Ulmus rubra, or slippery elm bark, has been used by native peoples of North America for thousands of years for its therapeutic benefits. The name comes from the slippery nature of its inner bark. This gel has been used to cure a variety of conditions, from a sore throat to a cough to gastrointestinal distress to skin irritation, thanks to its calming and protecting characteristics
Traditionally, slippery elm bark has been used to treat digestive issues such as indigestion, gas, bloating, and constipation. It is hypothesized to operate by lowering inflammation and building a protective layer on the digestive tract lining. Mucilage, tannins, and antioxidants are some of the active chemicals in slippery elm bark.
Sore throats, coughs, and bronchitis are just some of the respiratory disorders that slippery elm bark is thought to help with. This remedy’s mucilage content has been shown to calm inflammation and ease irritation in the respiratory system.
In the case of skin irritations including burns, cuts, and rashes, slippery elm bark can be applied topically for relief. The anti-inflammatory qualities of the bark’s mucilage may alleviate redness and irritation while keeping the skin supple and hydrated.
Traditional medicine has employed slippery elm bark for the treatment of dental problems like gingivitis and toothaches. The anti-inflammatory and mucilage qualities may help alleviate discomfort and swelling in the gums.
Anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing properties have also been observed in slippery elm bark, which is another possible advantage.
- Oral Health
- Skin healing
- Respiratory health