Slippery Elm is a species of elm tree that has been used as an herbal remedy in North America for hundreds of years. It is extremely versatile, providing relief from a number of ailments, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and sore throats. Slippery Elm is also known as Ulmus fulma, Red Elm, Sweet Elm, Moose Elm, Indian Elm, Gray Elm, and Soft Elm.. It can be very soothing for treating indigestion as well as, treating colitis, irritable bowel disease (IBS) and Crohn’s disease. As its name implies, this lubricating and nutritious herb coats irritated areas, allowing the body to heal itself. Herbalists use it in cough medicines for scratchy, raw, sore throats and mouth irritations. Singers like to use it before performances. As the name implies, it works for anything you wish to “slip” out…easily.
Slippery Elm Bark is known to reduce inflammation of the intestinal tract. In this regard, it is pacifying to the Pitta dosha soothing the inflamed mucous membranes of the bowel and neutralizing excess acids in the intestines, which makes it beneficial for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, diverticulosis and irritable bowel syndrome. It has also been used to ease constipation and chronic diarrhea. One of its oldest uses has been as a tonic for the digestive tract, its high mucilage content soothes the inflamed mucous membranes of the stomach and neutralizes excess stomach acid, making it a great remedy for the digestive system. It is said to soothe the sore feeling that often follows vomiting. Herbalists have used it as a remedy for ulcers and gastritis.
Slippery Elm Bark generally reduces inflammation and is useful for soothing the mucous membranes of the urinary tract and easing the inflammation of aching joints.
Midwives have used Slippery Elm Bark to lubricate and ease childbirth. Slippery Elm Bark is a highly nutritious food product. It is good for babies as a nutritive and also benefits those babies who are unable to digest milk products. And because it is so soothing and easily digested, it is one of the few foods that will stay in a cancerous or ulcerated stomach when nothing else will and is also beneficial for invalids and those recovering from illness or who have wasting diseases.
Slippery Elm Bark works with the body drawing out impurities and toxins and has been a longtime treatment for cuts, bruises, wounds, burns and also to relieve inflammed or itchy skin.
Slippery Elm is included in our Throat Lozenges
Ingredients: Slippery Elm Bark, Distilled Water, 50% Alcohol.
Instructions: Use 6-12 drops in juice, water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
Contraindications: People with known allergies to elm bark should avoid Slippery Elm Bark. Other medications should be taken at a different time, because the herb’s high mucilage content may interfere with their absorption.