Slippery Elm. Got some?

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Without any doubt if you’re into herbs you’ve heard of Slippery Elm. But if you’re new to the world of nature’s bounty you may not have heard of it just yet and you’re in for a real treat. This is one herb that should be in everyone’s herbal medicine cabinet.

It actually STOPS diarrhea. Ha! Bet you were thinking the opposite!

Slippery Elm is an emollient (softening and soothing), demulcent (used especially to relieve pain in inflamed or irritated mucous membranes), pectoral (muscle or organ of the chest), nutritive (nourishing), expectorant (promotes the secretion or expulsion of phlegm, mucus, or other matter from the respiratory tract), diuretic (increases the discharge of urine), slightly astringent (draw together or constrict tissue), and tonic (agent that restores and/or increases body tone). Definitions courtesy of thefreedictionary.com

And there’s more! It’s great for sore throats, wonderful as a poultice to reduce swelling and pain, soothes and softens skin, mucous membranes and more.

It truly is one of the most valuable herbal medicines.

“It possesses and abundant mucilage which will soothe irritation, disperse inflammation, draw out impurities, heal rapidly and greatly strengthen. It is especially soothing and healing to irritated and inflamed surfaces, the various mucous membranes internally, or wounds, burns, chapped skin, etc. Externally it is most beneficial for inflammatory conditions of the stomach, lungs, intestines and urinary organs.

The powder made into a mucilage beverage or gruel is a bland and nutritive food for babies, thus an excellent weaning food. It is also wonderful for the elderly or convalescents; it posses as much nutrition as oatmeal, though it is much easier on the system and is an excellent sustaining food. The gruel is a valuable remedy in all cases of weakness, pulmonary complaints, stomach inflammation, lung hemorrhage, etc. It is especially efficient in absorbing noxious gasses and neutralizing any acidity in the stomach. Because of its mucilaginous nature, it is easy to assimilate and eliminate. Its action is so gentle that it can be retained by delicate stomachs when other substances are rejected. It is wonderful for checking infant diarrhea.

As a poultice, slippery elm is one of the greatest remedies for soothing injured or inflamed parts, and also provides the elements for speedy healing and strengthening of the tissue.” quote is  from the fantastic book, School of Natural Healing by Dr. John R. Christopher, pg 366

The uses and benefits of Slippery Elm go on for seven more pages!

It’s a survival food. It’s an herbal medicine. It’s fairly inexpensive (I personally like Mountain Rose Herbs, but you can probably get it at your local health food store).

I needed some today, but am out of the powder so I took some throat lozenges and using my handy mortar and pestle mashed several and added a little water to make a paste. It worked, but I think I’ll order some powder just to have on hand. And by the way, the inserted photos above are NOT Slippery Elm. Slippery Elm made into a paste looks like mud, but feels like heaven.

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