Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm

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Slippery Elm - Soothing, digestive relief!

The high mucilage content in slippery elm bark coats the throat, entire digestive tract, and other inflamed mucous membranes, soothing and protecting internal tissues.

What is Slippery Elm?

Botanical name: Ulmus rubra

Native to central and eastern parts of North America and Canada, slippery elm is a deciduous tree in the Ulmaceae family that can grow up to 80' tall. It can be found in open elevated areas, the forest and alongside streams. Slippery elm is traditionally harvested for its medicinal inner bark. Our slippery elm bark is responsibly wildcrafted, or grown certified organically, as slippery elm is at risk of being overharvested. The inner bark is typically collected during springtime and powdered for ease of use. 

Nutritional Constituents

Slippery elm bark is very nutritious and rich in mucilage, making it deeply soothing to internal tissues. It contains generous amounts of niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, fiber, vitamin A, chromium, cobalt, polysaccharides, tannins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, d-galactose-demulcent and much more. 

Historical Use & Benefits

Slippery elm is beneficial for irritated mucous membranes and inflammation of the digestive and respiratory tracts, it is helpful for normalizing bowel function (both constipation and diarrhea), can be used as a poultice for wounds, is particularly helpful for urinary tract infections, coughs, sore throats, ulcers and more.

Slippery elm has been used as a survival health food, including keeping George Washington's army alive during the bitter cold winter at Valley Forge. Early pioneer families trusted it as a food source when nothing else was available, which often saved them from starvation! When finely ground, slippery elm has also been used as a flour extender in various recipes. Traditionally, this nutritious herb has been used as food for handicapped / convalescing patients, malnourished people and animals, and young children. It's gentle and appropriate to be used with malnourished rescue horses when initially re-feeding.

This subtly maple-flavored herb boasts plenty of benefits for overall health and wellness, but is most commonly used to combat various digestive disorders, including: as a prebiotic herb, soothing & helping overcome ulcers, minimizing gastritis, colitis, enteritis, IBS, IBD, etc. Slippery elm is very rich in mucilage which calms and protects inflamed internal tissues, including that of the respiratory tract and urinary tract. 

Benefit Highlights:

  • Supports digestion & overall gut health
    • gastric & duodenal ulcers 
    • gastritis / colitis / enteritis / IBS / IBD / bloating
    • normalizes bowel function
      • supports both diarrhea & constipation
    • prebiotic herb
  • Soothes respiratory tract
    • minimizes cough
    • supports asthma / heaves
  • Soothes urinary tract
  • Can lower stress & anxiety
    • phenolic compounds
  • Supports skin health / Minimizes skin issues
  • Supports a normal inflammatory response
  • Demulcent
  • Supportive to malnourished horses
  • Nutrient-rich
  • Antioxidant rich & so much more!

Ingredients: Slippery elm powder* (Ulmus rubra). *Certified organic

Serving size2 tbsp (8 g), twice daily, for every 1,000 lbs of body weight. (16 g/day total)

4-week supply: 448 g (~1 lb)

7-week supply: 784 g (1.73 lbs)

35-week supply (BULK): 3,920 g (8.64 lbs)


StoragePlease store in a cool, dry place.

Energetics: Cool, moist.

Taste: Slightly sweet (a hint of maple flavor), bland.