Slippery Elm powder

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Slippery elm has been used internally and externally as both food and medicine for thousands of years in Ayurvedic, Native American, Traditional Chinese, and Western medicine. While it is indeed a great remedy for constipation, the benefits extend far beyond this – from teething in babies through to open wounds.

The powder is made from the inner bark, and can be combined with water to make a paste. The typical dosage to relieve constipation or intestinal issues is around 1-2 teaspoons, taken three times daily. This paste can be as thick or as thin as you like, using either warm or cool water.

Slippery elm can be combined with spices and fruits as a medicinal food, or even added to porridge or gluten-free cereals. It is very soothing for irritated throats, intestinal ulcers, boils & abscesses, or as an external drawing poultice.

To use Slippery Elm as a poultice, slowly add hot water to the powder until you have a very thick paste and apply over the affected area. For open wounds, it is important to add antiseptic herbs, such as goldenseal for additional healing properties. You can also use the poultice for painful joint and muscle conditions, or as a masque for problem skin.

Slippery elm is also what is known as a COX-2 inhibitor. COX-2 stands for Cyclo-oxygenase-2. Basically, it is an enzyme in the body that triggers inflammation, and because of the soothing and demulcent properties of slippery elm, it works to inhibit the production of this enzyme and therefore reduce inflammation. This is why this simple herbal remedy is used for such a wide range of conditions from the throat and respiratory tract through to the gastro-intestinal tract.

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