Slippery Elm is a natural remedy for coughs and sore throats. What is Slippery Elm?
Slippery Elm is an Elm tree native to North America. It grows from eastern Texas, northern Florida, all across the eastern U.S., up into southern Quebec. Slippery Elm is known by other names as well, such as Moose Elm, Red Elm and others. American Elm can sometimes be confused with Slippery Elm, but there are notable differences. American Elm grows up to 80ft tall, where as Slippery Elm averages 40-60ft tall. Slippery Elm also has little “hairs” or fuzz on its branches. Slippery/Red Elm also has red inner bark. The inner bark is what is used for medicinal purposes. American Elm is not used medicinally.
Due to heavy harvesting of Slippery elm for its medicinal purposes and being hit with Dutch elm disease, it is best to source your bark powder from a tree farm rather than wild crafted. As far as I know, the bark powder I have linked below for you is not wild crafted. I have contacted the company to clarify this and am awaiting a response. If I should find out after posting this that it is indeed wild crafted, I will search for another source and update the link.
The substance in the bark powder called mucilage is what coats your mouth, throat, stomach and intestines providing relief from mouth sores, heartburn, sore throat, sour stomach and more.
To make slippery elm lozenges or “balls” or “squares” depending on the shape you make them into, you only need two ingredients. Raw honey and slippery elm bark powder. Using infused honey is another way of doubling down on nature’s benefits. Sage would be a wonderful choice for infused honey, as it contains antibacterial, antiviral benefits and soothes coughs and pain. To infuse honey, take a clean jar, add fresh sage leaves and completely cover sage in raw honey, filling the jar. Let infuse at room temperature for several days then strain out the sage. You can also use other herbs as well.
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