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Our Herbal Expertise

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:

  • herbalists
  • nutritional consultants
  • homeopaths
  • naturopathic doctors
  • veterinarians
  • 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.

Why Some Sellers/Marketers “Make Claims” About Their Products

Look hard enough around the internet and you will find some sellers of herbal products making claims about the efficacy of their product. “Our product cures XYZ!” “Use our product and you’ll never suffer from ABC again!” And so on.

At the root of this practice is the desire to sway potential customers to buying their product, which is usually produced in bulk and left on warehouse shelves to grow stale and lose whatever efficacy it may have had in the first place.

Beware marketing tactics like this! For one thing, it is against federal law to make claims of this nature. But that’s not the only hazard. Read More »

What is Essiac Tea?

otlEssiac. What a funny-looking word! Who made that up, and what in the world is “essiac” tea anyway?

This blend of tea has its origins in a mining community in Canada. A nurse by the name of Rene Caisse (pronounced reen case) was working there in the early 1900s. She found that a miner’s wife, who had been suffering from a serious illness, was seemingly cured after taking an old Native American herbal recipe given by an “old Indian medicine man.”

Caisse experimented with this herbal blend, and she soon found that it seemed to promote wellness in her patients. Many of her patients reported feeling more healthy, and some living with terminal illness reported that the tea made their condition more bearable.

Nurse Caisse gave the formula the name essiac (pronounced ess-ee-ack), which is her own last name spelled backward.

So what’s in essiac tea?

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Allergies: Part 7 of 7

Allergen Isolation

240708922_b40e48ae15_mIsolation from the allergen is another accepted approach. If you are allergic to a particular area, you may be advised to move. Many people have changed occupations, broken social and family ties, and relocated, only to discover that the new area is loaded with new and different allergens. The isolation approach seems to be the ultimate in trying to run away from the environment, rather than balancing the immune system so the body can coexist in harmony.

Even if it were possible to place the allergic sufferer in a completely sterile environment, this would not correct the real problem – the body’s abnormal reaction to a normally harmless substance.

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