Slippery Elm is an age old herbal remedy and has many uses. As the name suggests, it comes from an Elm tree indigenous to North America. The inner bark from the tree is ground into a powder and commonly sold as is or in capsules.
Slippery Elm is a demulcent, meaning it creates a soothing film over the mucous membranes when irritated or inflamed.
These anti-inflammatory properties make this an easy preparation to assist with digestive and stomach disorders by coating the stomach and intestines. Slippery Elm is naturally high in fibre and has been known to assist suffers of heart burn, constipation, cystitis, and urinary tract infections, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, and diverticulitis. Follow the instructions on the packet if making a paste with the powder or using capsules for volume and quantities.
Again the anti-inflammatory and demulcent properties of Slippery Elm can help soothe a sore throat, coughs and can assist with colds and flu. The powder can be made into a paste and taken orally or you can be more adventurous and make pastilles with raw honey. You can add other herbs such as licorice, astragalus or ashwaganda. Slipper Elm on its own is a powerhouse of nutrients including bio-flavinoids, vitamin B1, B2, B3, vitamin c, vitamin e, calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium and selenium.
Slippery Elm can also be used topically on the skin for inflammations and burns. A salve can be any soothing balm, ointment or cream used to apply topically. You can do this by making a paste as above and applying as needed.
If taking Slippery Elm internally, is best taken for short periods of time and is not intended as an ongoing or long-term treatment, and is in no way meant to replace medical advice from your Naturopath or GP.
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