SEB, Slippery Elm Bark, slippery elm bark, soothing mucilage.
Slippery elm bark tastes mild to bitter sweet and can be used externally and internally.
To use as a tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1/2 teaspoon of the SEB, cover and steep for 3-5 minutes or bring 1-2 teaspoons of slippery elm bark to a boil in a pot with 1 cup of cold water. Then strain and drink in small sips or use for gargling or rinsing, one to two cups daily.
Our pure, non-irradiated, organic (USDA seal) Slippery Elm Bark (abbreviated SEB), red elm bark (Ulmus fulva/rubra) is considered a good dietary supplement for children, the sick, and convalescents (and as a feed supplement for animals).
The Slippery Elm is a small tree in North America. The bark is harvested in spring and the outer bark is scraped off so that the mucilage-rich inner part can be used. The soothing mucilage is used in ointments, compresses and skin care.
Processed here is the inner bark of the North American red elm, which is very soft and contains polysaccharides. These polysaccharides are responsible for the formation of mucilage.
To make elm tea, pour one to two teaspoons of elm bark in a pot with a cup of cold water and bring both to a boil. Then strain and drink in small sips or use for gargling or rinsing. Use one to two cups of this tea daily.
Elm is used in folk medicine as a tea against diarrhea or gastritis, as well as against inflammation of the oral cavity, for rinsing or gargling.
Externally, the elm tea is used in folk medicine in the form of compresses, baths or washes, also for wounds that heal poorly, as well as externally used against hemorrhoids and eczema.
The red elm grows predominantly in southern North America, North Dakota, Canada, lower parts of Michigan, the Appalachian mountain areas of eastern North America, and western Texas, and has been used as a natural remedy by native peoples for centuries.
The inner bark is separated from the trunk of organically grown trees (which are at least 10 years old) in the spring, dried in large sheds for many months, then pulverized and packaged for trade. The wood is used for other purposes.
Elm bark tastes mild to bitter-sweet and can be used externally and internally.
Composition of SEB:
The main constituent of elm bark is mucilage, which occurs in the bast and inner bark. The other components are very low (0.002%), because elm grows on poor soil.
Ingredients (crude protein and crude fiber content)
crude protein approx. 3%
Crude fiber approx. 48
Dietary fiber less than 2%
SEB, Slippery ElmBark, elm bark is a natural product, so such information naturally varies.
Pentosan, methylpentosan, hexosan, polyuronide (pectin), tannic acids (3%), starch, minerals, cholesterol, moss, calcium oxalate; fatty acids, such as caprylic acid, which can prevent fungal infection (candida fungus) when used.
Slippery elm bark mucilage can lubricate bones and joints, help eliminate waste products of the body (intestines, etc.). Therefore, it belongs to the detoxification agents. Studies have found that Slippery Elm Bark also contains antioxidants that can have a positive effect on the kidneys.
Mix 1/3 teaspoon (approx. 350 mg) of SEB in a 5ml syringe with lukewarm water and give to the cat as needed (e.g. in case of nausea/vomiting). SEB can hardly be overdosed, so this can be given up to 6 times a day. Especially important before sleeping to settle the stomach overnight.
In case of stomach problems, it is best to give the elm bark porridge half an hour before food, as it puts a protective layer around the stomach walls and thus has a soothing effect on the mucous membrane.
If there is a kidney disease (e.g. CNI), lentsteht nausea and stomach acidity. In this case Slippery Elm Bark has often proven to be effective. In the case of ulcers or inflammation in the mouth/mouth, Slippery Elm Bark also has an anti-inflammatory and soothing effect.
As a side effect, ingesting SEB also helps with dry and flaky skin and hair.
SEB can also be boiled down to a syrup-like mass:
Mix 4 tsp of SEB in one l of cold water. Bring to a boil in a steel saucepan, stirring constantly (do not use aliminium), then continue stirring while cooling until the thick syrup is formed.
The mixture will keep at room temperature for one day, and in the refrigerator for 5 days.
The SEB mixed with a little cold water can be used as a compress for wounds, rashes. It forms a natural "bandage" (antiseptic effect). (acts antiseptic), which can be easily removed with water after a few hours.
Herbalists attribute gentle and effective healing properties to slippery elm bark:
- Nutritive (providing specific nutrients)
- soothing/calming (e.g. stomach/intestinal mucosa)
- astringent (astringent) acts on mucous membranes and wounds by protein precipitation to seal and soften irritation, thus limiting taste sensation and inhibiting secretion of digestive glands)
Therefore, the elm bark pulp can be used in inflammatory mucosal diseases, such as gastrointestinal tract, lungs (bronchitis, asthma), kidneys, bladder, throat, etc.
Some examples from folk medicine:
- Relief and healing of ulcers in the mouth/mouth.
- Soothing and anti-inflammatory for toothache
- Surprising success with ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease
- Rapid relief from hyperacidity, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, constipation, colic, cough, bronchitis, etc.
There are no known side effects of slippery elm bark, but ingestion of slippery elm bark mucilage may prevent absorption of other (food, medicines). That is why it is recommended to keep at least half an hour interval between ingestion of slippery elm bark and medicines and also food.
Allergic symptoms may occur in case of skin rashes. If this should occur, do not use slippery elm bark externally.
The information about Slippery Elm Bark has been compiled and summarized from literature and internet. It is in no way a substitute for necessary medical treatment. For this reason, it is important that you inform yourself.
To use it as a tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1/2 teaspoon of the SEB, cover and steep for 3-5 minutes.