Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) has been used as an herbal remedy in North America for centuries. Slippery elm contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. It coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. It also contains antioxidants that help relieve inflammatory bowel conditions. Slippery elm also causes reflux stimulation of nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract leading to increased mucus secretion. this may protect the gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity. So it is thought that slippery elm is useful in relieving:
- sore throat
- Gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD)
- Crohn’s disease
- ulcerative colitis
- and other skin conditions (external).
For more information on the healing properties of this herb please visit our Herbal Information Pages.
Always be sure to research the possible side effects of any herb before beginning its use.
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