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The Incredible Healing Power Of Slippery Elm Bark

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Slippery Elm Bark Boasts Proven Healing Properties Over Centuries Of Use

Slippery elm is a medium sized tree that can reach over 50 feet in height. It has been a favorite herbal remedy used in North America (where it is native) for centuries. History shows that Native Americans used slippery elm bark to prepare healing salves and poultices for wounds, ulcers, burns, and skin irritations. It was also taken by mouth to help relieve sore throats, coughs, and aid in healing digestive tract issues.

Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) has a substance known as “mucilate”, which turns into a slick gel-like consistency when mixed with leaves and flower of slippery elmwater. Because of the gel consistency, it coats and has a soothing effect on the mouth, throat, and digestive tract. It is also nutritious, having antioxidants that can help ease inflammatory bowel issues. It causes the gastrointestinal tract to increase secretion of mucus, which is believed to help protect against ulcers and acidity.

Traditionally, slippery elm has been used for:

  • throat irritations
  • cough
  • reflux disease
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • diarrhea
  • external skin conditions (burns, psoriasis, wounds)

Here is a simple recipe for a slippery elm and chamomile poultice that can be used to help relieve any kind of painful swelling.

Mix two tablespoons each of slippery elm powder and dried chamomile flowers. Slowly add hot water while stirring to a paste-like consistency. Wrap the warm paste in a light cotton cloth, and place on the affected area for a half hour or so.

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