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Essiac tea ingredients need to be blended in a specific ratio to have the effect you're looking for.

It's helpful to learn the properties of the individual essiac tea ingredients when using essiac tea or thinking about using it. While the eight herb essiac formula isn't in the public domain (meaning that the proprietary formula isn't public information), the eight herbs that make up the essiac tea formula are no secret.

essiac tea ingredientsEight ingredients make up genuine essiac tea as endorsed by Rene Caisse. She abandoned use of her four herb essiac in favor of eight herb essiac by 1967.

Rene Caisse is the woman who brought essiac into widespread use. Go here to read more about this remarkable woman and to learn the history behind the eight essiac tea ingredients that make essiac the incredible blend that it is. Continue reading to find out which eight herbs make up our eight herb essiac formula and also their customary uses. To learn more about the individual herbs, simply click on the name of the herb below. 

Keep in mind that the herbs individually can have a different effect than they do when consumed as part of a formula. To read more about essiac tea benefits as a formula, go here.

The Eight Essiac Tea Ingredients.

blessed thistle

Blessed Thistle. Blessed thistle is used for digestive problems such as gas, constipation, and upset stomach.

This herb is also used to treat liver and gallbladder disease. 

burdock root

Burdock Root. Burdock root is a mild diuretic. It increases the production of both urine and sweat when necessary, making it useful in treating swelling and fever. Burdock root might play a role in preventing liver damage caused by alcohol, chemicals, or medications.

The exact reason for this protective effect is not known, but it is thought to involve opposition of a chemical process called oxidation, which occurs in the body as a natural function of metabolism. One result of oxidation is the release of free radicals, which are chemicals that may suppress immune function. Antioxidants such as burdock may protect body cells from damage caused by oxidation.


Kelp. Kelp is a sea vegetable that is a concentrated source of minerals, including iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Kelp as a source of iodine assists the body in making thyroid hormones, which are necessary for maintaining normal metabolism in all cells of the body. This increases energy levels and helps make it easier to maintain a healthy body weight.

Kelp is the most nutrient-dense of all the essiac tea ingredients - and it isn't found in the outdated four herb essiac formulas.

red clover

Red Clover. Red clover is a source of many valuable nutrients, including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is also one of the richest sources of isoflavones ( which are water-soluble chemicals that are are found in many plants).

The isoflavones found in red clover have been studied for their effectiveness in treating some forms of cancer. It is thought that the isoflavones prevent the proliferation of cancer cells and that they may even destroy cancer cells. If you've read that red clover should be avoided with certain types of cancers, go here to read why this isn't true.

sheep sorrel root

Sheep Sorrel including the root. Sheep sorrel is a rich source of oxalic acid, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, beta carotene, and vitamin C. This essiac tea ingredient is a mild diuretic, mild antiseptic, and a mild laxative. Our essiac blend contains the sheep sorrel root at 20% root just as Rene Caisse recommended.

slippery elm bark

Slippery Elm Bark. Slippery elm bark has been used as a poultice for cuts and bruises, and also for aching joints due to gout or other causes. This herb is not only an essiac tea ingredient - it is also used to alleviate sore throats.

Slippery elm bark is found in many sore throat lozenges. Since a sore throat and a cough are often linked, slippery elm bark has also been used in cough remedies. This herb also regulates digestion, easing both constipation and diarrhea.

turkish rhubarb root

Turkish Rhubarb Root. This detoxifying herb is well known for its healing properties. Rhubarb root purges the body of bile, parasites, and stagnating food in the gut by stimulating the gall duct to expel toxic waste matter.

It also has been shown to alleviate chronic liver problems by providing a cleansing effect. Rhubarb root improves digestion and helps regulate the appetite. It has been shown to help heal ulcers, alleviate disorders of the spleen and colon, relieve constipation, and help heal hemorrhoids as well as bleeding in the upper digestive tract. 


Watercress. Rich in Vitamin C, watercress is used as a general tonic and its bitter taste is thought to regulate the appetite and improve digestion. It can be used to alleviate conditions of the nervous system as well constipation and liver disorders.

Watercress is a popular cough and bronchitis remedy. It contains a remarkable substance called rhein which appears to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the intestines. It is believed that rhein is also effective against Candida albicans (yeast infection), fever, inflammation and pain.

About Mixing Your Own Essiac.

Interested in purchasing the essiac tea ingredients and trying to discover the ratio to mix essiac yourself? No need to bother!
At, we have done all the hard work for you. Because we ship so many hundreds of pounds of herbs out each and every week, we've managed to arrange volume discounts when we buy our essiac tea ingredients. We've also perfected our process of mixing our essiac so it's as efficient, fresh and high-quality as possible. It's what we DO, and at the risk of sounding pompous, we've become mighty good at it!

It's highly doubtful that you could save money buying the eight herbs individually and mixing them yourself - herbs cost much more when you don't purchase them in massive bulk quantities like we do. We get our herbs from a couple of different companies to find the highest quality herbs at the lowest price, and just the shipping charge alone would cost you quite a bit if you wanted to order the eight essiac tea ingredients yourself. Of course, the reality is that the eight herb essiac formula isn't available to the public anyway, for fear that it might be exploited by greedy corporations.

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Disclaimer: Essiac is not FDA tested and has not been FDA approved as a treatment or cure for any health problem. We do not represent it as such on this site. You must determine whether essiac is a product you should pursue. We have provided accounts and descriptions that represent the opinions of a variety of experts as well as actual users of essiac. We believe that our formula is the best essiac formula being sold in the world. However, we do not endorse anything on this site as medical fact.

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