“Why do some essiac herbs vary in color and flavor from batch to batch?”
We get this question a fair amount, and it’s usually accompanied by customers worrying about the quality of their tea. Generally it’s along the lines of:
- Is there something wrong with my batch?
- Is this order less efficacious than the last order I got?
- Have the herbs gone rotten or rancid somehow?
- Are the herbs safe?
- Are there different herbs in this order?
First of all, allow us to assure you that the herbs are safe, and our formula remains the same as it’s always been. We follow the original 4-herb formula as described by nurse Rene Caisse. (More details here and here!)
So what’s going on? Why do some batches of the essiac herbs have different colors and/or flavors? Read More
If you look through our online store, you’ll see that we offer our essiac in a variety of forms. We have:
- Loose leaf herbs
- Pre-brewed tea in bottles
- Essiac extract/tonic
Which form is right for you?
First of all, all three of these forms are the same product. We use the original, 4-herb essiac formula that nurse Rene Caisse used. While it’s true that she experimented with an 8-herb formula, she always came back to these same four original herbs as being the most efficacious.
These herbs are:
- Sheep sorrel
- Burdock root
- Slippery Elm bark
- Turkey (or Indian) Rhubarb
All three forms of our tea include these constituents, and so all three are equally effective. Whichever form you choose, you’ll get the same results.
Now that that’s out of the way, which one is the right choice for you? Let’s look at the details for each. Read More
Our company owner, Michelle Kalevik, is a master herbalist. (Looking for more details? Sure you are! Read all about the Tea Lady.)
Michelle is responsible for producing the Ojibwa Tea of Life product, our original 4-herb Rene Caisse blend of essiac tea.
In addition, we work with an array of other professionals in complimentary fields. These include:
- nutritional consultants
- naturopathic doctors
- health care practitioners
These partners are familiar with how natural formulas may be a helpful adjunct to one’s health and wellness.
Watch out for other companies who offer “testimonials” or otherwise make claims about the suitability of their product to cure a given disease. As we mentioned previously, health is not a one-size-fits-all deal. Companies who are more concerned with making money than they are with providing actual benefit to their customers will say anything they believe will help them make a sale. In many cases they may not even be qualified to address those health concerns!
We at Ojibwa Tea of Life highly value ethics. Although we have quite a depth of knowledge regarding herbs and wellness, we recognize that we cannot diagnose an individual’s health issues. We will, therefore, often refer customers to healthcare professionals, clinics, and other resources that are better suited to offer individual health consultations.
Many other essiac sellers offer less expensive, “discounted” essiac. Buyer beware! In order to offer such lower prices, these other sellers must sacrifice the quality and efficacy of their herbs.
It is a trivial matter to purchase from a large supply house and re-package herbs that have already been blended. Anyone can do that! As the customer, it’s important that you consider that many other marketers lack training and experience in wellness, herbology, and nutrition. Otherwise, they would know better than to use an inferior quality of any herb or nutritional product!
Contrast that with our owner/herbalist’s credentials. Be aware that there is a significant difference between “just selling” herbs, and having the background and the depth of knowledge and training to produce a superior product.
As we mentioned in a previous post, Ojibwa Tea of Life has specifically chosen not to purchase herbs from bulk warehouses, where the herbs have been sitting stagnant for weeks or months. By and large, other essiac sellers do use these types of facility. They also frequently offer herbs that have not been grown or packaged in such a way as to maximize their health benefits.
Our mission is to provide the best quality herbs we can, because our top priority is the health of our customers. Our herbs arrive every other week, fresh from our suppliers. These include growers, wildcrafters and farms. They are then packaged and prepared at a facility that is a cGMP, FDA Cleanroom, certified kosher and organic.