Today, our Staff Writer & Managing Editor Diana Williamson discusses how the gentle herb slippery elm can benefit you.
Slippery elm bark is native to North America and grows wild in the Appalachian mountains. The bark is collected from trees over ten years old and then made into powder for medicinal use.
It’s a very helpful herb that should be heralded and utilized more in the medical field due to its potent yet gentle healing qualities. It can be used to treat all ages from infants to the elderly.
One of the best attributes of slippery elm is that it calms and heals the stomach and intestines, sometimes within hours of ingestion. It also gets along with many other herbs, it doesn’t need to showboat. Many people take it for three to six months for maximum effect, because there are no known long term side effects.
Once one identifies the root cause of inflammation in the stomach, such as the great amounts of sugar one eats in the American diet, slippery elm goes in and helps to reduce the inflammation. Many studies show it’s helpful to cut out dairy and gluten as well, while taking slippery elm three times a day, to heal a variety of stomach ailments.
This herb has been known to be helpful in treating coughs, sore throat, colitis, IBS, diverticulitis, ulcers in the stomach and intestines, hemorrhoids, syphilis, herpes, expelling tapeworms and urinary infections. It can also be used as a poultice to help with drawing out toxins and to soothe burns.
It is suggested that it is best to take the capsules with food but you can take the tea at any time. If you are taking medications it’s recommended that you take it a couple hours away from each other so the slippery elm doesn’t interfere with absorption.
It is not recommended if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.