About Essiac Tea
Essiac tea is a decoction, or concentrate – it is boiled, steeped overnight and should be stored in the sterile container or placed directly into the refrigerator.
The shelf life of a sterilized, unopened jar is 6 months. Once opened it lasts 3-4 weeks. Make sure if it's close the the 4 week point to visibly check the tea for any signs of mold and smell the tea. If it has a sour smell unlike how the tea normally smells, discard the tea.
First time tips:
Essiac tea takes 10-12 hours to steep before you bring it back up to a temperature you can add it to sterile canning jars. Make sure to plan ahead so you know that 12 hours after steeping begins you'll be finishing the brewing process.
Sterilize!!!! Sterilize your kitchen counters and the utensils you'll be using - canning jars, funnel, stainless steel strainer, etc. That Prevents any germs from making their way into your tea.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
- 1 - 3.8oz packet of Just Tea - Essiac Tea
- 5 Quarts (4.75L) of Distilled or purified (unchlorinated) water
- Stainless Steel, Glass or Enameled Pot with lid (big enough to hold 5 quarts, or 4.75 Liters of Liquid).
- Four - 1 quart (32oz) glass canning Jars with lids (amber colored jars or clear jars)
- Cheesecloth bag from Just Tea or stainless steel strainer.
- Stainless Steel Thermometer
Optional: Canning Funnel, Canning Jar Lifter (if you choose to sterilize using water instead of an oven)
*Do not use any aluminum or Teflon utensils*
Step 2: Begin the Brew
- Add 5 quarts (4.75L) of distilled or purified (unchlorinated) water to your stainless steel pot.
- Cover the pot and bring it to a rolling boil.
- Add your 3.8oz dry tea packet of Just Tea - Essiac Tea to your cheesecloth bag (tie the end up) or
- Add the entire contents of the tea packet directly into the water. (We recommend a stainless steel strainer if you use this method)
- Boil for 12-15 minutes and then turn off the heat. If you've placed the herbs directly into the pot, scrape the herbs from the side of the pot into the water.
Step 3: Steep and Prepare
- Keep the pot covered on your stove (off the heat) to steep for 10-12 hours. *no longer than 18 hours if you accidentally forget it!
- If you want to sterilize your utensils, jars, and lids at this time, make sure to boil each of them in water for 10 minutes. Check out THIS Post for the different ways you can sterilize your jars.
- At the end of the 10-12 hour steeping time, strain the herbs from the tea, getting as much water out of the herbs as possible. There will be a gel-like sediment from the herbs, that's a good thing so keep as much in the tea as possible. (for the cheesecloth bag, squeeze as much water and sediment as you possibly can back into the pot. *you can reuse the cheesecloth bag! Make sure to rinse it out thoroughly and set it to dry.
Step 4: Ready to Can
- Reheat the tea to 175-180 degrees Fahrenheit (79-82 degrees Celsius) and divide the tea into the STERILE 4 quart jars.
- Immediately close the jars and seal them by placing them upside down.
- Cool to room temperature. If this process is done correctly, you do not have to refrigerate the unopened jars. If you are unsure about any part of the process, refrigerate them.
- Keep the unopened jars in a cool, dark place. They will be good for 6 months if the sterilization process was done correctly.
- Once the jar is opened refrigerate. It should be good for up to 4 weeks if refrigerated. Not sure you did it correctly? Check out THIS post to see if it's sediment or mold you have. - don't worry, if you follow the sterilization steps you shouldn't have any issues!
Instructions for Use
We recommended taking 2oz (59ml) or 1/4 cup of tea 1-2 times a day on an empty stomach. If this is your first time taking the tea start out at once a day to see how your body reacts, then build up to the full dose.
DO NOT ADD ANYTHING to your tea except additional warm, clean water to your individual dose if you'd like to take it warm.
You only need to wait 10-15 minutes before eating/drinking anything else.
If after 16 weeks (3 months) your problem is under control, you may drop down to 2oz (59ml) once daily.
Max dose is 2oz (59ml) 3 times a day.
*Recommended: to minimize any possible detox symptoms, it is recommended to drink up to half your weight (in ounces of water). For example, a 100lb individual should drink around 50oz of water a day.
Did you know Essiac Tea is great for your pets as well? Check out our dosing chart for pets HERE.
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