Essiac tea is a blend of four healing herbs that was created by Rene Caisse, a Canadian nurse, for the treatment of cancer. This gentle formula has proven to have powerful benefits to people and their pets as well. Essiac tea is most commonly used to treat cancer but is also used as a natural remedy for other chronic health problems and benign tumors.
What Herbs are in Essiac Tea?
Burdock root is a blood purifying herb with a mild taste. Usually it is used over a course of several months to bring healing. In some cultures this root is used as a food source.
Sheep sorrel contains vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene. It reduces inflammation and purifies the blood. It is believed to cont
Slippery elm bark is highly nutritious and mild tasting. It does become slippery when it is wet. It coats the throat and digestive tract, which is why is it commonly used to sooth digestive complaints.
There is a small amount of turkey rhubarb in Essiac. Turkey rhubarb has a laxative effective. This can help the body eliminate toxins. This bitter herb also contains tannins, which are astringent in nature.
What About the 8 Herb Essiac Blend?
Some companies sell an Essiac blend with the above mentioned herbs and 4 additional herbs – kelp, watercress, red clover and blessed thistle. These are certainly beneficial and nutritious herbs. Blessed thistle is used to support the liver and red clover is a cancer fighting herb.
The original Essiac formula contains only four herbs. 8 herb Essiac is not the original blend, which does not render it ineffective, but it does not have the same history of success that the original Essiac does.
What is the Best Type of Essiac for Pets?
Home Made Tea
A tea brewed according to the original directions is the best way to use Essiac. The herbs are steeped in water for many hours. This steeping time allows the nutrients and chemicals in the herbs to be extracted into the water. This is especially important for pets with digestive problems, whose digestive system may not adequately draw out the properties of Essiac.
The powdered Essiac is sometimes used if a pet will not take the tea. The herbs can be mixed into food. While this is not ideal, it does not meal it will not work; it just may not work as well.
The powder in capsules is another option, especially for pets that are easy to dose with capsules.
A tincture of Essiac can be used, though alcohol based tinctures are not recommended for pets. Alcohol, like water, extracts medicinal properties from the herbs. It should be noted that the original Essiac used water extraction (tea) and water and alcohol or glycerin do not always extract the same components of herbs in the same way. This just means the result may not be exactly the same as a water extract.
It is certainly possible to mix your own loose Essiac tea by buying each of the four herbs individually.
Recipe for Essiac Herb Blend
- 1 1/2 pounds burdock root, cut
- 1 pound sheep sorrel, powdered
- 1/4 pound slippery elm, powdered
- 1 ounce Turkey Rhubarb root, powdered
Essiac Tea Recipe for Pets
- Use a stainless steel or glass pot (do not use aluminum.)
- Boil 1 quart of pure water.
- Add 1 ounce dry Essiac blend.
- Cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Keep covered. Steep (do not add more heat) for 12 hours.
- After 12 hours, reheat the tea mix, but do not boil it again.
- Strain out herbs with a non-aluminum strainer. Some of the herb will get into the resulting tea and that is fine.
- Pour into a clean glass jar and cover with a lid.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week
Essiac Tea Dosing for Pets
Ideally, Essiac will be given once daily on an empty stomach. First thing in the morning or before bed are good times to give Essiac to your pet. If you need to mix it with food to get your pet to take it, use the minimum amount needed to get your pet to take Essiac.
How Much Essiac Tea for Cats?
1 teaspoon (5 ml) of essiac tea is the dose for cats. It should be mixed with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of water and given with a syringe.
¼ teaspoon of powder or 1 capsule of Essiac can be used if a cat will not take the tea.
Be sure to have plenty of fresh pure water available at all times.
How Much Essiac Tea for Dogs?
Large Dogs – 1 ounce Essiac tea with 2 ounces of water.
Medium Dogs – ½ ounce Essiac tea with 1 ounce of water.
Small Dogs – 1 ½ teaspoons Essiac tea with 1 Tablespoon of water.
How Long Should a Pet Take Essiac Tea?
Essiac tea is suitable for continued use. It is not uncommon for the tea to be used for months or years. However, if the situation is completely resolved, weaning from the tea can be done. Dosing can be resumed if needed.
Essiac tea can cause side effects. As it kills off toxins and they leave the body, pets may experience lethargy, lack of appetite, change in sleep patterns or change in elimination habits. The purgative effect of Turkey Rhubarb could cause loose stools in some pets.
If you notice undesirable side effects, decrease the amount of tea given each day, or take a break from the tea.
A dog or cat with cancer, a tumor, or chronic illness will need more than Essiac tea. Quality food, plenty of fresh water, and exercise as tolerated are also important. Keep stress to a minimum and sleeping quarters comfortable. Good rest is important to healing.
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