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 and other discomforts such as sore throats.
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. It comes in capsule form as well and this may be the
better one to use for babies and children. The capsule can be emptied into hot
boiled water and left to seep. Then filtered through a coffee filter or other
suitable filter paper. The filtering is important if the product is being given
in a babies bottle.
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 surface it touches.
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. George Washington and his troops apparently 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.
Common names Red elm, moose elm, indian elm.
Each nutrient in this formula has been carefully
selected to provide maximum nutrition.
See precautions below please.