March's herb is Slippery Elm...'tis the season for sore throats and stomach bugs! Let's nip them in the bud...
Just the Facts
- Plant Description : Slippery Elm is a tree with broad, asymmetrical leaves and reddish-brown tree bark.
- Parts to use : Inner tree bark
- Used primarily for : Nausea / vomiting, ulcers, diarrhea, inflammation of stomach, sore throat
- You can make : Tea, syrup, capsule, oil, lozenge
- Skin Poultice : Mix slippery elm powder with water to form a paste. Cover the inflamed area (like a mud band-aid); wash and replace with more poultice every few hours until rash / sore / burn / etc is gone.
- Throat Lozenges : Using your recipe for chamomile tea (see that section of book), take ¼ cup tea and mix with ½ cup slippery elm powder. Form into dough and roll out to ¼” thick. Cut into small, cubed pieces and roll into balls. Lay out on a cookie sheet and let dry overnight. Store in a cool, dry place. Suck on lozenges as needed to soothe inflamed throat or stomach.
Do it Yourself!
- DIY Resources : Use the hardware resources listed here, along with slippery elm powder.
- Not ready to DIY? : Try the Slippery Elm Capsules or Slippery Elm Lozenges.
- Fun Bonus : Slippery elm is very nutritious and can be eaten as a powdered, hot cereal with honey and spices.