Flor•Essence Herbal Tea Blend
Flor Essence – A Remarkable Inheritance
From native tradition to the realm of
modern herbal dietary supplementation, few natural health formulas can
share such a worthy lineage:
The pioneers of this remarkable Story
Rene Cassie, R.N.
Dr. Charles Brusch, M.D.
Possibly the world's greatest herbal discovery was found in the small
town of Haileybury in northern Ontario. One night in 1922, at the local
hospital there, the head nurse, Rene Caisse, was making her rounds. She
met an elderly lady patient dying of old age who was being given a bath.
Rene noticed an unusual marking on her breast and spoke to her about
it. The woman told her the following story:
In the early 1890's she had come from England to be with her prospector
husband in northern Ontario, and one day she noticed a lump in her
breast. They were worried, so her husband spoke to the medicine man of
the local Ojibwa tribe, with whom he had made friends. The medicine man
suggested that the wife drink the tea that the Indians used for their
Being skeptical, they decided instead to travel by foot, canoe and
horse, to the general hospital in Toronto, 500 miles to the south, to
find out what the problem was. Once at the hospital, their worst fears
were confirmed. She did have the serious problem they suspected. As
usual the only recommended solution available was surgery. Keep in mind
that this was 1892. There were no other solutions offered.
Rene in a loving way persuaded the woman to pass the Indian remedy on to
her. She was given the names of 8 different herbs, which Rene wrote
down on a piece of paper and put it in her pocket. She didn't think of
it anymore until 2 years later, when her aunt had been diagnosed with a
major stomach growth. Her liver was involved too, and the specialists
had given up hope. Rene and her aunt's physician, Dr. Arnold Fisher,
decided to try the tea.
Rene gathered the herbs from the wild, or bought them from a supply
house, brewed the tea, and gave it to her aunt while the doctor
monitored. Her aunt's health turned around in two months and she was
declared free of the health challenge in every area of her body a year
later. She lived for another 20 years.
After this, Rene and Dr. Fisher started experimenting with the recipe,
as researchers will do, to make it the best it could be. They wanted to
find out which herb was the most effective, by injecting the individual
herbs into the muscle tissue. During this process they also discovered
that certain of the herbs needed to be taken orally to assist the
cleansing activity. This led to the development of a four-herb formula,
which always was administered as one herb by injection and three by
Over the next few decades, more and more people found out about the tea
and more and more seriously challenged patients were being sent to
Rene's clinic for help. Some of them did not survive, but many others
did, living another 15 to 20 years after the doctors had declared them
During these early years, the remedy, came to the attention of the
medical authorities. Twice Rene was almost arrested for practicing
medicine without a license. However, when the authorities with the
arrest warrants understood what she was doing, and that she was not
charging for her services, they went away without serving the warrants.
Rene also went to the Passavant hospital in Chicago where she treated
and helped 30 terminal people. The doctors who monitored her work there
concluded that Rene's solution prolonged life, relieved pain, and broke
down abnormal masses of tissue. Many petitions were signed, one of them
even garnering 55,000 names. She had support from people in all walks of
Nevertheless, in the end Rene's work was officially stopped by the
Canadian government in 1942. The Commission which looked at Rene's
product refused to approve her remedy without full disclosure of the
ingredients, and Rene was fearful of her remedy either disappearing or
being changed if she disclosed it. She had kept the formula secret, and
therefore was no longer permitted to help people. In 1958, she formed a
partnership with Dr. Charles Brusch of Cambridge, MA. He had been the
personal physician to President John F. Kennedy.
Dr. Brusch was a well-known and much respected physician, with degrees
in surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, and psychiatry. He was known
for his open mindedness about other treatment modalities, and for his
use of them in his clinic. When Rene and Dr. Brusch began their
partnership, he knew she had begun with eight herbs, and he also knew
that the Indians did not know about injections, so they perfected the
formula by bringing it as close as they could to the original 8 herbs
with which she had started in 1922. The partners worked on the blend to
make it as synergistically active as possible, so it could all be taken
orally just as the Indians had originally used it.
In 1978 Rene Caisse passed away at the age of 91, leaving the full
eight-herb formula they had developed, worked on, and perfected to her
partner Dr. Charles Brusch.In 1984, Dr. Brusch was interviewed by a
long-time radio producer and broadcaster, Elaine Alexander, who
broadcast out of Vancouver, Canada. Elaine aired programs on many
controversial alternative methods, including a couple on this herbal
The listener response to the programs on the tea, from people suffering
with some major health challenges, was massive. Over the next 2 years,
seven 2-hour programs were produced covering every aspect of this
incredible tea. Elaine and Dr. Brusch became friends. He was impressed
by her long research of the subject, and her genuine interest. In 1988,
they legally became partners, deciding to try to get this herbal
formulation out to the public as a tea rather than as a medicine.
The great demand created for this tea persuaded Elaine to look for an
herbal company with integrity to manufacture and distribute it for her.
In 1992 she was introduced to Flora Manufacturing & Distributing
Ltd., and signed a contract with them. Flora was well recognized and
respected for their stringent quality standards and state-of-the-art
technology. The manufacturing facility is certified by Quality Assurance
International, a third party organic certification agency. Flora also
has contracts with organic growers who supply the highest quality herbs,
which are guaranteed for purity and potency.
At this time many varieties of the four herbs formula were emerging on
the market, so to avoid confusion, the final formula, as developed and
expanded by Rene and Dr. Brusch was named Flor Essence Tea. This eight
herb Flor Essence tea is available at www.floressencetea.com in North America, and shipped too many countries around the world.
Research has shown that persons taking this tea experience many positive
results. A literature review conducted by the University of Texas
Center for Alternative Medicine Research (UT-CAM) identified 107
references on the principal herbs used in Flor Essence. Participants in
the University of Texas survey reported feeling and coping better, with
Recent clinical research conducted with the Russian Ministry of Health
revealed that Flor Essence Tea helps support the immune system. A study
conducted by the University of British Columbia in Canada found Flor
Essence Tea to possess powerful antioxidant properties.