FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Essiac Tea
About Our Formula
Do you use the whole sheep sorrel plant, including the roots, in your formula?
Yes - That is the only way the tea will be most effective. The sheep sorrel is 20% root, which means it contains the whole root.
What can essiac do for me?
Essiac can be used for gentle full body detox and immune support.
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, chemical-free 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. This is our only product, so the inventory is always up-to-date.
Where do your herbs come from?
All of our herbs come from the U.S. because this allows us to deliver the most consistent, effective and affordable product that undergoes rigorous quality testing. Currently all of our herbs are coming from an herb company called "Starwest Botanicals" in California.
Why do you use powdered herbs?
Powdered herbs are more expensive for us to use than whole herbs, but the extra cost we bear is well worth it. This is because powdered herbs make for a more potent brew. With powdered (pulverized) herbs, there is more surface area on the herbs for the extracts to seep into the tea. Anything in powdered form mixes easier and more thoroughly. Furthermore, powdered herbs are pulverized fine enough that they can remain in the tea and be consumed along with the tea. It is preferred that you consume the herb particles in addition to the tea, as the herbs might contain beneficial compounds. This is a similar argument to those who tell you to eat the whole fruit versus only drinking the juice or taking a vitamin pill. 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.
Which herbs make up eight herb essiac?
The eight herbs that make up essiac are: blessed thistle, burdock root, kelp, red clover, sheep sorrel, slippery elm bark, turkish rhubarb root, and watercress.
How does eight herb essiac taste?
Eight herb essiac has a slightly bitter, grassy taste. The watercress is the main culprit for this. Some essiac blends don't include watercress, but we believe that herb is crucial to the formula. Most people get accustomed to the taste after a couple of weeks of taking essiac tea. Since you will generally only be taking 3 oz. at a time, it should not be 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 doesn't taste horribly but most don't find it delicious either. We recommend keeping a glass of orange juice nearby and swishing your mouth out after taking essiac if the taste bothers you. This practice will counteract the bitter taste making it more pleasant to take the tea. You may also add stevia, honey or any fruit or vegetable juice to your essiac tea dose after it’s been brewed.
Why does your essiac cost so much less than the essiac at the health food store or from other sites?
Our essiac has the same eight herbs as these more expensive products. Our formula is the most effective ever found in clinical trials. It IS "the real thing." It is the result of the research Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles Brusch conducted over an eight-year period. We are able to sell it at a lower price due to the large volume of essiac we sell. Also, we do not maintain a physical store - only a warehouse. This saves lots of money. Finally, it is more important to us to help you with your health more than to make a huge profit. Due to all these factors, we are able to keep our prices low.
Using the Tea
Can I heat up the essiac and drink it warm?
It's suggested to drink the essiac straight from the fridge - cold.
How many times per day should I drink essiac?
It's suggested to drink it three times per day when improved health is desired. It's suggested to drink it twice per day to maintain health.
Can I take essiac along with radiation or chemotherapy?
Can I take essiac with other alternative or traditional treatments?
How long should I continue taking essiac tea?
We suggest taking essiac continuously for six months for lasting effects.
If I am healthy, can I still take essiac tea?
Yes; essiac can be taken as a general daily supplement for those who are healthy.
Are there any side effects?
You might experience mild stomach/intestinal irritation if you start immediately on the aggressive level of 3 oz. three times per day. This may include loose stools or an increased frequency of stool. This is a good thing: it's a sign of detoxification and will not harm your body as long as you're able to tolerate any discomfort. The vast majority of people who experience this aren’t bothered by it and it doesn’t interfere with their day. 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 amount.
What should I do if I am on medication? You can take essiac along with your medications. You can take them at the same time or at a different time as your tea - it's up to you.
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 in this product. Avoid storing brewed tea for more than two weeks, because the tea may spoil. Store your tea in a container of your choice. We suggest containers that have an open top so that you can stir your essiac before pouring. 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.
How much essiac tea should I take? Instructions appear on the labels on each bag of essiac.
How do I prepare my essiac tea?
Brewing instructions appear on each bag.
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. It’s harder to get the medicinal extract out of large herb particles, hence the boiling twice. Dr. Charles Brusch and Rene Caisse have performed studies on the various brewing methods and never found an additional benefit to brewing powdered herbs twice. Some people believe that you must bring liquids to a boil twice to kill any bacteria. This does not apply to our powdered herbs.
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 - unless your house is over 90 degrees most of the time). Unopened packets of herbs stay fresh for up to two years from date of purchase.
