Slippery Elm For Digestion & Healing
Slippery Elm is a species of elm tree native to North East America, where it is found most commonly in the Appalachian mountains. It has many healing medicinal benefits, from soothing inflammation to restoring the health of those suffering from prolonged flu, but most importantly today it is used to sooth the bowl and digestive tract. It has been used for hundreds of years for its medicinal properties, and incorporating it into your lifestyle can have countless benefits to your health.
Many people use slippery elm just as a way of soothing and nourishing the body. Similar to psyllium husk, it is a supplement that interacts with liquid to incorporate a thick colourless gel. Upon reaching the stomach, the substance coats the stomach, and promotes healthy excretion of mucus in the body, and in doing this, it helps to neutralise stomach acids, boost the adrenal glands and draw out impurities. Furthermore, this trees potently medicinal bark contains powerful antioxidant phytonutrients that reduce inflammation on a local and systemic level.
And if all of those uses for slippery elm haven't persuaded you to incorporate it into your lifestyle, here are a few more!
- colitis and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- diverticulitis and diverticulosis
- stomach upset
- chronic indigestion and resulting malnutrition
- soothing ulcers and stomach inflammation
- irritated intestines
- vaginal inflammation
- sore throat
- coughs and a hoarse voice
It is criminal really that this ingredient is not used more in modern medicine as its properties are so incredibly beneficial.
How Can I take Slippery Elm?
Planet Organic stocks both the powder, and capsule form of slippery elm. The powder form can be added to water or sprinkled over cereal - why not try adding 1 tsp to our Almond Butter Milkshake in the mornings. Whereas the capsules it suggests to take them three times per day before meals. Alternatively, you can also make a tea by boiling teaspoons-full of loose bark in a cup of water for ten to fifteen minutes, cooled before drinking.