Essiac tea with Sheep Sorrel roots included!

How to make Essiac Tea

Boil Essiac, covered, for 10 mins.


Essiac tea is a decoction, or concentrate – it is boiled, steeped overnight and should be stored in the refrigerator. The shelf life of an opened jar will be approximately 2-3 weeks. Supplies Needed: Enameled, glass or stainless steel pot with lid, canning jars, lids & rings (optional: brown bottles), funnel and strainer or a glass measuring cup. Do not use any aluminum or Teflon utensils. You can maximize the shelf life of Essiac tea by thoroughly sterilizing all utensils, jars, rings, lids, etc. Use unchlorinated water to make the tea.

 Step 1. Put water into pot and bring to a boil. Add herbs to boiling water and cook, covered, at a medium boil for 10 minutes. Smaller quantities {2 quarts or less} will need to be boiled slowly and watched carefully, so as to not boil off too much liquid.

to make one gallon: add 2 oz. (57g) herbs (approx. ½ cup) to 5 – 5 1/2 quarts boiling water.

to make one quart: add 1/2 oz. (14g) herbs (approx. 2 Tablespoons) to 5 – 5 ½ cups of water.

Note: For most of her life, Rene Caisse used an Imperial Quart measure, which is 40 US fl. oz. (the US quart is 32 fl. oz.) - our proportions are based on this quantity.

 Step 2. Remove from heat, scrape down the sides of the pot and allow the tea to sit, covered, room temperature or cooler, for 10-12 hours (no more than 18 hrs.)

 Step 3. Prepare the jars or bottles for decanting the tea into. If only making one jar, you can wash the jar and utensils in hot soapy water, rinse well and fill with boiling water, cover with a clean cloth, and empty when ready to decant. If making several jars at once, the jars can be sterilized by boiling in a canning kettle or large pot for ten minutes. (Be sure to also sterilize spoon, funnel, strainer, measuring cup, etc. when making more than one jar).

Step 4. Re-heat the tea in the covered pot until steaming hot, but not boiling. Turn off heat and allow the tea to sit covered and undisturbed for several minutes so that the herbs will settle to the bottom of the pot. Place funnel and strainer on top of preheated canning jars and pour (decant) the liquid from the pot into the jars. (If you don’t have a funnel and strainer, simply pour carefully. It is completely normal to have sediment in the bottom of the jar even with straining.) Screw the lids on, allow to cool and then refrigerate.

The rest of the sediment remaining in the kettle can be used for poultices (add powdered slippery elm bark for a more paste-like consistency). The sediment can also be used in a cotton drawstring bag in the bath, or you can simply discard it. Store any unused dry herb mix in a glass jar or in its foil pouch in a cool, dark, dry place.


 One serving: Pour 1 - 2 fl. oz. (equivalent to 30 to 60ml, 2 to 4 Tablespoons, or 1/8 to1/4 cup) Essiac tea decoction into a cup and add 2 to 4 fl. oz. hot water, or more to fill the cup. Note: do not re-heat the decoction. Adding it to hot water will suffice. According to personal preference, the sediment in the jar can be shaken up and consumed as part of the tea, or for a clear tea, pour carefully and do not disturb the sediment. Suggested dosage – 1-2 oz. Essiac per day. You can split into two doses, or take all at once. Can also be taken cold. Essiac is not toxic in larger doses, but Rene Caisse only recommended ½ - 1 oz. per day and did not recommend more than a maximum of 4 oz. per day for more than a few days before cutting back again. Do not microwave the tea. Drink Essiac tea slowly on an empty stomach and allow enough time for it to digest before eating or drinking anything else (at least 1/2 hour). Take time off from Essiac periodically (one day/week, one weekend/month, or one week every three months, for example). Discard Essiac tea if it tastes sour or if white mold appears floating on the surface. Essiac herbs and tea are light and heat sensitive – refrigerate decoction, and store herbs in a cool, dark, dry place. For more information see The Complete Essiac Essentials book (2010, Sheila Snow/Mali Klein) and Black Root Medicine the Original Native American Essiac Formula. (2014, Mali Klein).

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