Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm is a species of deciduous elm tree native to North America’s eastern states.

Slippery Elm: Latin name: (Genus) Ulmus; (Species) U. rubra.

Traditionally, Slippery Elm has been used to soothe the digestive tract, duodenum and stomach, as it forms a protective barrier which helps neutralise damaging stomach acids.

Indeed, herbalists today indicate Slippery Elm as both a demulcent and an emollient, and recommend it in particular to treat stomach and duodenal ulcers and intestinal inflammation.

Also to relieve colic and other gastrointestinal irritations, including the effects of inflammatory bowel syndrome.

Of note is that Slippery Elm has also been used externally, in particular 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.

For further information on the properties and use of Slippery Elm we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.