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Benefits And Use Of Slippery Elm

Benefits And Use Of Slippery Elm

There are hundreds and thousands of remedies gifted to us by nature. These remedies have no side effects unlike the medicines we use.

Similarly, slippery elm is no exception. It is a tree which provides natural remedies for different intense diseases. Slippery elm is basically known as Ulmus rubra or fulva. North America has been using the inner bark of the slippery elm for a very long time, almost since centuries. The inner bark consists of mucilage which has a thick slimy substance. This slimy substance when mixed water creates a solution which is then used to heal many diseases.

This substance is mostly and commonly used by the Native Americans to use it as the one of the best and effective healing solution. They mainly used it for healing the sores, wounds and symptoms of flu and GI issues. Now scientists have discovered many different healing solutions while using the slippery elm. It is even used to treat anxiety and stress being experienced by young individuals. The slime of the tree bark therefore, provides with a soothing effect, making the individual ease down. It basically helps in relaxing down the reflexes and reenergizing it.


Slippery elm is used for many different purposes. It has a slimy substance in the inner bark which is called mucilage. This substance is used in many different forms to mix it in water and then consume it. It is basically used to heal common diseases life cough, stomach disease, influenza, headache, diarrhea, constipation, bladder and urinary infections, herpes, extracting and removing tape worms etc.

This tree is used as a medicine to treat and heal the diseases. It is also used to treat the mental illness. This is mostly stress, depression and anxiety. The mucilage helps to ease down the reflexes and provide with cooling effect. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and immediately heals the wounds and sores. This tree is still used by many pharmacists to include it in the ingredients of their solution in making the medicines. There are still a lot of people who use this natural remedy as a medical solution.


Slippery elm is a reddish brown bark which is almost 60 to 80 feet tall. The sticky substance of the bark is used for therapeutic purposes. The Native Americans also used this bark to keep it near to the meat so that it prevents it from getting rotten.

Therefore, there are a lot of benefits of using this tree. Some of these benefits are:

  • The inner bark of the tree act as an anti-inflammatory. It provides soothing to the stomach and intestinal irritations. It also heals the ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

  • It also helps to sooth down the sore throat. The slime contains a sugary mixture which breaks down to heal the cough.

  • Acts as an anti-inflammatory to heal the urinary irritation. Its powder is used to heal the infection in the bladder.

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