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.
Lozenges, powder, capsules, extracts
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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.
Use powder to make gruel for infants; other uses the same as above.