Composition of Slippery Elm
Slippery elm contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with liquid.. It coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. It also contains antioxidants that help relieve inflammatory bowel conditions.
Health benefits of Slippery Elm
Slippery elm is superb for any digestive inflammation. Stomach and duodenal ulcers are basically a result of too much neutralized gastric acids eating through the delicate mucous membranes. The inner bark of the slippery elm contains high amounts of mucilage that adheres to the gastrointestinal tract, soothing and calming any inflammation and pain. This mucilage is also highly nutritious, being high in calcium compounds that are easily absorbed. The mucilage in slippery elm bark is unique in that it surrounds any excess fats in the intestines and pushes them along for easy excretion.
History of Slippery Elm
Before the first European settlers arrived in North America various tribes of Native American Indians revered the Elm tree as a meeting place. When Europeans arrived in North America the native tribes taught them the uses of the Slippery Elm not only a medicine, but also as a ‘last resort’ food. During the siege at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, 1777, George Washington’s troops spent a 12 day period surviving on little more than Slippery Elm bark.