Flor-Essence and Essiac History
Flor Essence Tea is similar but not identical to Essiac
here is a brief explanation of the Facts of the matter.
Understand this incredible story, think of an ancient healing knowledge
Knowledge gathered over the centuries and passed on via word of mouth
By shamans of the Ojibwa, North American Indians revered from the Spirit
Ojibwa in Canoe Source: unknown
They knew their tea as "A holy drink that purifies the body and places it back in balance with the Great Spirit."
Ojibway Midewiwin (First generation version) Part of their wisdom involved a tea which was given to an ill woman, who subsequently recovered. Decades later in 1922, she also passed on the knowledge to Nurse Rene Caisse who along with doctors, researched the herbs in the tea, and created variations.
(Second generation versions) After coming out of retirement, Nurse Rene partnered with one of America’s most prestigious doctors of the time. Together they perfected and refined the tea, drawing upon years of previous research, administration, know-how, and application. The result was the most researched, most effective, properly proportioned, easiest to administer tea blend.
(Third Generation, perfected version) Today this final generation, refined formula is available with a higher potency than ever before utilizing modern herbal extraction technology. The Flor Essence Tea Liquids have now decades of brewing extraction refined perfection.
(Current Generation Flor-Essence Tea)
Following is a little of the history of this remarkable tea which highlights the differences between the two:
• In 1922, Rene Caisse was not given a formula or a recipe. Rene wrote down a list of eight different herbs given to her by an elderly English woman under Rene’s care in Haileybury, Ontario, Canada. According to a recorded interview with Rene, the English woman received this knowledge 30 years before from an Ojibwa Medicine Man and had successfully used an herbal tea prepared from eight herbs.*
• In 1924, Rene helped her aunt using these eight herbs which were prepared in hot water and administered for over a year, with beneficial results apparent within two months. Note that Rene’s first use of the tea was in 1924, not 1922*; and she began with eight herbs.*
• Over the next few years, Rene and several doctors she worked with tried to discover which of the herbs were most effective in reducing the size of abnormal growths. They did this, looking for active constituents in the eight herbs, even injecting separately, and over time developed formulas whereby one of the herbs was given by injection to reduce the size of an a growth, and others were given orally to get the cleansing benefits needed. All Rene’s administrations over the years were known as “Essiac,” her last name spelled backwards
• A simplified, reduced version, that was easier to acquire than the full eight-herb version, was a ‘four- herb’ formula frequently used by Rene up until she decided to close her clinic in 1942. During this time “Essiac” was given orally, but frequently combined with a single herb injection.
• In 1958, upon invitation to come out of retirement, Rene brought to Dr. Brusch's clinic in Massachusetts the years of experience and knowledge she had gained administering the herbal formulas. Subsequently, after revisiting previous research and finding remarkable results, Dr. Brusch partnered with Rene and they continued researching and administering variations of “Essiac.” Dr. Brusch knew that the Ojibwa Indians had not done anything by injection, and also that Rene had started with eight herbs, and it was discovered through years of applied research and his staff of 18 physicians that the eight herbs when prepared in a particular proportion and given orally were the most effective of all the Essiac variations including the renowned ‘four herb’ formula! They even tried to improve upon the tea blend with additional herbs but returned to the eight herbs as it proved to be the most beneficial.
Interestingly, the four main herbs are included within the eight-herb version, which was determined to be the most efficacious. It is also amazing how close the Ojibwa had come to this “perfected” formula – even their oral administration was a superior method