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Slippery Elm
This elm tree is part of the Ulmaceae family; other members include nettles. It is a stately tree that reaches 60 feet. Its trunk bark is brown, but its branch bark is whitish. Its leaves are broad, rough, hairy on both sides, toothed, and the leaf buds are covered with dense yellow wool. The flowers are stalkless. This tree is also known as red elm, moose elm, or Indian elm. It is a favorite shade and ornamental tree. It is found throughout Canada and the U.S. 

Slippery elm bark contains, as its primary ingredient, mucilage, as well as quantities of gallic acid, phenols, starches, sugars, Vitamins A, B complex, C, K and P. It contains large amounts of calcium, magnesium, and sodium, as well as lesser amounts of chromium and selenium, and trace amounts of iron, phosphorous, silicon and zinc. 

Allergic reactions are possible but uncommon. Sometimes the powdered commercial product is adulterated with flour or other starchy substances, so make sure its pure elm before consumption. 

Stripping the bark of the tree can kill the tree and must be done carefully.

Medical Uses
Inflammatory bowel disease and bronchitis treatment: The elm bark is ground into powder and should be light beige. A good tonic using one teaspoon of powder mixed with 1 glass of water taken 30 minutes before food. It is healing and soothing to mucous membranes and lines stomach and intestines when taken. 

Emotional or nervous problems treatment: Calcium content makes it a good calmative medicine. Drink as a tea when needed. A teaspoon of diluted powder in warmed water.

Antibiotic and anti-microbial effect: Helps to remove toxins from the body; therefore, it promotes faster healing of cuts, burns, ulcers and wounds when its taken as a tonic tea. 1 teaspoon of powder with 1 glass hot water or taken in a prepared capsule with just elm ground powder making it easy to swallow and consume.

Cancer reducing properties: Mixing with 3 other herbs it has been used as an effective treatment to rid cancer of the liver and other tumors on internal organs. 

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