is sold as Essiac today.)

This original eight herb formula is what Rene began working with when she first started her work with the herbs in the 1920s, and the results were impressive. Mali Klein's work now focuses almost completely on this original eight-herb formula, which has been shelved since the 1920s, and which Rene Caisse only revealed in writing once.  Virtually all of the 8-herb Essiac formulas on the market today do not contain the herbs originally used.

Mali will be sharing her findings about this indigenous formula and what happened to it in her newest book Black Root Medicine, the Original Native American Essiac Formulato be released September 1, 2014. Mali will share some insights and evidence that will forever change your assumptions about what Essiac is and how the politics and confusion about the correct formula following Rene's death resulted in so much misinformation about Essiac in the years to follow.

Included in the tuition will be signed copies of the new book!

Mali will go deep into the subject of healing and living a quality life, with or without serious health challenges, and will be sharing a unique approach to health and healing using a combination drawing from Native American, Buddhist and other spiritual traditions.  Mali will also be available for private consultations from October 1 - 24.

Register now, class size is limited!

Cost $100 early bird, $120 after October 1. Call (406) 883-0110 for more information.  

New Essiac Book! Black Root Medicine – The Original Native American Essiac Formula, by Mali Klein

Ever wonder what it must have been like to have a breast cancer diagnosis 120 years ago?  Enter Black Root Medicine - The Original Native American Essiac Formula (softcover, 2014, 54 pages). This easy-to-read companion volume to The Complete Essiac Essentials book takes a uniquely inclusive look at the early history of the Native American formula that was the basis for Canadian nurse Rene Caisse's Essiac. The book is available as of September 1, 2014  on Amazon and here at, for $12, or $30 for both Black Root Medicine and The Complete Essiac Essentials.

Mali Klein and her late writing partner Sheila Snow have documented the history of Rene Caisse and Essiac extensively in a series of Essiac books: Essiac Essentials (1999), Essiac the Secrets of Rene Caisse's Herbal Pharmacy (2001), The Essiac Book (2006).  and The Complete Essiac Essentials (2010). Sheila co-authored the Canadian Homemaker's Magazine article that brought Essiac back from obscurity in June 1977: Could Essiac Halt Cancer? The final installment, Black Root Medicine - The Original Native American Essiac Formula, takes a step further back in time, to the days before the herbal remedy became known as Essiac. 

In the 1920s when Rene Caisse was working at a hospital in Haileybury Northern Ontario, she met the woman who had originally gotten the formula from a Medicine man some 30 years earlier.  The woman had recovered from breast cancer using the remedy.  "Mrs. Johnson" is the only scrap of this woman's name not lost to history  - "or it might have been Johnston."  "A mining camp in northern Ontario" is as specific as it gets for the town she lived in.  "A very old Native American medicine man" is as specific as the tribal affiliation gets - Ojibwa is just a guess.

Piecing together  the details with such little hard evidence and a long-cold trail is a challenge Mali has met in good form.  She has taken a step into the mists to reconstruct life in those days for us and in doing so has penned one of those books you can't put down.  It is a quick read and a worthy bedside companion for ending each day on the final section!

If you are familiar with the Snow/Klein work, well, you'll be checking your preconceived notions at the door to Chapter 1.  This amazing little book draws from the written history found in the Essiac archives while shining the light on the most recent research findings about the properties of the original herbs. Black Root Medicine adds another dimension, bringing  late 19th century culture, traditions and worldview in the wilds of Northern Ontario to life in a way that makes perfect sense and symmetry. Through the pages of this book, Mali continually sheds very compelling light on how this original 8-herb formula may hold important clues for the 21st century.

Time is comin’ when all us on Mother Earth will be part of the army to save her.’ - Little Bill Penn (Uncle Yum), Twilight on the Thunderbird.

BRm coverThe book resonates with a feeling set by the illustrations as well as the pure prose of the writing.  While the earlier Snow/Klein books have been outstandingly informative, this book takes things to a new level, with a view to sorting out another time and conjuring up images as they might have been seen through the old medicine man's eyes. The intimate connection with nature and the power of the animals and plants comes alive in a palpable way in the pages of this book.

What a read! Order now and get the first copies off the press!  Only $12.  Buy it with The Complete Essiac Essentials for $30!


