Tea name: Essiac Tea.
Also known as: There are no other common names for this herbal mixture which is used to steep as a tea.
Essiac tea is a blend of herbs first developed by a Canadian nurse, Rene Caisse.
Rene Caisse named the blend of herbs by spelling her last name backwards.
What is Essiac Tea? Essiac tea is a mixture of herbs. These herbs include burdock, slippery elm, red clover, watercress, blessed thistle, kelp, and indian rhubarb root.
Various producers of essiac tea may include all eight herbs, while other teas labels as essiac tea may contain only four or more of the herbs.
There is a great deal of debate as to which exact blend of herbs Rene Caisse used in her original tea recipe.
Benefits and Uses of Essiac Tea:
Essiac tea is often listed as being beneficial for ‘general health’.
More specifically, essiac tea is said to: ◦Help diabetics maintain proper blood sugar levels ◦Fight cancer and the effects of aging ◦Improve immune system response
◦Prevent or help cure liver dysfunction
Essiac tea is used by people concerned with their overall health.
Diabetics seeking natural remedies use the tea to help reduce the need for painful injections of insulin.
However, essiac tea does not replace the need for proper blood testing and maintenance of diabetes.
Essiac tea is generally purchased in its loose, bulk form.
It can then be steeped using a tea ball or by wrapping a cluster of the herbal blend in a piece of cheesecloth.
You can also purchase tea bags of this beneficial tea for greater convenience.
The tea is steeped in boiling water and sipped as a beverage which can be taken plain or sweetened with sugar, honey, or any other type of sweetener desired.
Milk, lime, or lemon may be added if desired.
Side Effects of Essiac Tea:
Slippery elm has the potential to interact with certain prescription medications, particularly those which thin the blood such as Warfarin.
Persons who use blood thinning medications or have problems with blood clotting should consult a physician before using essiac tea.