All About Our Herbs
Herb quality is of the utmost importance to us. We choose the herbs we need for our essiac formula based on which herb companies can offer us the highest quality organic herbs at the lowest price. All of our herbs undergo rigorous testing for quality control, safety and purity.
Seven essiac herbs (blessed thistle, burdock root, kelp, slippery elm bark, red clover, turkey rhubarb root, and watercress) currently come from Starwest Botanicals, Inc. in California. The eighth herb (sheep sorrel including the root) comes from a private grower.
HERB QUALITY: MOISTURE CONTENT AND FRESHNESS
The herbs have 12-15% moisture content for the blessed thistle, sheep sorrel, and kelp. The herbs have less than 10% moisture content for the burdock root, red clover, slippery elm bark, watercress, and turkish rhubarb root.
Our herbs are always fresh because we sell thousands of pounds of essiac every month. We turn over our entire inventory of herbs every 2-3 weeks!
Many customers have commented on how fresh our herbs look, smell, and taste. If you purchase essiac from an outlet that sells more than one herbal formula, you're much more likely to receive stale herbs. We only carry essiac here, and we sell a lot of it. Because of this, we never have stale herbs sitting around. This is key, because herb quality can deteriorate as the months and years go by.
WHY POWDERED HERBS ARE BEST
Powdered herbs are made by crushing or pulverizing whole herbs. The resulting powdered herbs look like what you see inside a tea bag.
Powdered herbs make a more potent brew of tea. This is because there is more surface area on powdered herbs, which better allows the extracts to seep into the tea. Anything in powdered form mixes easier and more completely.
Furthermore, powdered herbs are tiny enough that they can be consumed along with the tea. This is beneficial because consuming the whole plant works better than just consuming the tea. When you consume the herb particles in addition to the tea itself (which is only possible when you brew with powdered herbs) your body will receive all of the beneficial compounds present in the herbs. In fact, we believe so strongly in the powdered form of essiac that we only offer essiac as a powdered herb blend.
WE BELIEVE SO MUCH IN THE EIGHT HERB ESSIAC THAT WE REFUSE TO SELL THE FOUR HERB ESSIAC.
The first essiac in use by the Canadian nurse Rene Caisse was eight herb essiac. Four herb essiac (with three herbs drank as a tea and one herb injected) was tested for a brief period of time but was not widely used by Caisse, and was never accepted as a superior formula by Caisse. The eight herb formula was the one designed to be taken as a tea.
We test each and every batch (including using it ourselves!) to ensure that herb quality is the highest it can be. We only ship herbs that pass our rigorous standards to our customers.