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

Please, take a moment and comment on this product.

Slippery Elm
by Stan Unsell on Mar 13, 2015

I was wondering if this is safe to use with equine? I have an old mare with digestive issues and discharge from her eyes. I am thinking this may help her.

Great for acid reflux relief
by Laurie on Jan 3, 2015

My baby had acid reflux really bad from the first days she was born. The doc had me give her an over the counter medication for it when she was 2 weeks old. It was awful. The flavor was so strong she would scream and try to spit it out. Thankfully my midwife told me that slippery elm could be used to help with acid reflux so I immediately ordered some from you guys. As soon as I got it I mixed a little with water and started feeding her the mixture 3x a day and I stopped giving her the other medication. She immediately improved! She is now 8 months old and I still give it to her every morning. She doesn't mind the taste at all! She doesn't generally like solid foods (she still prefers to nurse only) but she will always eat the slippery elm! I am SO thankful that I am able to treat her with herbs instead of medications!

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, 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!

slippery elm
by Deb on Jan 10, 2014

I once had cold flu 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 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.

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.

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.

Please, take a moment and comment on this product.


From our Mailbox

Dear Shoshanna,
I am so excited that I hardly know where to begin. First of all, I want to thank you for sending us the complimentary food-grade glycerin for

We have been your customers for the last three or so years. Your service is always wonderful and shipping is quick. We appreciate the time and effort you put into educating those of us who wish to learn more about using herbs safely, especially for those of us who are oftentimes nursing and pregnant
or both. :-)

I have gained so much knowledge from your website, reviews, and the books that you sell. Thank you to your family from ours. We had dreamed of being able to take care of our family with herbs and when we had found you through your parents' website for NGJ ministry, it was an answer to prayer. Out of all our four children, we've only had one of them take antibiotics for just one little occasion. I didn't know then what I know now. I thank the Lord for making our pathway straight and helping us as we sought this information.

I wanted to let you know about our website work, especially the magazines because we are working on product reviews. I have directed many people your way for various books, herbs, and information.

I was also wanting to thank you for sending out the recent emails and tutorials on making tinctures. I have been told by mouth how to make them but didn't feel completely comfortable about tackling the feat myself (my husband made the bilberry one first) until I saw your DVD. For a busy homeschooling momma, this product is such a blessing. Thank you to all who produced it.

Please tell your mother I said, "Hello" and give her a big hug from me. I read her "Created to Be His Help Meet" years ago and have gone through the book at least four times since. It has allowed us to continue our honeymoon and sweet stage even to this day (almost eight years) and has allowed me to direct many women to it. I have been blessed with starting our marriage out right and further polishing it with that amazing book along with so many others from other Titus 2 women.

For His glory,

More Testimonies

Related items

Detox+ Detox+