For centuries, Slippery Elm has been a powerful Native American herbal remedy. It has now become one of the staples in the cabinets of many of those who rely on natural healing remedies, used to treat many different ailments. We are constantly learning of new uses for this valuable, natural remedy.
What is Slippery Elm?
Slippery Elm is a spreading tree native to North America. The fissured bark has a gummy texture and a slight odor. The dried and powdered inner bark is the part of the tree used for medicinal purposes. Slippery Elm is available in capsules, tablets or lozenges. The finely powdered bark is used as a tea. Poulices are made from coarsely powdered bark. It is generally regarded to be a safe natural treatment when properly used.
Health Benefits of Slippery Elm
One of the most common uses for slippery elm is to relieve coughs and soothe sore throats. This is because the gummy-feeling bark contains mucilage that soothes and coats the throat, stomach and intestines. The bark also contains antioxidants that are helpful for diarrhea and other stomach issues by reducing inflammation. Slippery Elm may also help to prevent ulcers and reduce excess stomach acid. Many have found it useful for GERD, Crohn’s disease, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Used externally as a poultice, Slippery Elm is used to treat small wounds and burns, boils, psoriasis and other skin problems.
Slippery elm should not be taken if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
If you have used Slipper Elm, please let us know how it worked for you.