Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm consists of the dried inner bark of Ulmus fulva. When mixed with boiling water it forms an abundance of mucilage that is soothing and healing to irritated or inflamed mucous membranes of the digestive tract.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR USE:

  • The mucilage is very nutritious and is useful as a convalescent food, it also softens bowel motions.

  • Externally Slippery Elm has a soothing and protective action on inflammation of the skin and sores.

  • Slippery Elm is frequently prescribed for inflammation and ulceration of the gastrointestinal tract e.g. oesophagitis, gastritis, colitis, gastric or duodenal ulcers and diarrhoea. It makes a good poultice for boils, minor wounds and burns.

© Vicki Martin, Nutrition and Herbal Technical Consultant, Healtheries of New Zealand Limited. Used with permission.


Edited by Roslyn Ballantyne December 2008 as Healtheries product no longer available. Please check when buying slippery elm that it is either pure or confirm the other ingredients as some preparations contain wheat flour etc. If the packaging does not have a dosage, check how much you should be giving at the time of purchase or with an appropriately qualified practitioner.

Disclaimer:
“Herbal and natural remedies for digestion, calming, breast-milk supply, depression etc, can be very effective in some cases, but a possible interaction with mainstream medications is often overlooked and can be harmful. Effectiveness of medications can be reduced or enhanced with unpredictable consequences. Please ensure all medications, natural or mainstream are prescribed/recommended/approved by a registered practitioner and administered using prescribed instructions. When discussing yours or your infant’s needs with your practitioner please ensure to mention all other treatments already being used.”