Essiac Tea Recipe and Ingredients
Two Herbal Formulae

Find out which is the authentic Essiac tea recipe, and learn how to grow and harvest your own plants at home!



Essiac Tea Recipe #1:
Dr. Gary Dunn and Mary Mcpherson Formula

This formula was released into the public domain after Dr. Gary Glum's breakthrough book Calling of An Angel in 1988.

The story of Dr. Gary Glum himself is pretty amazing. According to reliable sources, Rene Caisse's close friend and helper for more than forty years, Mary Mcpherson, was the only person entrusted by Rene to know the formula.

However, Mary had made a deathbed promise to Rene never to reveal the formula to anyone. Were it not for Dr. Gary Glum revealing the formula, she would have kept quiet about the Original formula.

Gary purchased the formula for $120,000 dollars from one of Rene's former patients (how he came to know, of course, is another mystery).

He later gave out the formula and recipe free of charge.  Mary swore an affidavit on 23 December 1994 in Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. The formula she gave out was identical to Gary's.

Here is the formula:

  • 1 pound of sheep sorrel herb powdered

  • 6 and half cups of burdock root (cut)

  • 4 ounces of slippery elm bark powdered

  • 1 ounce of Turkey rhubarb root powdered

Essiac Tea Recipe #2:
Sheila Snow and Mali Khan Formula

According to the Essiac Essentials, written by Sheila Snow and Mali Khan in 1999, the Essiac formula consists of four herbs. They are:

  • Entire dried and powdered sheep sorrel plant

  • Chopped and dried burdock root

  • Dried and powdered inner bark of the slippery elm tree

  • Dried and powdered root of the ornamental Turkey rhubarb plant

There are two points of note.

Firstly, the Essiac formula is a decoction, not a infusion.

When making infusion, you add hot water to leaves or flower to extract the active ingredients, like making a tea. On the other hand, decoction is stronger. Hard materials such as barks, roots and seeds are boiled for some time in a covered container. Essiac is usually referred to as a tea because hot water is added to the decoction to dilute before sipping like a tea.

Secondly, in the original Rene Caisse recipe, the Sheep Sorrel plant is used whole, not just the leaves. The authors recommend that you grow your own Sheep Sorrel because commercial growers harvest only the leaves and stems. The roots contain important health benefits, but harvesting roots is usually avoided because it kills the plant and can be costly.

The good news is making your own Essiac Tea is not difficult. This is because just 180 grams/6.5 ounces of the combined herbs will supply one person, taking Rene's recommendation of one fluid ounce each night, for one year!

According to the authors, this book contains the only authenticated herbal recipe for Essiac. It includes detailed instructions on where to buy Essiac, the most effective way to brew it, and how to easily grow and harvest it at home!

This book is highly reliable. Sheila Snow lives in Ontario, Canada. She interviewed Rene Caisse and knew her personally. She was also a close friend of Mary McPherson, Rene's close friend and helper for more than forty years, and Dr. Charles Brusch, her long term partner and co-developer.

For further information, read my Essiac Essentials review.

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