Hierbas del Mundo

Ulmus rubra – Slippery elm

The Slippery Elm is a impressive deciduous tree which is can grow up to 18 meters high can be and originates from Central and North America.

The inner part of the red elm bark is used for phytotheraputic purposes. This inner bark contains important active substances. These include mucus substances such as polysaccharides, galactose, 3-methyl galactose, rhamnose and galacturonzuur, tannins, oligo mere procyaniden, resins, vitamins and minerals.

Properties: The substances of red elm are reported to have  soothing properties on the respiratory tract and throat. It also contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and digestion.

Application: For herbal tea: use 3 teaspoons with 200 ml of boiling water and infuse for 10 minutes, 3 times a day.

Traditional use of red elm: The inner bark can be consumed. This bark contains a thicker slime; this is why the tree is known as  ‘slippery elm’. This slime may be dried into a powder which can be added to a drink.

Slippery Elm is generally regarded as safe and well tolerated with no known side effects or contraindications. Consult your doctor or nutritionist before use. This is a food supplement and is not a substitue for a healthy and varied diet.