Slippery Elm: (Ulmus rubra)

Slippery elm is often used in the treatment of inflamed digestive conditions such as colitis, diarrhea, duodenal ulcers, enteritis and gastritis.

Slippery ElmInflammatory bowel issues, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) may well benefit with the treatment of its bark, according to recent research.

The lining of the urinary tract may be soothed by slippery elm powder and may aid in the relief of uncomfortable and irritating symptoms. However, more research is required.

As a moderate diuretic, it aids in the production of urine and the elimination of waste from the body.

It also may soothe coughs, colds and sore throats and is an ingredient of some cough lozenges and cough syrups.

In a poultice, it treats abscesses, boils, minor burn and wounds.

It is a demulcent – an oily or mucilaginous substance that soothes irritated tissue, especially mucous membranes.

Native Americans found innumerable medicinal and other uses for this tree. Canoes, baskets, and other household goods were made from the tree and its bark.  Also also used internally for everything from sore throats to diarrhea.

The mucilage of slippery elm gives it the soothing effect for which it is known.

The bark contains a host of other constituents, but the carbohydrates that comprise the mucilage are the most important. When the bark is mixed with water, it generates a sticky material known as mucilage, which is therapeutic and soothing to anything it touches.

The Slippery Elm tree:

The tree is native to North America, where it still primarily grows. The inner bark of the tree provides the greatest therapeutic benefit. Also called Indian elm or Red elm.


Two or more tablets or capsules (typically 400–500 mg each) can be taken three to four times per day. A tea, three to four cups a day, Tincture, 5 ml three times per day.

The inner bark is the only part used for therapeutic purposes.


This herb is quite safe. However, because it is so mucilaginous, it may interfere with the absorption of medicine taken at the same time.

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