Slippery Elm is a well known soothing product. It provides mucilage
which has a soothing effect on anything it touches, so it may help to relieve
occasional digestive problems and other discomforts such as sore throats. The herb helps
to normalise elimination and is therefore used
for both diarrhoea and constipation.
It is a very gentle herb with a mild flavour, and very suitable for babies and
children in much smaller amounts, especially in cases of diarrhoea, but also
constipation and colic. (The capsules can be emptied into hot
boiled water and left to seep. Then filter through a coffee filter or other
suitable filter paper. The filtering is most important when the product is being given
in a babies bottle). Babies willing can also eat a slippery elm mixture rather
than a drink.
When mixed with water, mucilage is an easily digestible long chain of sugars
(polysaccharides) that make a slippery substance. This has a coating action
on the mucous membranes that line the system.
When slippery elm makes contact with inflamed
surfaces, its mucilage coats and soothes
the irritated tissues, helping to protect
them from injury and drawing out irritants
and toxic substances. It also helps to balane
the intestinal flora and reduce bowel transit
Slippery elm is also used during convalescence when at a low ebb to provide
needed support. It is rich in nutrients and easy to digest. It is a very
Historically, early American settlers used slippery elm as a survival
food. It is said that George Washington and his troops survived for several days on slippery elm
gruel during the bitter winter at Valley Forge.
It may also be used externally as a poultice on the skin for irritations and
inflamed wounds, providing a protective coating and soothing effect, but best
not to use it on ulcerations or sores producing pus.
See precautions below please.