Slippery Elm Bark Powder

Herbs: Slippery Elm Bark - Powder, Wild Crafted

Common Names: Slippery elm, red elm, Indian elm, American elm
Latin Name: Ulmus rubra
Origin: USA

Excerpts from The ABC Herbal

This mucilaginous herb helps absorb toxins in the bowel. In fact, Slippery Elm Bark Powder is very soothing to the entire digestive system. It is useful especially for diarrhea, bowel weakness or as a mild nourishing food for sick children. Since the herb is slightly sweet, it is one that children will often take readily if it is mixed in some cereal, applesauce or fruit juice. We have also blended it with fruit juice and used it to make a "mock" chocolate drink by mixing it with hot milk and honey.

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

Slippery Elm Bark Powder is an amazing, mild-flavored, highly nutritious herb. It is used in many combinations and poultices not only because of its medicinal properties but also because of its cohesive quality that helps bind other herbs together.

  • In case of famine, it would be an excellent herb to store and to forage for eating.
  • Mucilaginous and expands when mixed with water. Does not mix easily, use a blender, wire whip, fork, or shake in bottle, etc.
  • Should be taken with lots of water.
  • Contact healer both internally and externally. Coats and relaxes all inflamed tissues including irritated and inflamed mucous membranes of stomach, bowels, and kidneys.
  • A gentle herb – one of the best for diarrhea especially for babies. It normalizes the stools, soothes, coats, and heals the entire intestinal tract lining.
  • Used in enemas for scalding diarrhea because of soothing and healing qualities. The flavor hints of burnt caramel candy – most babies willingly eat a slippery elm mixture.
  • Good for ulcers and delicate stomachs.
  • Used for vaginal douches.

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

When ground to a fine powder, this bark makes an excellent flour extender and can be used in a variety of recipes. Some writers claim that it has a food value equal to that of oatmeal and have recommended it as a wholesome and nourishing food for invalids and children.

The demulcent, emollient and wound healing properties of slippery elm are due to its mucilage content. The mucilage is viscous fiber that lowers the bowel transit time, absorbs toxins from the bowel, regulates intestinal flora and soothes the lining of the digestive tract.

The demulcent effects are also active when the herb is used externally as a poultice or in an ointment.

The most popular use of slippery elm is as a demulcent expectorant. This property is explained by the ability of tannins to combine with mucous and precipitate it.

Slippery Elm Bark Powder decoctions are consumed hourly to coat the throat and allow the tannins to congeal the mucous build-ups, thus facilitating the expulsion of excess mucous. Beware of respiratory formulas based on slippery elm that are in capsules or tablets to be swallowed as this negates any demulcent action on the throat.

Contains mucilaginous compounds that decrease the thickness while increasing the production of mucosal fluids. These compounds soothe inflamed tissue, decrease bowel transit time and absorb toxins from the bowel. It also contains astringent compounds that shrink inflamed tissues.

Customer Reviews

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Best SEB
by Rachel G on Aug 30, 2014

I have had the joy of placing 2 orders with your company thus far,and I have been satisfied with both.
One of the items in my last big order was Slippery Elm Bark.
It has helped me so much,with numerous digestion problems,it smells slightly sweet like milk and honey and I love making a drink out of it using stevia and organic bourbon yummy!
I had the unfortunate experience of ordering a bag of this from MRH,which otherwise carries good products,but was very disappointed with their SEB,it was like snot,to put it in gross but accurate terms,it didn't emulsify or blend at all,it was snotty and congealed and it had a slight pepper smell.
Needless to say,I will be buying my slippery elm bark as well as my other herbs from BHS in the future.Thanks for a wonderful enjoyable product you guys :)

slippery elm and diarrhea
by Dee on Jul 10, 2014

I had severe diarrhea for 2 years and couldn't leave home without worrying.
A friend recommended Slippery Elm which I readily took with rice and ...diarrhea gone within a week or two.
My life is normal now. thanks to Slippery Elm.

