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Slippery Elm Bark

Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus rubra)

Slippery Elm Bark for Sale

Slippery Elm is a tree that is native to North America. It is especially common in the Appalachian Mountain region. Because it can reach a height of more than 50 feet, it’s considered a shade-producing tree. Slippery elm is also quite hardy. Left undisturbed, the tree can live as long as 200 years.

The “slippery” part of the common name comes from the mucilaginous lining of the bark, which is the only part of the tree harvested. Native Americans applied the freshly shredded pith as bandages and made infusions from the dried material. The demulcent qualities of the mucilage provides a protective film for irritated, inflamed tissue, both internally and externally.

European settlers learned how to use slippery elm bark from Native Americas, who used water-soaked strips as bandages. The dried herb is also traditionally prepared as tea, alone or in combination with chamomile, mint or other herbs.

Slippery elm bark is also used to make infused oils, tinctures and liquid extracts.

Origin: United States

Active Compounds: Tannins, Mucilage, Starch

Plant Part Used: Bark

Storage Tips: Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark cabinet or pantry.

Appearance and Aroma: Fibrous and woody.

Cosmetic Uses: Infuse in oil to make salves and lotions.

Decorative Uses: Adds textural interest to botanical displays.

Culinary Uses: Use in tea blends in combination with other herbs.

Flavor Profile: A mild, pleasant flavor. Blends well with licorice root, marshmallow root and peppermint.

Safety: Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.

This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by Canada Health or the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Slippery Elm Bark for Sale