In the shop after the Christmas season we notice an increase in enquires from people wanting to take an active part in their ongoing wellbeing.
One product, which I find myself recommending a lot, is slippery elm powder.
I often recommend it for digestive issues, including acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. This is because of its ability to coat and soothe the mouth, throat, and the digestive system. It is a highly nutritive powder, which contains antioxidants that help relieve inflammatory bowel conditions, it lowers bowel transit time, absorbs toxins from the bowel and regulates intestinal flora. Slippery elm also causes reflux stimulation of nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract leading to increased mucus secretion. The increased mucus production may protect the gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity.
Slippery elm works like this because it is so high in mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. Traditionally it was made into gruel, and often used as a nourishing food for people recovering from illness.
Slippery elm powder has a long history of use. The Native Americans used it, with published uses dating back to 1817. Traditional uses include; healing salve for wounds, boils and ulcers. It was also taken for sore throats, coughs, diarrhoea and stomach problems.
To use slippery elm at home you can mix a teaspoon of powder with 200mls of warm water, mix well and drink. Alternatively it can be added to foods such as mashed banana or yogurt.
Slippery elm is considered a safe herb, however if you are taking other medicines are pregnant, or for use with young children you should seek the advice of your medical herbalist.
If you are using slippery elm powder make sure to take at least an hour apart from other medicines, as it coats the intestinal tract it will slow the absorption of other medicines.