See the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about essiac tea.
Video About the General Benefits of Essiac
Regarding Essiac Tea in General
What can essiac do for me?
It appears that essiac tea's primary actions are to remove heavy metals, detoxify the body, restore energy levels, and rebuild the immune system, all act to restore the body to a level to where it is able to better defeat the illness using it's own resources. In other words, essiac rebuilds the immune system and improves the illness-defeating ability of the body so that the body can rid itself of the illness. For a list of possible benefits from essiac tea, please visit: Benefits of Essiac Tea
Will essiac cure cancer or other disease?
Essiac is not a drug is not FDA approved as treatment. Essiac is not a cure for any disease. However, due to the beneficial properties of essiac tea listed above, many people who take essiac report an improvement in their immune system and increased well-being and health. Once such an improvement in health and well-being occurs, the body becomes more capable of ridding itself of disease.
Can I take essiac along with radiation or chemotherapy?
Yes, in fact essiac tends to improve the quality of life for a person on chemo and/or radiation. However, because chemo and/or radiation can destroy the chemicals and compounds that allow essiac tea to do it's job, we recommend that you take 6 oz. of tea three times per day, rather than the regular aggressive dose of 3 oz. of tea three times per day. From our experience and experimentation, we've found that people on chemotherapy and radiation tend to have good results taking 6 oz. three times per day. However, some have remained on the classic 3 oz. three times per day and also had good results. Personally, when we have loved ones taking chemo and/or radiation, we recommend 6 oz. three times per day to be on the safe side.
Can I take essiac with other alternative or traditional treatments?
Yes, and in many cases the treatments will complement each other, compounding the positive health effects. Essiac has also been known to help reduce negative side effects of traditional treatments such as nausea and vomiting. To our knowledge there is no treatment that makes essiac tea off-limits. You are advised to consult with your practitioner. If you are concerned, ease into your essiac tea usage gradually, taking 1/2 or 1/3 of the full dose at first.
How long do I have to wait to notice a benefit from taking essiac?
This is highly individualized. Some people notice an increased sense of health, well-being, and energy just days after starting essiac tea. Others find that it takes weeks or even months to notice a tangible benefit. Most people start noticing an improvement in their general health and well-being after couple of weeks taking essiac tea regularly. Essiac is most effective when taken consistently every day. We recommend taking essiac according to our essiac tea dosage recommendations for at least 6 months if you would like to improve your health before you decide that essiac is not helping you.
How long do I continue taking essiac tea?
That is ultimately your personal decision. However, we recommend that you take the aggressive treatment dose, which is 3 oz. three times per day, until your test results return to normal and your health is completely restored. After you've reached optimal health, we recommend that you continue to take the maintenance dose of 3 oz. once per day. If your health problems should ever return, we recommend immediately increasing your dosage to the aggressive treatment dose until your test results and your health return to normal.
If I am healthy, can essiac tea hurt me? Can I take the aggressive treatment dose even if I am generally healthy?
Taking essiac tea will not hurt you.* On the contrary, it can act as a preventive aid against developing health problems in the future. We know many people who choose to take the aggressive treatment dose of 3 oz. three times per day for general health and daily detoxification. While it may not be necessary to take the aggressive dose as a healthy person, essiac can't hurt you, it can only help you. Personally, the staff at bulk-essiac-tea.com are all healthy (thank goodness!) and we take the aggressive treatment dose anyway to have the best chance at maintaining our good health.
Can you take essiac while pregnant?
Can you take essiac while breastfeeding?
What is essiac tea typically used for?
The most common reason people begin taking essiac tea is to improve health or prevent health problems. Essiac helps the entire body detoxify which means people take it when they have a wide variety of health problems, including these health problems.
Is there any way essiac tea can hurt me?
To the best of our knowledge, essiac tea cannot hurt you.* Always consult with your practitioner. The only problem we are aware of is that you might experience mild stomach/intestinal irritation and/or loose stools if you start immediately on the aggressive treatment dose of 3 oz. three times per day. This is a sign of detoxification and will not harm your body as long as you're able to tolerate any discomfort. If you are bothered by these symptoms, start with 1/2 to 1/3 of the recommended dose and ease your way into taking the full dose.
I was told to stay away from red clover. What can I do?
You don't have to worry about the red clover. It's a very small percentage of the formula, and the essiac with red clover taken out will not be as effective. The combination of the eight herbs removes any problematic effects red clover alone might cause.
Is this available in capsules? Essiac capsules do exist, but we are not convinced they are strong enough. We don't sell or recommmend them.
