The slippery elm tree is indigenous to the United States and can live for 200 years. Native American Indians used slippery elm bark as a poultice for wounds, boils, ulcers, inflamed eyes as well as for fevers, colds and bowel complaints.
The inner bark is demulcent (soothing to all mucous membranes) and astringent. It’s perfectly suited for sensitive or inflamed mucous membrane linings of the digestive system assisting with conditions such as enteritis, colitis or duodenal ulcers. It can also ease an irritated and ticklish dry cough.
Externally, it can be used as a poultice for boils, ulcers or abscesses. Remember that it’s best to keep the area moist.
Slippery elm bark is available at any health food store and comes in powdered, capsule or tablet form. It’s important to note that slippery elm may decrease the absorption of prescription medications.