Also known as Indian Elm, Moose Elm, Red Elm, and Sweet Elm
History: Slippery Elm is a very versatile tree that was used by Native Americans and was later adopted by colonists. Both Native Americans and American Revolutionary soldiers used the bark of the tree to create a type of oatmeal to eat. Medicinally, powdered Slippery Elm bark was mixed with water to make a healing slime that was used to reduce swelling, take venom out of a bite or a sting, and treat sore throats and farm worker chaffing.
Modern Uses: Slippery elm inner bark contains bioflavonoids, calcium, mucilage, starch, tannins, and vitamin E. With very high amounts of mucilage, Slippery elm helps improve digestion and works with the body to draw out impurities and toxins, assisting with a herbal detox. Slippery elm’s tonic, coating action soothes irritated tissues of the intestines, colon, urinary tract, respiratory tract, and stomach. Slippery elm barks mucilage is a type of soluble fiber. When combined with water it forms a thick and slippery gel. This demulcent, healing, and soothing gel-like mucilage have many health benefits including: sore throat, cough, inflamation of the urinary system. The soluble fiber in Slippery elm also helps regulate blood sugar level and cholesterol