Working with Slippery Elm
Slippery 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.
Conditions treated with Slippery Elm
The information given here is designed to help you make informed choices about your health. The information is drawn from numerous sources—both traditional medicine practice, from the clinical experience of many herbalists currently practicing, and supported by decades of scientific research from the author. The research most consulted includes human clinical trials that help to determine the most effective and safe herbs for various needs, the best doses, and types of preparations.
The information offered in this database is not intended as a substitute for any that may have been prescribed by your health practitioner or physician.