Slippery Elm (Ulmus Rubra) is an American deciduous tree, where it grows to over 50 feet tall.
The stem is covered with a dark-brown, rough, furrowed outer bark and a whitish, aromatic inner bark. It is the inner bark (not the whole bark) that is used medicinally.
When Slippery Elm bark comes into contact with liquids it begins to turn the liquid into a gel, which has numerous medicinal properties. The fibrous gel that is secreted by the bark has a very soothing effect on the bowel and throat, it expands and coats these areas of the body, cooling inflamed membranes.
When Slippery Elm bark comes into contact with liquids it begins to turn the liquid into a gel and has numerous medicinal properties.
uses included making a tea from the bark for sore throats and gastrointestinal complaints.
Pregnant women take slippery elm powder two or three weeks before going into labour to facilitate an easier birth.
PRECAUTION - Pregnant women should consult a medical herblist before using this ingredient.
BENIFITS: There are a number of actions that contribute to Slippery Elm being a very useful herbal remedy for bowel complaints. The effects the bark has on the body in various applications are thought to be demulcent, emollient, nutrient, bulk laxative and prebiotic.
Analysis of the inner bark of Slippery Elm by Gene Spiller in 1981 revealed a unique collection of water-soluble and water-insoluble fibres as well as polysaccharides, tannins and lignin. The fibrous gel that is secreted by the bark has a very soothing effect on the bowel and throat, it expands and coats these areas of the body, cooling inflamed membranes.
Modern herbalism imparts the properties for Slippery Elm as being a good remedy for IBS, gastro-oesophageal reflux, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids and inflammation of the respiratory tract. Research has also shown that Slippery Elm could also help in replacing beneficial bacteria to the intestine as well as externally as a topical treatment for boils, abscesses, small cuts, abrasions and burns.
For convenience and to achieve a smooth mixture use a sports drinks bottle with a wire spiral mixing ball.