Do you sell tea in bottles? No. Brewing this tea takes just 10 minutes once every 2 weeks. Buying the tea in bottles makes this tea 100 times more expensive to use and includes the use of preservatives which we don't condone. It's just not worth it to buy the tea already brewed.
I heard that...
There are so many essiac myths out there. Go here for more on essiac tea myths and misconceptions: Essiac myths
Which herbs are in eight herb essiac?
Eight herb essiac includes: blessed thistle, burdock root, kelp, red clover, sheep sorrel, slippery elm bark, turkey rhubarb root, and watercress. We use the specific form of each herb as suggested by Rene Caisse. The herbs, while having benefits of their own, may have a synergistic effect when all taken together in a specific ratio, meaning that they are more powerful when taken together than when taken alone. To learn more about the properties of the herbs in eight herb essiac, please visit this page: Essiac Tea Ingredients
Why would I choose eight herb essiac instead of four herb essiac?
To our four herb essiac is not as powerful as eight herb essiac. Four herb essiac was originally used with one of the herbs being injected with the other three being taken as a tea. The current-day eight herb essiac was designed to be most effective in fighting toxins in the body when taken orally as a tea. We have thousands of satisfied customers who are healthy and continue to take eight herb essiac at maintenance dose after their test results have returned to normal. They will attest to the efficacy of eight herb essiac and to the fact that they believe it is superior to four herb blends. To read more about the merits of eight herb essiac and the history behind it, please visit: Eight Herb Essiac
How does eight herb essiac taste?
Eight herb essiac has a slightly bitter taste. Some describe it as 'grassy' and it is somewhat like green tea in taste. The watercress is the main reason for the bitterness--four herb essiac doesn't contain watercress, which means that four herb essiac isn't as bitter. However, the evidence from clinical trials shows that eight herb essiac IS more effective so even though it is a little bit more bitter than four herb essiac, it's worth it to take the eight herb essiac. The bitter taste is a small price to pay for a more effective herbal remedy. Most people grow accustomed to the taste after a couple of weeks of taking essiac tea. Most people only take 3 oz. at a time, so for most it is not a problem to drink that small amount even if you don't enjoy the taste. Essiac tea isn't meant to be sipped and savored for pleasure--it's an herbal medicine. It is easiest to take if you drink it quickly and avoid breathing through your nose so that you don't taste the essiac. You may add fruit juice or vegetable juice if it makes drinking essiac tea more pleasant for you. You may also add stevia to your essiac. Click here for more info. on stevia or to order. Essiac tea is designed to be taken cold, but you may drink it warm if that makes it easier for you to take it.
Can't I just use another brand that has a more mild taste?
A more mild taste means more mild results. In other words the tea isn't strong enough to do the job if the taste is different. We wouldn't recommend any tea that doesn't taste as strong as ours.
Why is there 'sludge' at the bottom of my container? Can I throw it out?
The herbs are important to consume as part of each dose. Therefore, please do not strain and throw out the particles at the bottom (some describe it as 'mud'). It's important to get some of these particles into each and every dose. The most effective way to do this for most people is to use a large wooden spoon to stir the pitcher before pouring each dose. You can leave the lid off your container to make this more convenient. Stirring tends to work better than shaking especially when the pitcher is full.
Regarding Our Powdered Herbs
Why do you use powdered herbs?
Powdered herbs make for a more potent brew. This is because there is more surface area on powdered herbs for the extracts to seep into the tea. Anything in powdered form mixes easier and more thoroughly (Kool-Aid comes as a powder, not a stick, for a reason!) Furthermore, powdered herbs are fine enough that they can remain in the tea and be consumed along with the tea. Because herbal medicine is not an exact science, we prefer that you consume the herb particles in addition to the tea, as they might contain beneficial compounds. This is a similar argument to those who tell you to eat the whole fruit versus drinking the juice or taking a vitamin. By consuming the herbs along with the tea, you won't miss out on any of the important chemical compounds that are part of whole foods.
Are your herbs organic?
Yes, all of our herbs are certified organic.
Are your herbs irradiated? Do they contain chemicals or pesticides?
All of our herbs are non-irradiated, and chemical and pesticide-free.
Are your herbs fresh?
Yes! Our herbs are incredibly fresh because we sell thousands of pounds of essiac herbs a month. We turn over the majority of our herb inventory every 1-2 weeks. Many customers have commented on how fresh the herbs look and smell. If you purchase essiac from an outlet that sells more than one herbal formula, you're more likely to receive stale herbs. We deal with only essiac at bulk-essiac-tea.com.
Where do your herbs come from?
All of our herbs are currently domestic herbs grown in the U.S. We believe that the source of our herbs provides the most reliable and consistent product at the best prices. All of our herbs come from California at the present time. For more information, click here: where our herbs come from, and the quality of our herbs.
