SHEEP SORREL ROOTS
Rene Caisse was very secretive about the Essiac tea recipe. The secret ingredient of Essiac tea was discovered by Sheila Snow who obtained letters from Dr. Chester Stock of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1979.
Here is what Rene Caisse stated regarding the importance of using the whole sheep sorrel plant, including sheep sorrel roots:
“The herb that will destroy a cancer is the dog-eared sheep sorrel, sometimes called sourgrass. The entire plant must be used.” 1
“The reason I offered to send you more material was because I know you cannot get the entire plant. You can buy the crushed leaves but they are no good alone. I found this out when I needed so much, when treating three to six hundred people afflicted with cancer every week for eight and a half years. I do know that the whole plant is needed.” 2
“I am very shocked at the way your people are using the materials I sent you….They are just using leaves and stems, leaving out the roots. They are a part of Essiac.” 3
“Dear Dr. Stock; I am worried about not receiving any reports on the tests. I thought about the way the lab had been preparing the material for the tests, and why they were not getting better results, so I read over their preparation and found that they were only using the leaves and stems, leaving out the roots, which are very essential in the ‘Essiac’ for treatments.” 4
- [April 4, 1974 letter to Dr. Chester Stock; Ref. ESSIAC, THE SECRETS OF RENE CAISSE’S HERBAL PHARMACY, p. 28]
- [January 1975 letter to Dr. Chester Stock; Ref. ESSIAC, THE SECRETS OF RENE CAISSE’S HERBAL PHARMACY, p. 30]
- [August 4, 1975 letter to Dr. Chester Stock; Ref. ESSIAC, THE SECRETS OF RENE CAISSE’S HERBAL PHARMACY, p. 31]
- [June 14, 1976 letter to Dr. Chester Stock; Ref. THE ESSIAC BOOK, p. 123]
“If it works, don’t change it.”
— Rene M. Caisse, R.N.
It takes around 3 years to grow a crop of sheep sorrel roots because the young roots have little or no potency or flavor. These young roots are fragile. In the third year the roots are stronger, larger, darker, bitter and tougher. Because of this, they are more potent and are more therapeutic.
It has been said that sheep sorrel roots are more potent than the leaves and the roots contain nutrients which are not present in the leaves. If you were to taste the leaves and the roots of the sheep sorrel plant, you would think they are from different plants because the roots have a different taste.
Sheep Sorrel Roots should be harvested after the first frosts before the ground freezes or right after the ground thaws and before spring growth.
***We are very fortunate at Just Tea, LLC because we grow our own sheep sorrel and we harvest the whole plant including the roots.***
The pictures above are from our own crop of sheep sorrel growing and then of of the first part of the process of washing the sheep sorrel and getting it ready to dry.