Just-Tea (essiac tea) Herbs We Use

There are 4 ingredients in Just Tea (essiac tea). No alcohol or preservatives of any kind are ever added!!!!  Just Tea ingredients are:

  • Sheep Sorrel-Whole plant (we use the whole plant)- Organic
  • Burdock Root-Organic
  • Slippery Elm- Organic
  • Turkey Rhubarb- Organic

There are four herbs in the Just Tea recipe. They are the same four herbs, and in the same proportions as the essiac recipe which accompanied Gary Glum’s book back in the 1990s when I bought it (Calling of an Angel). I buy my dry herbs from the most reputable sources in the U.S., highly espected for their integrity and knowledge of herbs. On the two herbs that are purchased in large quantities, I get a sample from the herb lot that I am buying sent to me first for my approval before the entire shipment comes out. The other two herbs used comprise a very small percentage of the recipe and they are purchased individually, though of course, still from an exceptional source. They are expensive because the quality is important to me.  Just Tea provides you an exemplary product. None of the herbs are irradiated.

THE HERBS USED ARE AS FOLLOWS: (Note: The data given here is a composite of information published in “The Essiac Report”; “Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants”; “Richter’s Herb Catalog”, and my own experience over 21 years.

Sheep Sorrel ( Rumex acetosella)

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 also known simply as sorrel or dock, is a perennial plant that has been used for centuries in a multitude of ways.  It has been used for :

  • anti-cancer therapy
  • anti-inflammatory agent
  • diuretic
  • antibacterial agent and immune system booster
  • antioxidant
  • vitamin deficiency
  • food preparation

Now, the plant’s leaves are the parts used for both medicinal and culinary purposes.  The roots of the plant have been used historically as an astringent and coagulant.  The entire plant, including roots, is used as the main ingredient in essiac tea.

Sheep Sorrel has several reported health benefits, including treatment for cancer, fever, generalized inflammation, and scurvy.  Sheep Sorrel has an abundance of disease-fighting molecules, such as vitamins (A, B Complex, C, D, E and K).

Some uses noted for sheep sorrel are as a remedy for cancer;  relief of internal ulcers;  remedy for skin diseases;  relief from chronic and degenerative conditions and diseases; urinary tract tonic;  stomach hemorrhages;  jaundice conditions; salads, soups, traditional vegetable.  An infusion of sheep sorrel is often used as a gargle for sore throat, for internal and external bleeding, including excessive menstrual bleeding; and for diarrhea.


Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)

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Burdock is a root that is found in Europe and Asia.  It has many medicinal qualities and has been used in many herbal remedies and is sweet to the taste and has a gummy consistency.  Burdock Root has been used as a remedy for measles, arthritis, tonsillitis, viruses like colds, throat pain, and as a diuretic.  Today it has been used in oncology and to treat many other serious health problems.

It’s active ingredients are arcigen, calcium, chlorogenic acid, essential oil, flavenoids, iron, inulun, lactone, mucilage, polyacetylenes, potassium, resin, tannin, and taraxosterol.  It contains beneficial fatty acids from the seeds of the plant and the oil from the seeds can be used as a diaphoretic, which helps with increased perspiration.  This is essential in cleansing the body of harmful toxins.

In many places, Burdock Root is eaten as a vegetable.  It has many nutrients link iron, inulin and beneficial oils.  Polyacetylenes which is an active ingredient are known to be effective antibacterials and anti-fungals.

Burdock contains niacin, which is known to eliminate poisons from the body, including radiation.  It supports the bladder, kidney and liver.

Again, some of the uses listed for burdock root are blood purification; anti-tumor activity; reduction of cell mutation; relief of liver disorders; improvement of digestion; kidney and bladder detox.; diuretic; treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, and sciatica. Inulin (not insulin) found in burdock helps strengthen organs and regulates blood sugar metabolism. Inulin is considered a powerful immune system benefit, as it combines with white blood cells and makes them work better. Burdock root extracts have been used to destroy bacteria and fungus cultures, and burdock shows strong anti-tumor activity. It is said that whereas burdock root builds the system when you eat it, it also gives you a week’s work of exercise in digging it up! It is commonly steamed , used in sauces, curries, soups, and chilies. Burdock root is also excellent for acute and chronic skin problems and for cystitis


Slippery Elm ( Ulmus rubra/fulva)

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The slippery elm tree is native to eastern Canada and eastern and central US.

The early settlers and the North American Indians used the inner bark of the slippery elm as a poultice or as a soothing drink.  When the inner bark comes into contact with water it yields a thick mucilage or demulcent that was used as an ointment or salve to treat urinary tract inflammation and was applied topically for cold sores and boils.

Slippery Elm is effective for protection against stomach ulcers, colitis, gut inflammation and acidity.  The reason is the mucus secretion that is triggered when you take it internally.

Slippery Elm is known for its soothing and healing properties.

Slippery elm bark is noted to be one of nature’s miracle cleansers. It dissolves mucus and protects and lubricates all the membrane linings in the body, particularly those irritated or inflamed. It lubricates bones and joints and helps discharge toxic waste material from the body. Slippery elm is good for reducing pain of ulcers and assisting in healing them. Applied externally, this herb draws out impurities from abscesses, ulcers and abrasions. It is also reported to have the ability to grow new cells to repair tissues. Inflammation of the vagina/uterus has responded to douching with a decoction made from slippery elm bark. It also produces an antibiotic and antimicrobial effect. Slippery elm is often used in healing burns. It is said that slippery elm bark boiled in water makes a more nutritious porridge than oatmeal and is good for any debilitating condition, even for small children and the elderly. You will find slippery elm listed in survival books for sustenance. Slippery elm is wildcrafted because the trees have to be at least 10 years old before the inner bark can be harvested and even then it is a careful process so as not to kill the trees.


Turkey Rhubarb Root (Rheum palmatum tanguticum)

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It has been shown to have anti-tumor activity.  It is a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and has been used to help with constipation.

In china, it is used for a variety of health conditions:

  • cancer
  • menopausal symptoms
  • hypertension
  • high cholesterol
  • burns
  • fever

The ability of turkey rhubarb root to help lessen the symptoms of these conditions is derived from the various biochemical compounds that can be extracted from the plant.  These include anthraquinones, tannins, calcium oxalate, and fatty acids.

The anthraquinones and tannins have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects while the anthraquinones are important to rhubarb’s role in cancer treatment.

Turkey rhubarb root (also called Chinese rhubarb) is a detoxifying herb which removes bile, parasites, and stagnating food by stimulating the gall bladder to discard toxic waste matter. It cleanses the liver and helps to improve chronic liver problems.

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