Organic Essiac Tea (Claridges)
Essiac tea can originally be linked to the Ojibwa Indians’ “Tea of Life,” a herbal remedy of the native tribes of Canada and the northern United States. As the story goes, Rene Caisse was a Canadian nurse in the 1920’s when she obtained the information from an English woman who was cured of breast cancer by a herbal formula that an Ojibwa Indian had given her. That formula would eventually become Essiac (Essiac is Caisse spelled backwards).
There are four basic ingredients that are present in all Essiac Tea:
- Burdock Root: known as a blood purifier which helps to remove toxins through the urinary, lymphatic and respiratory system.
- Slippery Elm (the inner bark): great for healing and soothing the gut, Slippery Elm is often used for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), GERD, Crohn’s, colitis, sore throats and diarrhoea. Slippery elm contains mucilage, a polysaccharide which becomes like gel when mixed with water.
- Sheep Sorrel: also known as sorrel or “dock” and is a thought to have a powerful herbal agent against cancer. It is also an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and an immune system booster.
- Indian Rhubarb Root: sometimes Essiac providers will use the term “Turkish Rhubarb” or “Chinese Rhubarb.” Of course, since the original formula was obtained by the Ojibwa, this can be slightly misleading since whatever type of Rhubarb they used in the past had to have been found in the local area. Because of this, some speculate that the name “Indian Rhubarb” does not indicate the country of India, but is instead a nickname for the type of plant that grew in the wilds of North America and was part of the native diet (part of the Polygonum viviparum genus and species).