Sediment or Mold?
What is Sediment?
Essiac tea sediment is often confused for mold. Look at your container you will likely see a bit of cloudy, floating material. Many people confuse that for mold but most often it is sediment you see.
One of the 4 ingredients in essiac tea is slippery elm bark. When mixed with water it creates a gel-like substance called mucilage. This mucilage is especially evident when you strain your essiac herbs. When using our cheesecloth bags you will notice a lot of mucilage filtering through it. This mucilage is a significant part of essiac tea, and often times doesn't settle until it is in the fridge.
Here is what the sediment in essiac tea typically looks like:
During the steeping process the sediment will go to the bottom of your pot. That's why it's important to stir the tea before adding to your sterile jars. In this picture you can see where sediment is more visible on the left (from the bottom of the pot) than the right.