Elm, Slippery Ulmus fulva

Ulmus fulva
  • Common Names
  • Elm, Slippery , Red Elm, Moose Elm, Indian Elm
  • Botanical Name
  • Ulmus fulva
  • Family
  • Urticaceae

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Elm, Slippery

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How to Use: Elm, Slippery

Slippery Elm bark powder is considered one of the best possible herbal poultices for reducing pain and inflammation of wounds, boils and skin ulcers, and burns. The tree's inner bark is rich in mucilage, a spongy, slippery fiber that soothes skin on the outside and coats the mucus membranes that cause irritation in the throat and urinary tract when the herb is taken as a tea or infusion. 1 In Herbal Healing for Women, Rosemary Gladstar explains the source of the myth that slippery elm can be harmful in pregnancy. Native American women used long sticks of slippery elm to induce miscarriage, which gave slippery elm a bad reputation in that regard. It is perfectly safe, and indeed is a used as a medicinal food.

Preparation Methods & Dosage :The chopped bark is suitable for poultices. Use ground bark for tea. The inner bark is preferred. Teas, infusions, poultices. Up to 5 tablespoons (15 grams) of slippery elm bark can be dissolved in a cup (240 ml) of water. Sometimes found encapsulated and as a liquid extract. 1

Elm, Slippery Side Effects: There are no known contraindications or precautions for slippery elm because it is mainly mucilage and various nutrients.

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Plant Description

The Slippery Elm is a small tree abundant in various parts of North America. The inner bark has important medicinal value and was official in the US. Pharmacopoeia. The powdered bark is sold in two forms: a coarse powder for use as poultices and a fine powder for making a mucilaginous drinks. It is recommended that ten-year old bark be used. The powder should be grey of fawn-colored. If dark or reddish, good results will not be obtained. 2

Regional Traditions :North America *

Related Species Ulmus rubra

books citedWorks Cited
  1. Mountain Rose Herbs
  2. Grieve, Maud Mrs. "A Modern Herbal" (1931)