The hardy tree slippery elm can live up to two hundred years. Its bark is harvested for its inner lining or pith, which contains a high mucilage content that gives rise to the “slippery” factor and is the only part of the tree harvested. The slippery elm inner bark has a mildly sweet, honey-like flavor and can be used to make tinctures, teas, syrups and throat lozenges. It's also traditionally used to make soothing ointments, lotions, creams and other topical preparations for the skin.
Slippery elm bark is capable of soothing the lining of the stomach and intestines and reducing irritation because it has demulcent, emollient, nutrient, bulk laxative and prebiotic properties. Because of this, it also has been shown to treat a number of digestive issues and inflammation of the respiratory tract. Native American Indians were the first recorded people to use Slippery Elm as a medicine.
Dried Bark & Root / Cut & Sifted
TISANE "HERBAL" TEA BREW TIMES:
Ground tisane teas and tea bags - Steep 2 to 5 minutes
Loose leaf tisane teas - Steep 3-5 minutes
Root and seed-based tisane teas - Steep 6-8 minutes
*Steep in newly boiling water (212ºF) to best release the health benefits.
Slippery Elm Bark
Specific: Slippery Elm should be taken with at least 250mL (8 oz) of liquid. Orally administered drugs should be taken one hour prior to or several hours after consumption of slippery elm. The mucilage may slow the absorption of orally administered drugs.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets.
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