European settlers discovered the usefulness of slippery elm bark (Ulmus rubra) from Native Americans, who applied it as healing bandages. Now, it's used as a medicinal tea, or added to salves and lotions. My favorite way to use it is in digestive support teas as well as for coating irritated throats.
Warning- Slippery Elm should be taken with at least 250 ml (8 oz) of liquid.
Slippery elm bark is also used to make infused oils, tinctures and liquid extracts.
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