Slippery Elm Bark Herbal Tincture

Slippery elm bark (ulmus fulva)

Slippery elm bark has many common names: American elm, Indian elm, red elm, moose elm, sweet elm, rock elm, and winged elm. Slippery elm is a very safe herb and can be taken by infants, by women during pregnancy, as well as by the elderly. The inner bark is the portion that is used for medicinal purposes. Slippery elm can be taken internally as well as externally and has many soothing and softening properties.

Slippery elm is used widely for sore throats and respiratory problems. It protects, neutralizes, and buffers mucous membranes when taken internally. This helps to soothe scratchy and raw sore throats. Slippery elm has anti-inflammation and anti-irritant properties which relieve dry and irritated passage ways during the cold and flu season. Slippery elm also works as an expectorant. It increases bronchial secretion which loosens up mucous along the throat. This decreases the viscosity of sputum and aids the body in removing phlegm. Slippery elm is recommended for the following lung conditions: asthma, bronchitis, sore throats, coughs, hoarseness, tonsillitis, pleurisy, lung bleeding, and leukorrhea.

Lozenge recipe: Take some locally grown honey and mix it with slippery elm powder till it makes a thick paste. Add 1-5 drops of peppermint oil to taste. Put in a container with a lid and store it in the fridge. Eat by the spoonful 2-4 times daily until sore throat subsides.

Slippery elm bark is also good for the GI tract. It neutralizes acidity, protects, and coats mucous membranes along the GI tract. Slippery elm buffers damaged, inflamed, and irritated wall linings of the stomach and intestinal tract. Slippery elm alleviates ulcers and hyperacidity conditions, naturally.

It has been thought for many years that ulcers are caused by stress. Recently however, it has been discovered that ulcers are not "caused" by stress. Research has shown that the main cause of ulcers is a bacteria called H. pylori. This bacteria is found naturally in everyone's GI tract. The problem occurs when the body's immune system is weakened to the point that it can no longer keep the bacteria in check and the bacteria spreads out of control until it begins to eat away the mucosal lining of the GI tract and eventually produces symptoms.

Stress can be both good and bad for us. When we confront a physical or emotional problem, stress is good because it helps us to meet the challenge before us. But, stress can be bad for our health when the same stressors occur over and over and begin to tax the body's ability to cope and adapt to change. (Like paying bills each month, a difficult boss, spouse, etc.) When under chronic stress you never completely relax; your muscles become tense, energy is drained, and both your body and mind become fatigued. You become more susceptible to ulcers, infection, colds, etc.

Here is an excellent recipe for ulcers and other GI disturbance problems: Take equal parts of slippery elm, marshmallow root (both of these herbs soothe and buffer the stomach and GI tract), comfrey (improves digestion), echinacea (fights off infection), and cayenne capsules (acts as a stimulant and magnifies healing properties of the herbs). Many people use honey, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger to naturally flavor herbal remedies.

Slippery elm bark has a lot of life sustaining nutrients. It contains sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, iodine, copper, zinc, phosphorus, bromine, manganese, and vitamins E, F, K, and P. Slippery elm is especially good for people who are sick and have a hard time keeping food down. Slippery elm can actually sustain life for quite some time. For this reason it is used for patients who have cancer and other wasting diseases. Ginseng can be added to slippery elm to boost the patient's energy level. It is so gentle that slippery elm stays down while most every thing else is vomited as well as providing the nutrition needed to sustain life.

Slippery elm is indicated for the following: indigestion, nausea, cramps, ulcers, colitis, gastritis, GI hyperacidity, digestive problems, kidney problems, diarrhea, constipation, wasting diseases, and cancer. It also aids in the digestion of milk.

Because slippery elm softens, soothes, neutralizes, and removes inflammation from skin, it can be used externally as well. It works great for diaper rash, burns, eczema, hemorrhoids, boils, sores, and wounds. Just mix slippery elm in some water to make a thick paste and apply it directly on the affected area.
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