Essiac tea is a dietary supplement that is made from a number of herbal ingredients. Back in the day, it only made use of four ingredients. But with commercialization, it is now available as an 8-herb concoction, with the incorporation of pine bark extract.
One of its original components of this health drink is burdock, which has been long regarded as a blood purifier. It belongs to a group of biennial thistles native to African, Asian and European countries. They are characterized by dark green leaves, hollow stalks, and their large, ovate and coarse head. But what is most important to tea creation is its root. Alone, burdock root is said to be able to neutralize and eliminate poisons through its niacin content and contribute in taking out toxins from the body. They have also have been believed to provide a positive effect on the liver and urinary system and is considered to be a great source of minerals, specifically iron.
Slippery elm is another important ingredient of the Essiac tea and is quite popular for its healing and soothing properties. Aside from being able to reduce inflammation, this particular plant was also found to be quite helpful in taming the digestive track. Also known as the Red Elm, Soft Elm and Indian Elm, this species is well distributed in eastern regions of North America, including Maine, Quebec, North Dakota and some parts of Texas and Florida.
Rhubarb root is the third main constituent of the Essiac. And as a herbal supplement, the rhubarb is used to relieve constipation, lower blood sugar and promote urination. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial elements, which makes it quite popular among households. But what really makes it stand out is its water content and strong, tarty flavor, which explains its wide application in the culinary scene. To such extent, it is used to create jams and pies and are even eaten as dried candies.
The fourth primary ingredient of essiac tea is sheep sorrel. This perennial weed is commonly found growing in Eurasia as well as the northern hemisphere, particularly in the British Isles and Northern America. They are a usual sight in woodlands, fields, marshes, and grasslands as they prefer moist soil. They are described as having arrow-shaped leaves and red-tinted ridged stems, which explains thier other designation – red sorrel. Like rhubarb, these plants are also useful when it comes to cooking and adds a nice tangy, tarty taste to salads and cheeses. For the most part, they are believed to have antioxidant properties. But these may not be as strong as other components.
Now, some manufacturers add watercress, red clove, blessed thistle and kelp to the mixture so as to make it more healthful. Others incorporate pine bark extract to provide a healthy supply of bioflavonoids to drinkers. You might want to check labels before you buy though so you know what you’re getting. But so far, every modification available is set to help better your system, in one way…