Can I use Slippery Elm in a tincture?
by Stephanie Bone' on Mar 14, 2014

Hi. I am in the process of making a acid reflex tincture for several of my family members. They have been demanding it for quite some time now. Anyways, I am already using dandelion root but I was hoping to add Slippery elm because my research says that it is a soothing, nutritive demulcent. It also will ease conditions such as excessive gastric acid, gastric ulcers etc. It ‘coats’ the mucus membranes with mucilage. So can I mix the bark into a tincture with dandelion root?

    Re: Can I use Slippery Elm in a tincture?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 17, 2014

    You could add that into the tincture, or you could take it in a powder form as well. Whichever is more convenient. Thanks!

by Sarah Z on Feb 26, 2014

I will be taking this with a Liver Cleanse to help my severe eczema. How much should I take daily? Do I need to be careful when I take it in relation to the Liver Cleanse and regular meals? I don't want to take it too close to the Cleanse in case it makes the it less effective or a meal make the Slippery Elm Bark less effective.

    Re: Dosage?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Feb 26, 2014

    Unfortunately we can't tell you an exact dosage amount because we do not know you or your body personally. However, if you do a search on Google I'm sure you could find some info on dosages from a reputable site. Thanks!

by Christie on Feb 7, 2014

I was told to try this for my Esophagus issues. Basically I have limited motility, or I guess what you'd call spasms. I have to eat soft foods because I can't swallow well. It causes a lot of pain and gagging. I emailed a "Natural" Dr. and this is what she suggested I use. What do you think? And if so, what's the best way to mix it because I have taste/texture issues too? Thanks!

    Re: Esophagus
    by Bulk Herb Store on Feb 12, 2014

    Hello, we are not doctors or licensed practitioners so we cannot give you medical advice. We know from experience that Slippery Elm soothes inflamed tissues, however it may or may not work in that way for you because each person is different. When I take powders I like to put it into grape juice or water, and drink it down in a swallow. Thanks!

vaginal dryness
by Andrea on Feb 4, 2014

do slippery elm capsules help with vaginal dryness?
I am only 43 and haven't went through menopause at all yet. I still have my regular monthly periods. I have been experiencing this dryness for a few months, since becoming involved in a relationship, after not being active for 2 1/2 years. I don't know if this has something to do with it or not. BUT it is very frustrating.
I have never had a problem with moisture or orgasms. Even my orgasms are dry.
I have also noticed that my mouth is dry and so are my lips.
I have been trying to find some answers and trying every herb I can find that shows a hint of helping. But it is affecting my sexual relationship to the point that I don't even want to try.


    Re: vaginal dryness
    by Bulk Herb Store on Feb 5, 2014

    Since the Slippery Elm would not go through your Vaginal system if taken internally that probably wouldn't help. I would personally recommend applying Eden Salve or Coconut oil internally before any intimacy and that helps make things much more comfortable in dry times. However, the problem is probably a result of hormones that are starting to change. I would also recommend taking our Women's Only Tincture as that will definitely help level hormones for any women at any stage of life. Thanks!

slippery elm
by Deb on Jan 10, 2014

I once had cold flue with high fever. Sent out for slippery elm and shortly after taking it expelled the mucous, fever went down and I was better in no time

by Jen on Jan 5, 2014

My son has been diagnosed with celiac disease - is this product manufactured in a gluten free facility?

    Re: question
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 13, 2014

    Hello, we cannot guarantee that the Slippery Elm powder is gluten-free. Sorry!

diarrhea vs laxative
by Rosemary on Nov 17, 2013

I experience persistent diarrhea so I was hoping slippery elm would be soothing to the digestive system but now I read it's a laxative. I certainly don't need a laxative. Is there a particular manner of taking slippery elm or an amount that will enable it to be soothing w/out acting as laxative???

