The health benefits of the Slippery Elm herb have been well known especially in traditional Native American communities for centuries. They used slippery elm bark both for food and medicine. They used soaked slippery elm bark as a natural bandage, as food preservers, and as ingredients for porridge or gruel.
Slippery Elm is a tree that is usually found in areas of the United States and Canada. The tree can usually reach a height of 60 feet.
This inner bark of the slippery elm produces large mucilage cells or gummy substance surrounding the fibers. When these substances are exposed to air and water, they transform into thick jelly-like substances.
The mucilage in the slippery elm bark is the constituent that imparts the healing properties. It is known to relieve inflammation and throat irritation. It is also known to relieve urinary tract infection. Slippery elm poultices are also used to treat itchy, inflamed, or irritated skin as well as cuts, scrapes, scratches, and minor burns.
Slippery Elm is an ingredient of Essiac tea, a blend of 4 to 8 different herbs which is a common cancer treating alternative, and used for other health conditions too.
To make slippery elm tea, dissolve about 15 grams of ground slippery elm bark in a 240 ml cup of hot water.
As with most herbs, it is best to consult first with your physicians before trying out slippery elm tea herbal remedy.
The health benefits attributed to slippery elm tea are beneath:
- May aid in fighting cough, sore throat, bronchitis and lung problems.
- Said to help counter excessive acidity in the stomach.
- Claimed to help in treating diarrhea, ulcers, gastritis and esophagitis.
- May assist in treating indigestion and constipation.
- Thought to help in fighting dysentery.
- Appears to help treat psoriasis.
- Known to be an effective diuretic.
- Seems to help in softening and soothing the skin.