Slippery elm is a natural herbal remedy that can be used to treat a variety of ailments. The homeopathic remedy has been used for centuries to promote the healing of open wounds, treat skin conditions, and provide soothing relief for a sore throat.
Slippery elm is available in a variety of forms. Wounds and open sores are treated with a slippery elm salve created from the bark of the slippery elm tree. The powder is mixed with warm water to form a thick paste that is rubbed on the sore or wound. It is also useful to treat joint pain, bruising, and inflammation as well.
Lozenges are used to soothe a sore throat and can help cure a hoarse voice. Cold symptoms are minimized with slippery elm lozenges. Slippery elm tea is also used to treat cold and cough issues. Slippery elm tea is derived from the bark of the slippery elm. It is available in loose or bag form. The tea is easily prepared with boiling water. Slippery elm tea is also a fast acting solution to some digestive problems.
The capsule or tablet form of slippery elm is used to treat digestive problems, including GERD. Chrone’s disease and colitis may also be treated with slippery elm capsules, although you should always speak with a medical professional before using any herbal remedy.
The slippery elm tree has a unique coating property that produces a thick mucous. The mucous creates a protective lining along the intestinal tract promoting a healthier, more comfortable digestive process. Slippery elm can help alleviate diarrhea, constipation and stomachaches.
When using any herb, keep in mind that it is possible to trigger side effects, and it is possible that it will have an interaction with other herbs, supplements, or medicines that you may be taking. You should contact your doctor or medical care provider before taking any herbal remedy.