    Re: diarrhea vs laxative
    by Bulk Herb Store on Nov 20, 2013

    Although the Slippery Elm Bark would help with soothing, it would also contribute to the bowel issues. We would recommend taking Kelp instead, as Kelp can be used to absorb toxins in the bowel and add bulk to the stool. Also our Happy Gut probiotic would help with digestive problems. Another thing, gluten and casein are often contributors to gut issues and you may want to try taking those out of your diet for a time period in order to test if that might help. Good luck!

slippery elm bark for hiatal hernia
by suzanne on Sep 26, 2013

Slippery elm bark has been recommended for my hiatal hernia. How much such I take. I have tried it in applesauce, fruit shakes. I still think it taste terrible. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

    Re: slippery elm bark for hiatal hernia
    by Bulk Herb Store on Sep 27, 2013

    We cannot give dosages since we are not medical professionals. Another great way to take this would be in capsules! Thanks!

Slippery elm bark powder
by Rosie on Jul 31, 2013

Hi I am interested in trying slippery elm bark powder for my digestion issues, however I read an article which suggests it is a laxative. In this case, if I use this powder will by bowel become reliant on the powder?

    Re: Slippery elm bark powder
    by Bulk Herb Store on Aug 2, 2013

    No, you can use whenever needed as a laxative. It is very beneficial. Thank you!

by Li on Jul 1, 2013

I bought your slippery elm for severe digestive problems I've recently developed. I was worried about the amount that I was buying, whether I'd use it all or not. I'm not worried about that anymore. I put some into a serving of applesauce, and it gave the applesauce this amazing, slightly nutty flavor. The applesauce was gone in about thirty seconds. It's about the fastest I've eaten anything since I got sick in November. Thank you for this.

What can i use it for?
by Michelle on May 10, 2013

Im getting ready to make some homemade shampoo i was told this would make a good thickening agent. And not have to be put into hot liquid. Is this true?
Thanks Michelle

    Re: What can i use it for?
    by Bulk Herb Store on May 13, 2013

    I have never tried it personally, but from what I read about it, it does sound like it can be used as a thickening agent. You can read about it here:

    Have fun! I am going to try it!

allergy relief
by Azraa on Apr 22, 2013

When My Son Was A Toddler He Suffered From Seasonal Allergies and Was Prescribed Medicine To Take Every Day. MY Mother Told Me About Slippery Elm. Twelve Years Later I Still Have My Son Take It When The Seasons Change And It Works Wonders! No Medication With Side-effects, Just A Few Doses And He Is Fine Until The Next Season.

by Kelsi on Feb 25, 2013

I have been struggling with some stomach/breathing problems and have finally figured out that I have what's called laryngopharyngeal reflux. Now, I am trying to figure out how to treat it. My husband and I would really like to start having children. But I have been hesitant to do so until I get my health under control. I looked over this product and think that it could be very helpful. When I was researching online, however, a couple of sites mentioned it to possibly be the cause of some miscarriages. Is this true? Would this be okay to take during pregnancy? I am still researching it, but any extra input would be really appreciated. I want my baby to be healthy!

    Re: Question
    by Bulk Herb Store on Apr 24, 2013

    From what I have been reading, it sounds like the inner bark should be safe, but the outer bark may be toxic and could cause a miscarriage so you want to make sure it is the inner bark if you use it! Ours is made from the inner bark.

Slippery elm for sinus congestion
by Brenda on Oct 3, 2012

I stumbled upon this miraculous herb one winter when I was suffering from a cold with lots of chest and sinus congestion. I saw that it had properties to alleviate mucous so I took several capsules regularly through the days and found it cleared up quickly without turning into a sinus infection. Now whenever I start to get a runny nose I take it and nothing develops, crisis averted. I put it in applesauce for my little guy and he clears up as well. So glad to have found such a great herb.

Slippery Elm Powder
by Kathy R. on Oct 8, 2006

Five of our 9 children have asthma. This worked wonderfully to reduce phlegm and relieve cold/allergy symptoms for the rest of us. I just mix about 3/4 Tbsp. in a bowl of applesauce and add some cinnamon. Tastes fine! I gave a friend some to use on her daughter who has Down's Syndrome. That winter she was amazingly healthy and didn't suffer with the normal constant cold symptoms.

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