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Slippery Elm

Used for:

Slippery elm is used for sore throat, cough, intestinal irritation (irritable bowel syndrome [IBS], colitis, Crohn’s disease); used as a poultice for burns, boils, uncomplicated wounds, inflamed skin; soothes irritation of the esophagus due to chemotherapy.

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Available in:

Lozenges, powder, capsules, extracts

Herb / drug interactions:

None known

Other safety concerns:

None known

When buying:

Look for products containing 100% slippery elm.


Lozenges as needed for sore throat; one teaspoon of powder mixed with one teaspoon of sugar and two cups of boiling water for bowel discomfort. Take once or twice a day. For a poultice, mix powder with water.

Child dosage:

Use powder to make gruel for infants; other uses the same as above.