Rene M. Caisse was fastidious about the
proper preparation of Essiac. In 1977, thirty years after Rene retired, she finally entrusted the formula to then Lieutenant Governor Pauline McGibbon. A year before her death on December 26, 1978, Rene gave the recipe to
the Toronto-based Resperin Company.
Mary McPherson was well acquainted with Rene and
assisted her in the Cancer Clinic from 1935 to 1978. During the later
years of Rene's practice, Mary was responsible for the preparation of the Essiac
under Rene's supervision. In a sworn affidavit made on December 23, 1994,
Mary wrote down her friendís
recipe and entrusted it to the Town of Bracebridge for safe keeping.
6 Ĺ cups cut up
1 pound powdered
ľ cup powdered
Slippery Elm Bark
1 ounce powdered
Turkish Rhubarb Root
Mix the ingredients thoroughly
and store in a glass jar in a dark dry cupboard.
Measure 1 ounce of the herb
mixture and mix with 21 ounces of water.
Cover and boil hard for 10
Turn off the heat but leave
the covered pot sitting on a warm plate overnight.
In the morning, heat to
steaming hot and let settle for a few minutes.
Filter through a fine strainer
into hot, sterilized bottles.
Store in a dark, cool
Refrigerate after opening.
Woodchester Villa does not endorse or
promote the use or sale of Essiac. Information available on this
web site and at the museum is presented in a historical context only.
Woodchester Villa cannot give medical advice. The use of Essiac should
be discussed with your health care professional(s).
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