Growing Slippery Elm

It's summer!!!  By definition, gardens should be planted by now, unless you are like me and have bitten off a lot this year so are behind!  We got 300 feet worth of hugelkultur beds planted with Sheep the meantime I planted a lot of tomatos that are still patiently awaiting life in the field.. but I digress.  This post is about our friend Slippery elm (Ulmus rubra). Read More →

Video of Mary McPherson making Essiac!

I just found this, thank you Victoria for telling me about it!  This bit of video of Mary McPherson making Essiac has surfaced, and is well worth the watch.  Only 8 mins. long, and some change.  Enjoy!

An April afternoon at the Place of Gathering

We've just made our first foray of the spring out to the Place of Gathering, up at Dayton MT, one of a few different places where we'll be growing the Essiac herbs! It hasn't greened up a lot yet, but my favorite six months of the year officially began today! The Place of Gathering has great energy and Dayton is always so sunny.

We will be direct-seeding Sheep sorrel within a few weeks, if spring decides to stick around. I started Burdock in seed trays and will transplant it out there. Ditto on Turkey rhubarb. I am planting a veritable grove's worth of Slippery elm seeds, and they will probably stay in their pots for at least a year. This year I am soaking the seeds for 24 hrs. before planting. Update:  They are planted, but what a soggy mess..I took "soak" literally. But when they dried off it was as if they'd never gotten wet.

Horizon Herbs has Slippery elm seedlings! Read More →

Growing and wildcrafting the Essiac herbs, Part 2

Part one of this series was posted in April 2013, and the very next day we got ten inches of snow. Fast forward to Feb. 2014.  This keeps happening.  I have been remiss on updating! Now that spring 2014's official start is just weeks away, Montana is again playing catch-up on snow.  When other parts of the US were getting blanketed from the Polar Vortex, we had blue skies and no snow…now we are getting 'Vortexed' too.

Last April ended up with a total of three of the year's largest snowfalls but the Sheep sorrel didn't mind one bit.  The Slippery elm went on to grow a LOT inside my greenhouse, which will be getting moved this spring so the two trees I planted in the ground inside can keep growing!    Growing and wildcrafting blog #1 featured the first bud on a sapling the deer had nibbled down on my porch the previous fall. Below is a time lapse:

Slippery elm, from early April to late April to June to October, from one bud to almost six feet tall!

Slippery elm, from early April to late April to June to October, from one bud to almost six feet tall!

In photo #2 you will note the very friendly Burdock 'companion' plant.  It wanted to take over and had to be 'un-friended'. Other Slippery elm youngsters were 'farmed' out to spend the winter in a nursery bed outside.  Once it stops snowing, I will be out to check on them and I hope they fared ok this winter.  They were mulched with straw.DSCN3864

The Sheep sorrel took very nicely to growing in a Hugelkultur bed, a six foot tall raised bed full of rotting wood that supplies nutrients and moisture for a long time, and which plants love!  This idea was the brainchild of Sepp Holzer. Go to for more info, and check out the arial view of the farm just below Sepp's picture on the Home page - it is one of two permaculture farms that we will be growing the Essiac herbs at - called The Place of Gathering. Good folks! Montana's Flathead Valley is full of innovative ideas like this.  It is a wonderful place to be.

2014 marks planting Sheep sorrel and the other herbs on a bigger scale than before.  We have sold a lot of Essiac Seed Kits.  I am not too active on Facebook but I see how it can work to put people and ideas together, and would be a good way for us to all share our growing experiences.  So, welcome to the Essiac Growers Guild, or EGG, which has just been 'hatched', haha. It's an open group, all welcome!

Before we know it it's going to be greening up again - I for one am looking forward to that!



Introducing the Ultimate Essiac!

Note - February 2014 update:  For 'the rest of the story' read on as we describe how we have tailored our Essiac herbal blend to be the highest quality, most potent Essiac available on the market. Or, to order click here.

From November 2013:

Its hard to believe November is packing its bags already! In about six weeks it'll be 2014, and another new year will have been rung in.

