Latin name: (Genus) Ulmus; (Species) U. rubra.
Slippery Elm is a species of deciduous elm tree native to North America's eastern states.
Traditionally Slippery Elm has been used to soothe the digestive tract, duodenum and stomach, forming a protective barrier which helps neutralize damaging stomach acids and ulcers.
Herbalists today indicate Slippery Elm for its use as a demulcent, emollient, expectorant, and diuretic, and in particular to treat stomach and duodenal ulcers and intestinal inflammation; also to soothe sore throats, coughs and chest infections; to relieve colic and other gastrointestinal irritations; and to relieve the effects of inflammatory bowel conditions.
Externally Slippery Elm has been used as a salve to treat burns, scolds, grazes, cold sores, sunburn and other minor skin irritations.
Directions for use: To make a tea mix a teaspoon of Earthfare Slippery Elm Powder to a paste with a little warm water before adding boiling water and stirring well. You might wish to add a little honey to sweeten. Alternatively, just add water to make a pleasant-tasting, nutritious, high-fibre cereal. Also mixes well in porridge.