I've read that you shouldn't purchase the essiac herbs already mixed, but that it is better to purchase the herbs individually and blend them yourself. Why?
The main reason this is suggested is because there is nothing stopping a company from giving you a cheaper formula that isn't really essiac in order to cut costs. They might include more of one herb that happens to be less expensive and less of an herb that is more expensive. One problem with that advice is, however, that the eight herb formula isn't public knowledge. Another problem is that herbs will cost you much more when you purchase them in small quantities individually rather than in huge bulk orders like we do. It is a matter of trust and the honor system when you order pre-blended herbs, but we wish to assure you that we are a highly ethical company and would never compromise your health or our business by trying to cut costs. Let's face it--if we were money-hungry people that wished to take advantage of you, we would certainly charge more than $32.97/lb. of this precious blend of herbs! That isn't a very fast way to make money, especially since if the essiac didn't work well, no one would re-order again. Plus, we cover all our herbs by our Money-Back Guarantee--it would be pretty silly of us to give you an inferior product.
Which shipping services do you use?
We use USPS, or the United States Postal Service (the mail). We offer ground shipping (1-6 days), 2-3 Day Priority Mail, and Express shipping (overnight to most locations).
How much does shipping cost?
This varies widely between orders because shipping costs are calculated by the weight of your order and by the distance you are from our location in Massachusetts. Most people choose the Priority Shipping and it's $5.95 for less than 2 lb. at a time within the continental US or $13.95 per lb. for 2 lb. up to 7 lb. Keep in mind, you are getting months or even years worth of herbs, so over that time period the shipping isn't a big expense. For other shipping cost quotes you can begin to select an order at the shopping cart (click here to select an order which will bring you to the shopping cart), and you will see a box where you can enter your zip code for a shipping quote. If you don't wish to place your order, you'll be able to leave the screen without ordering. If you have trouble, questions or concerns call Bryan at 1-866-ESSIAC1 (1-866-377-4221) to inquire. Alternatively, you can email gina @ bulk-essiac-tea.com and ask for a paypal invoice. For more on shipping costs, go here: Essiac tea shipping costs.
Why does shipping cost that much?
We don't make a profit on shipping--in many cases, we lose money. USPS offers the best rates right now for the sizes of orders we sent most often. We generally send packages that weigh one pound or more, which is simply more expensive than shipping a lighter package. In instances where Priority Mail on a package costs close to what ground shipping costs, we will ship your order via 2-3 day Priority Mail at no extra charge to you. Our prices on essiac are so low that you won't save money if you buy it at a store, even though there is no shipping fee. Retail outlets typically charge at least four times as much as we do--and in some cases even more than that. Even with the shipping added on, essiac from bulk-essiac-tea.com costs less per ounce of tea than anywhere else. We back up this statement with our Price-Match Guarantee.
Do you ship internationally? What does it cost?
Yes, we ship to many countries internationally. To find out how much it costs, visit United States Postal Service and click on "calculate postage." Calculate the weight of the size order you would like, plus a few ounces to account for the weight of the packing materials, and a couple of dollars to account for international handling fees. Alternately, you can begin select an order at the shopping cart (click here to select an order which will bring you to the shopping cart). Go to the drop-down menu first and select your country before entering your address in the other fields. The shipping options should show. If you have any trouble, feel free to email or call and we'll help you, as we do ship to all countries at this time.
Will the essiac be allowed into my country? What if my package is seized by customs?
Before ordering, please confirm with you country's regulating bodies that they will allow herbal tea into your country. You may want to tell them that the essiac herbal tea contains the eight herbs: blessed thistle, burdock root, kelp, red clover sheep sorrel, slippery elm bark, turkish rhubarb root, and watercress. However, we do not write these ingredients out on the customs slip. We simply write "herbal tea." We are not responsible for any orders that don't arrive to you because they are seized by Customs or other government organizations. Although we will never ship to a country that we know will refuse the essiac, we are not able to learn and keep up-to-date on the hundreds of countries that order from us. If your package is seized, you will not receive a refund, so purchase international orders at your own discretion. Customers are solely responsible for any fees or duties to receive our products into the destination country. The same terms and conditions that apply to our domestic orders apply to international returns.
Do you ship to Australia?
Yes. We include a customs letter that has been allowing the tea to successfully be imported into the country.
How soon can I expect my shipment?
