Slippery Elm - Ulmus Rubra or Fulva

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This Slippery elm (Ulmus rubra or fulva) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Slippery elm - Ulmus rubra or fulva (Ulmus rubra in photo above) in the Ulmaceae or Elm family

Part used: Inner bark.

Taste/smell: Similar to maple syrup without the sweetness, astringent, mucilaginous.

Tendencies: Moistening with ingestion of water, drying without ingestion of water.

Dosage: 1 tablespoon of powdered herb per cup of water, mixed into a slurry.

Use: (a) Mucilaginous demulcent, (b) Diuretic, (c) Anti-inflammatory.

Slippery elm is indicated for soothing mucous membrane irritation in the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and urinary tract. Internally, it is used for inflammatory respiratory tract disorders, inflammation of the mouth, throat, stomach, intestines, bladder and urethra and externally for wounds, burns, ulcers, and all inflammatory skin disorders.

Contraindications: Do not consume in a dry powder form without water. This herb should always be taken with water. It is best to pre-moisten slippery elm powder by allowing it to soak in water. Oral drugs or herbs taken at the same time as slippery elm may have delayed or decreased absorption due to its mucilage content.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.

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