Essiac Recipe

I am putting this here in case it becomes difficult to find on the Internet at some point. This is the recipe and dosage directions for Essiac tea. This originally came from Please go to that website to find out more about the origins, uses and history of Essiac tea.

“Snow gives complete instructions for preparing the brew. One thoroughly mixes these dry ingredients in a bowl, then pours the dry mixture into a wide-mouth glass jar and shakes well. One mixes 1 1/2 quarts of distilled water to every ounce of the dry mixture and boils it up in a stainless steel, lidded pot. After boiling hard for 10 minutes, turn off the heat, says Snow, scrape down the sides of the pot, and stir well. The pot then sits for 10-12 hours. To preserve a supply, one must sterilize the implements and reheat the liquid until it is steaming hot, but not boiling. One strains the mixture and puts it in bottles. The caps of the bottle are tightened and then and set aside to cool. Once the bottles are opened, they should be refrigerated, but not frozen.

It is important to question the source and authenticity of the herbs. For example, there are over 100 species of “sorrel” but it is important to make sure one is getting real sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), and not some substitute, such as ordinary garden sorrel (Rumex acetosa).

The final product looks somewhat like apple cider or light honey and has a mild, earthy aroma and a flavor that some patients refer to as “punk”—a little like dry, decayed wood. To use, Snow says one should:

Shake the bottle gently to mix any settled sediment.
Take 1 oz. of the decoction in 2 oz. of hot water on an empty stomach, 2 to 3 hours after supper each night.
Refrain from food or drink for 1 hour after taking it.
Allow at least 3 hrs. to elapse between using Essiac and any prescription drug or treatment.

Some patients complain of nausea and/or indigestion after taking Essiac, says Snow. This may be because they take it on a full stomach. Large doses of burdock root tea have also been found toxic in certain cases. For more information, see the article on Essiac in Cancer Therapy as well as Snow.

13 (measuring cup) ozs. burdock root (Arctium lappa), cut into small pieces;
4 oz. (scale weight) powdered sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) herb;
1 oz. (scale weight) powdered slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) inner bark;
1/4 oz. (scale weight) Indian or Turkey rhubarb (Rheum officinale, Rheum palmatum) root.”


6 responses to “Essiac Recipe

  1. hi, would like to try essiac, but is it okay to by it bottled?

    • Hi Susan
      You can buy Essiac bottled but make sure wherever you get it from is including the root of the sheep sorrel in the mix. Quite often it is left out to keep manufacturing costs down but it is a key part of the formula and only the leaves are included – the plant grows back quicker this way so is better for mass production but you don’t get everything you need.

  2. We have an Essiac Tea that is easy to swallow because it is in a Soft Gel. Go to for more information, and all of the information about Essiac Tea.

  3. Nowadays, everyone is health conscious and they want to get healthy body. There is a need to have something which will ensure that there is no side-effect and will make us healthy. There are various products which will make you healthy and will ensure your well-being. Anything which is natural, such as ESSIAC. for more information about essiac visit at

  4. Good write up, I also have the recipe and a ton of essiac info on my site

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