Last summer we began to offer a version of Essiac that hasn't been on the market for a long time - Read More →

Notes from Essiac Master Class 2, October 2013 – and a tour of Yellowstone Park

October 2013 has come and gone.  Like October '12, it was full of activity here at ReneCaisseTea and all about Essiac! Once again we sponsored Mali Klein, author of The Complete Essiac Essentials and the forthcoming book Black Root Medicine: The Original Native American Essiac Formula, for this year's Essiac Master Class 2 - Surviving Cancer.  Again, it was in Missoula Montana and, again, it was so much more than what any of us could have imagined.  Each year there are new friends made and continuing connections that just keep growing stronger!  We already have next year's class planned for Saturday, October 11, 2014: Essiac Master Class Part 3 - Black Root Medicine at the Open Way Mindfulness Center, Missoula, Montana.  So, mark your calendars to learn first-hand more about this herbal remedy that has been with us now for over 100 years…and hear what Mali will be saying as Black Root Medicine: The Original Native American Essiac Formula comes off the press. And gosh, it's about a lot more than Essiac.


A few highlights from Master Class 2013:

  • In France, the standard Western medicine cancer protocols allow for beginning with radiation and chemo followed by surgery, rather than performing surgery first.  This lets the other therapies kick in first, knocking the cancer back before surgically removing it. Many French medical doctors are trained in homeopathy as well as allopathy.
  • There is too much positive anecdotal evidence not to justify lab testing of the Essiac formulae, using top quality herbs and including the proper ingredients - something which has, to date, never been done.
  • Rene Caisse first worked with the original 8-herb Native American formula, but she subsequently discontinued using all eight herbs once the four-herb Essiac was refined for use on a large scale. The original indigenous formula had quite an amazing track record and has not been reproduced since 1926.
  • You should harvest Burdock root in its first year as it gets woody after that.  If you plant in the fall, you can go beyond a year until harvesting if you dig it before the spring growth has gotten underway, in the second spring.
  • Greater Periwinkle can be identified by the small 'hairs' along the edge of its leaves.
  • When harvesting Sheep sorrel stems and leaves, do so on a dry day and don't wash them.
  • Life is about making it count, with or without a cancer diagnosis! We are all here with a mission and we are here to do it well.
  • Connecting to the power of your intention with a higher consciousness using the power of prayer can have a profound effect on a prognosis. The power of thought can be more powerful than the spoken word.


October '12 began with a trip to Bracebridge, Ontario, Rene Caisse's hometown. This year we stayed closer to Montana, visiting Yellowstone Park just a day after it re-opened following the Federal government shutdown. It was practically deserted and what a great time to visit.

Yellowstone is the nation's oldest national park, and was established in 1872, "For the Benefit and the Enjoyment of the People." Nice concept and a good motto to take to heart perhaps for other matters of State. 🙂

Most of the Park is one huge volcano with Yellowstone Lake in the caldera's center.  The Yellowstone Caldera was created 640,000 years ago, with two even larger super-eruptions before that, the biggest one being 2.1 million years ago and producing 2,500 times as much ash as Mt. St. Helens did in 1980.  I remember when that event occurred - St. Helens, that is, ha ha.  It laid down several inches of ash in Helena, Montana, which was nearly 700 miles to the east!  That multiplied by 2,500 times is truly unimaginable.

There haven't been any huge eruptions since 174,000 years ago, but here's what Wikipedia has to say about the magma chamber just below the Yellowstone caldera's surface:  "According to the analysis of earthquake data in 2013, magma chamber is 80 kilometres long and 20 kilometres wide, and is …. thought to be the largest magma chamber in existence on Earth."  

Its quite a place. Glad I finally got back to Yellowstone, its been far too long. What amazing power below our feet, up there right on top of a sleeping giant!

Apparently the grizzly bears thought the spectators were all gone, because they were out and we were so lucky to see two of them!  The weather was beautiful... pictures below. Enjoy!

Welcome to the North Entrance of Yellowstone

Welcome to the North Entrance of Yellowstone

Yellowstone hot springs

Yellowstone hot springs - Midway and Lower Geyser Basin


Canyon Falls

Lower Falls - near Canyon Village - 308 feet




Bald Eagle near West Entrance

Bald Eagle near West Entrance


Old Faithful!

Old Faithful!


Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs


Boiling Mud Pots, Midway and Lower Geyser Basin

Boiling Mud Pots, Midway and Lower Geyser Basin

The 370-foot-wide and 121-foot-deep Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in Yellowstone.

The 370-foot-wide and 121-foot-deep Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in Yellowstone.



200-by-300-foot-wide Excelsior Geyser which pours over 4,000 gallons per minute into the Firehole River.

200-by-300-foot-wide Excelsior Geyser which pours over 4,000 gallons per minute into the Firehole River.



A Grizzly!

Go Griz!