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Slippery Elm
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Slippery Elm Overview

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The dried inner bark of the slippery-elm tree (a specific type of elm tree) was a favorite of many Native American tribes, and was subsequently adopted by European colonists. Like marshmallow and mullein , slippery elm was used as a treatment for sore throat, coughs, dryness of the lungs, inflammation of the skin inflammations, wounds, and irritation of the digestive tract. 1 It was also made into a kind of porridge to be taken by weaned infants and during convalescence from illness: various heroes of the Civil War are said to have credited slippery elm with their recovery from war wounds.


Suck cough lozenges as needed. For internal use, a typical dose is 500 to 1,000 mg of 3 times daily.


  1. Castleman M. The healing herbs. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, 1991: 342–344.


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