This is a quick and easy way to make a small batch of essiac tea. This recipe makes about 1 liter or just a tad over a quart. When making small batches, sterility is less of a concern as the tea will most likely be used before it spoils. However if you are making a larger batch, or want to mix your own herbs, see this page for more info.


What you need

  • 1/2 oz. or 14g of essiac tea herbs. Herbs shown are from starwest botanicals
  • 2 500ml bottles of water or measure out 1 liter of purified water
  • Stainless Steel Pot & Lid
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Quart Jar or other suitable glass container with lid


Making the Tea

  1. Pour the 2 bottles of water into the pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add herbs and cook at a low rolling boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Move the pot off the burner. With your clean spoon scrape the herbs from the side of the pot and stir
  4. Put the lid on and leave it for 8-12 hours
  5. After 8-12 hours, bring the pot to a low simmer, do not boil. Stir with your clean spoon then remove from heat.
  6. Let the herbs settle a bit, and the carefully pour the tea into your clean quart jar and put the lid on. If you are careful you can get away with not using a funnel or strainer, just pour slowly and try to avoid pouring the sediment with the liquid.
  7. Store in the refrigerator

This will make around 16 2oz. doses and will keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks as long as you use clean utensils. Clean everything with hot soapy water right before using.


  • If it boils a little when reheating it’s still good. Next time try not to let it get past the point where it just begins to simmer.
  • If you leave it to steep for a few hours too long it’s still good. No longer than 18 hrs. though