I've read that you shouldn't purchase the essiac herbs already mixed, but rather 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. An unscrupulous company might include more of one herb that happens to be less expensive and less of an herb that is more expensive. However, since the eight-herb formula is not public information, you cannot simply make your own essiac blend yourself. Even if you could, 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 we do! We are one of the least expensive essiac options around. Plus, we rely on repeat business to be successful. If our essiac didn't work, no one would re-order again and we would lose out in the end. We've been here for 15 years for a reason :)
Why is there "sludge" at the bottom of my container? Can I throw it out? It's best to consume the herbs 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 serving. The most effective way to do this for most people is to use a large wooden spoon to stir the pitcher before pouring each serving. 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.
Do can I take it with meals or do I need to take it on an empty stomach? Essiac should be taken on an empty stomach. Take it at least one hour before eating a meal and at least two hours after your last meal. If you cannot comply with this once in a while, taking essiac with food once in awhile is better than not taking it at all. You are allowed to have black coffee, plain tea, fruit or vegetable juice with your essiac and that still counts as an "empty stomach." You can have water as well.
How can I order?
We recommend that you place your order via our safe and secure online shopping. You can always call in your order if you prefer. Our cart accepts all major credit cards as well as PayPal. You can also call in your order if you prefer to: 978-504-9517.
Which shipping company do you use? When can I expect to receive my order?
We ship via USPS.com. For more info. on how we ship and how shipping methods might affect the herbs please see: USPS and the essiac herbs. If you order with a credit card online or over the phone, we process and ship your order by Tuesday or Friday, whichever comes first. Cutoff for orders is noon on Tuesday and Friday. If you require faster processing, please call in your order at 1-978-504-9517 and more rapid shipping can be arranged. Most orders within the US will come in 2-3 business days. Most international orders take 6-21 days to arrive from date or order.
Do you provide tracking numbers?
Yes, you will receive the tracking number via email. Please note that the USPS tracking updates are not as often or detailed as with some carriers, especially for international orders. However you will definitely get notification when the order is shipped as well as when it is delivered.
Do you include instructions with the orders?
Yes, we include 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 notes section of the shopping cart when you order.
Do you have distributors such as other websites or retail stores with your tea who are closer to me?
No, we only ship from our warehouse.
What type of packaging will my essiac arrive in?
Your herbs will arrive in the specified number of 4 oz. or 1 lb. sealed and labeled packets. These units are stand-alone packages complete with brewing and dosage instructions. They DO NOT have our website or our contact info. on the label in case you wish to resell them.
How soon can I expect my shipment?
We ship on Tuesdays and Fridays. All orders received by noon on Tuesday or Friday make the shipping cutoff. Orders coming in after those dates go out on the next ship date. We ship 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." In some cases it can take weeks for the herbs to clear customs. Unfortunately that is out of our control. In general, international orders can take as long as 4-6 weeks to arrive to you if they get held up at customs. Please plan accordingly. We can provide other shipping services if needed, however the cost will be much higher for you. Contact us to inquire on this.
Will the essiac be allowed into my country? What if my package is seized by customs?
Before ordering, please confirm with your 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, turkey rhubarb root, and watercress. However, note that 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 haven't had problems in a long time, there is always a risk. We include a special note that allows the product to be brought into Australia with Australian orders. 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.
Which shipping services do you use?
We use USPS, which is short for the United States Postal Service (the mail). USPS offers the best prices and service for the particular size and weight parcels we use. We use Priority Mail for all orders unless a special arrangement is made. If you require shipping via another company for some reason please contact us with the request.
How much does shipping cost?
Within the U.S., all orders ship Priority Mail for free. International shipping charges vary by location. You can see a shipping quote once you select the product you’d like and enter your address in our shopping cart.
What is your return policy?
We accept unopened returns for up to 30 days from date of purchase. We also accept returns if the product arrives damaged in some way. Your satisfaction is our goal.
About Our Company
Where are you located?
We're based out of Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA.
How long have you been in the herbal tea business?
We have been making and distributing essiac since 1986. This website was launched in 2018 although we've been selling direct to consumers for the past 15 years.
How many customers have used your product?
The eight herb essiac tea formula we carry has been taken by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
Do you offer customer support?
Yes. You may call 1-978-504-9517 or email genuineessiac @ gmail.com. You can also use messenger on our Facebook Page "Genuine Essiac." We return all messages as soon as possible 7 days per week.
Do you have other products besides essiac?
Not at this time.
I was warned to avoid red clover due to the estrogen. The good news is that the red clover is a very small percentage of the formula. Furthermore, essiac works as a synergistic formula, meaning that the combination of herbs has a different effect than any of the one herbs taken on its own. If we pulled the red clover out of the tea, it wouldn’t be essiac anymore.
Can I take essiac while pregnant or breastfeeding?