Slippery Elm Herbal Remedies

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.

Slippery Elm Proper Dose

Slippery Elm Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Slippery Elm Reference Information

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.

Supporting Research

Newall, C. et al.. 1996. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press.

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Madaus, G. 1976. Lehrbuch der Biologischen Heilmittel. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag.

Bradley, P.R., ed. 1992. British Herbal Compendium. Dorset: British Herbal Medicine Association.

Kuts-Cheraux, A.W., ed. 1953. Naturae Medicina. Des Moines: American Naturopathic Physicians & Surgeons Association.

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