Europeans set foot on North American soil, native healers had discovered the
medicinal powers of herbs, and in fact, many of the packaged drugs we use today
are based on traditional aboriginal wisdom. (For example, painkillers like Aspirin® were formulated using the knowledge that many First Nations used the
bark of the willow tree to ease pain.) However, with the rise of drug companies
and the proliferation of medical technology, for much of the 20th
century traditional herbal medicines were out of favour. Many health
professionals are now taking a more holistic approach and are rediscovering the
benefits of natural herbal formulas. Many recommend ESSIAC®,
an herbal tonic based on ancient Ojibway tradition that has been available
since the 1920s. This blend of four different herbs helps to support the immune
The Story of ESSIAC®
with a chance encounter in 1922 between an elderly prospector's wife and a
Bracebridge, Ontario registered nurse. One day while at work, Nurse
was asking a
woman in her 80s about her medical history. The woman mentioned that in her
youth she'd been very ill, but far from a hospital or clinic. A First Nations elder
had given her a tea made from herbs.
the story, Rene Caisse began to explore the possibility of making this formula
herself. After contacting many people, she found an Ojibway elder who showed
her the herbs to use and taught her to blend them in just the right measures.
Soon Nurse Caisse began giving her herbal tea to patients who were interested
in its possibilities.
tea – which she named "Essiac,” her last named spelled backward – was helping
many who tried it, Nurse Caisse was backed by a group of doctors who financed her
to set up a testing laboratory in Toronto. However, the Bracebridge Town
Council soon lured her back to her hometown by offering her a clinic in the old
British Lion Hotel.
years, Nurse Caisse helped thousands of people from across Canada and around
the world with ESSIAC® tea.
The four herbs in the tea are:
- Sheep Sorrel Leaves
- Slippery Elm Bark
- Indian Rhubarb Root
- Burdock Root
Each of these
four herbs has properties that have long been known to herbalists. These
properties include detoxification, astringency, antimicrobial action, and other
factors that support the immune system.
After a long
and successful career, Nurse Caisse sold the rights to ESSIAC®
and Essiac Canada International now manufactures the supplement. Although there
are many imitators, there is only one authentic
so be sure
that the tonic you order has Rene Caisse's picture and signature on the box. ESSIAC®
is made only
The herbs used
in the formula are grown especially for Essiac Canada International, and they
are cultivated without the use of herbicides or pesticides. The formula is available
in vegetable capsules, extract, and powder form. ESSIAC® is a natural health product
that supports a healthy immune function – something more and more of us need in
these stressful times.
Discover what ESSIAC® can do for you!