We ship on Tuesdays and Fridays. All orders received by midnight Monday evening or by noontime on Fridays make the shipping cutoff. Orders coming in after those times go out on the next ship date. We ship almost all US orders via Priority Mail and after we've shipped it takes 2-3 business days on average. For international orders, speed varies widely but can be estimated on www.usps.com using the ship from zip code '01830.' It can take weeks in some cases for orders to clear customs. That is out of our control.
Regarding Packaging, Preparation, and Storage of Essiac Tea
What type of packaging will my essiac arrive in?
For a bulk order of 1 lb. and over, we send your fully blended herbs in a large clear poly-bag secured at the end with a ladder tie. A large, plain, sturdy bag is standard packaging for any herb order (not just essiac) over 1 lb. If you prefer, you may order your herbs in smaller 4-oz. or 1 oz. packets. We offer these with and without labels. Of course, this type of packaging costs a bit more, but when you purchase essiac from bulk-essiac-tea.com you'll still pay much less than what you'd typically pay for essiac from a health food store or from another website.
Do you have photos of what these products look like?
Yes. Please browse through our essiac product listing to view photos of our various essiac order sizes and packaging.
How do I prepare my essiac tea?
Please visit this page: How to Brew Essiac Tea. There are brewing instructions using oz. as well as grams depending on what you are more comfortable with. Brewing just takes 10 minutes of your time once every 2 weeks.
How come you don't recommend that we brew the tea twice like some companies do?
Most likely, companies that ask you to bring the tea to a boil twice are using regular (not powdered) herbs, and it's harder to get the medicinal extract out of large herb particles. We've tried both methods (brewing once and brewing twice) and had the same results from both brewing methods: so don't waste your time brewing these powdered herbs twice. To our knowledge, there is no additional benefit to brewing powdered herbs twice. Some people believe that you must bring liquids to a boil twice to kill any bacteria. We don't personally believe this, but if you do and you choose to bring your essiac to a boil a second time, it won't hurt the essiac--we just don't believe it is necessary.
How should I store my essiac herbs? Store the herbs in the packaging they arrived in. Keep them in a cool, dark place (not in the refrigerator, though--it's too cold). Unopened packets of herbs stay fresh for up to a year.
How should I store my essiac tea once I've brewed it? Your brewed essiac tea must be refrigerated, since there are no additives or preservatives. Do not store brewed tea for more than two weeks, because the tea may spoil. Store your tea in spring water gallon containers or glass bottles. Dark bottles are not necessary, because your refrigerator is dark inside anyway (hence, negligible opportunity for the tea to experience light damage). Clean all containers thoroughly with hot water before using them to store your tea. Do not brew essiac tea more than two weeks ahead of time.
When can I expect to receive my order?
If you order with a credit card online or over the phone, we send your essiac order out on Tuesday or Friday, whichever comes first. We close orders to be sent Tuesday at midnight Monday evening and we close orders to be sent Friday at noon. If you have an extreme urgent need to receive your order more quickly please call your order in at 978-504-9517 and it can be arranged in most cases. If you choose ground shipping, expect your tea to arrive in 7-10 business days, although it often arrives in 3-5 business days FROM THE DATE WE SHIPPED YOUR ORDER. If you require faster shipping transit times, please choose 2-3 day Priority Mail in our shopping cart. Note that even if you order Priority mail transit time, we still ship only on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Do you provide tracking numbers? We currently use USPS for shipping, since they have the lowest cost and fastest service for the typical size essiac order. You will see an email with a tracking number after it's shipped. Please note that for international orders there won't be frequent updates, but that doesn't mean your order is lost. That is normal. Updates will increase as the order gets closer to you.
Using the above information you can estimate the date of arrival based on your chosen shipping method, how rural your area is, and your distance away from Massachusetts. We will respond promptly to any issue you might have with your order. We also will replace any lost package immediately. In general international orders can take 4-6 weeks to arrive to you if they get held up at customs. Please plan accordingly.
Do you include instructions with the orders?
Yes, we include dosing instructions, brewing instructions, and contact information should you need further product support. The instructions are in ounces. If you prefer instructions in grams and mL, please specify that by using the comments section of the shopping cart when you order.
Do you offer customer support for ordering?
Yes. You may use our contact form. You can also call us Toll-Free at 1-866-ESSIAC1 (1-866-377-4221) (you may have to leave a message). We always returns phone calls as promptly as we can, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
Why don't you have a team of callers or a retail location?
Our goal at bulk-essiac-tea.com is to provide you the highest quality, lowest cost and most effective essiac. We understand that there is a financial burden that comes along with illness and that many of our customers are pursuing multiple treatment options that are usually expensive. The only way we can sell essiac at such a low price is to limit our overhead costs. Bryan generally returns all phone calls within the hour. We respond to e-mail quickly as well. Click here to contact us.
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