Scientific Name: Ulmus rubra
Origin: United States
Unlike many herbs, Slippery Elm Bark has a relatively short history. First discovered by Native Americans in the 18th century, people quickly picked up on its abilities to help heal wounds, ulcers and inflammation. Throughout the years, it’s even become a common remedy for sore throats, coughs, heartburn and upset stomach. That’s because, in addition to its many nutrients like Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Beta-Carotene and Vitamin C, it also contains a component known as mucilage. This slick substance forms a gel when mixed with water, allowing it to soothe pains associated with mouth, throat and stomach ailments.
A main ingredient in Essiac Tea, a popular cancer fighting remedy, Slippery Elm Bark is widely popular amongst those adhering to a Vegan diet. Its ability to impart flavor into teas, porridges and even lozenges makes it an ideal addition to the day; especially, when one is feeling a bit under the weather. There’s no need to change your diet, however, as everyone is sure to enjoy this healthful and flavorful herb any time of day.
With a number of naturally soothing compounds, Slippery Elm Bark Powder offers a mucilage effect that can assist with a number of digestion-related issues. Able to coat the lining of the stomach and intestines, it may relieve pain and inflammation associated with ulcers, heartburn, and other disorders of the gastrointestinal system. It also stimulates nerve endings to improve overall digestion and boost the absorption of certain nutrients.
These same soothing effects make Slippery Elm Bark Powder a beneficial ally for the skin. Able to stimulate the healing of cuts, scrapes, and other wounds, it can also ease symptoms of pain and inflammation often associated with these conditions. When applied to the affected area, it can even minimize inflammation and redness, while acting as a protective barrier against further infection.
Through its ability to help improve digestion, Slippery Elm Bark Powder is also of great benefit to those on a diet or looking to reduce overall body fat levels. It does this by increasing the metabolic rate, reducing cholesterol levels, and mediating inflammation throughout the body. This allows for nutrients to be better utilized by our various systems—thus increasing energy levels and promoting proper muscle growth.
An excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, including phytonutrients, Slippery Elm Bark Powder can help the body in a number of other ways as well. A natural stress reliever, it reduces feelings of depression and anxiety; alleviates symptoms of IBS, constipation, diarrhea, and other conditions of the bowels; and reduces issues of bloating, gas, and abdominal inflammation.
The recommended dosage for Slippery Elm Bark is 1 teaspoon per day, if ingesting. You can slowly increase that amount if needed.
- If utilizing externally, it can be mixed with water and other complimentary compounds to help treat wounds, burns, and sores on the skin.
- Some even praise its ability as a lubricant during natural childbirth and other procedures.
- We suggest steeping it in hot water, alongside honey and lemon, for a refreshing and highly beneficial tea.
First discovered by the American Indians, Slippery Elm Bark received its name from the gummy substance it creates when mixed with water. A natural antiseptic, this eventually led to its use as a soothing ointment, as it was easy to create and produce just about anywhere. When English settlers arrived on the shores, they too became enamored with its fascinating presence. Employing it to treat everything from coughs to burns, it became an increasingly important element of colonial medicine. This rang true even more so during times of war, as it was commonly used to treat gunshot wounds and as an inexpensive and transportable source of nutrition. Today, it continues to be utilized in a variety of natural remedy applications—especially as they relate to intestinal issues and digestion. When in whole form, the tree is also sourced for its timber and durable fibers.
If stored correctly, our Slippery Elm Bark Powder has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.