What Is Slippery Elm & What Benefits Can It Offer?

Published June 20, 2013

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Slippery Elm

What is Slippery Elm?

Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) is the inner bark derived from the slippery elm tree. Its name refers to the ‘slippery’ consistency of the inner bark when it is chewed or mixed with water. Slippery Elm was a popular remedy used by Native American tribes, and subsequently taken up by European settlers. It is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine as a demulcent or substance that has a soothing effect on mucous membranes, like the lining of the digestive tract. This demulcent effect is due to its high mucilage content which may help to soothe irritated or inflamed mucous surfaces.

Why does my body need Slippery Elm?

Our digestion is often the first thing to suffer when we are ill, stressed or eat something we shouldn’t have, which can result in a whole host of digestive complaints. The typical Western diet, high in processed foods, salt, fat, sugar, additives and preservatives may also wreak havoc on our digestive system. Slippery Elm may help to soothe inflammation or irritation of the digestive tract, including the stomach. When slippery elm powder is mixed with water to form a drink, it may also help to soothe the lining of the throat.

Where can I find Slippery Elm?

You can find Slippery Elm in Nature’s Own Digestive Soothe Slippery Elm 400mg.

Sourced: Braun L and Cohen M, Herbs and Natural Supplements – An Evidence Based Guide, Elsevier, Australia, 2007, p1100

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