Information on Slippery Elm

Latin NameUlmus rubra
Other NamesElm bark
Part UsedBark
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, lozenge, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsDigestive system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoSlippery elm is a large tree of the eastern hardwood forests that grows to sixty feet high. The inner bark is harvested to make medicinal tea and other preparations.
DescriptionSlippery elm is a mucilaginous herb used internally to soothe duodenal ulcers, gastritis, chronic diarrhea, sore throats, and coughs. Slippery elm lozenges are excellent to ease a sore throat or relieve any irritation or inflammation of the digestive tract. It is applied locally for wounds, abscesses, and burns. Slippery elm is made into a gruel for convalescence. Some modern herbalists suggest replacing slippery elm with marshmallow root, as slippery elm is becoming scarce.
To make a cold infusion, soak 1 ounce of the shredded bark in 1 pint of cool water until a mucilaginous gel is formed. Use this preparation by the cupful as a soothing drink.

Slippery Elm has a taste of SWEET and a temperature of NEUTRAL.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Slippery Elm

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Diarrheasoothing, nourishingtea, capsule, tincture
Ulcer, duodenalsoothing demulcenttea, tincture, capsule
Whooping coughdemulcent, antitussivetea
Throat, sore--acutesoothing demulcenttea, lozenge
Convalescence, from long-term illnessnourishing tonictea, tincture, capsule
Hoarsenessdemulcenttea, lozenge

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