Slippery Elm bark
Noun 1. slippery elm – North American elm having rough leaves that are red when openingslippery elm – North American elm having rough leaves that are red when opening; yields a hard wood
Ulmus rubra, red elm
genus Ulmus, Ulmus – type genus of family Ulmaceae; deciduous trees having simple serrate leaves; widely distributed in temperate regions
elm, elm tree – any of various trees of the genus Ulmus: important timber or shade trees
European settlers learned how to use slippery elm bark from Native Americas, who used water-soaked strips as bandages. The dried herb is also traditionally prepared as tea, alone or in combination with chamomile, mint or other herbs.
Slippery elm bark is also used to make infused oils, tinctures and liquid extracts.
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slippery elm bark
is a tree that is native to North America. It is especially common in the Appalachian Mountain region. Because it can reach a height of more than 50 feet, it’s considered a shade-producing tree. Slippery elm is also quite hardy. Left undisturbed, the tree can live as long as 200 years.
The “slippery” part of the common name comes from the mucilaginous lining of the bark, which is the only part of the tree harvested. Native Americans applied the freshly shredded pith as bandages and made infusions from the dried material. The demulcent qualities of the mucilage provides a protective film for irritated, inflamed tissue, both internally and externally.
Slightly sweet but mildly pungent. Good companion for bitter tasting herbs and roots
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Although burdock isn’t native to North America, various Native American tribes used the herb once it was introduced by European settlers. The Ojibwa tribe, in particular, held burdock root in high esteem. In combination with slippery elm bark, turkey rhubarb root and sheep sorrel, burdock root was a component in the traditional Ojibwa tonic later adapted by Rene Caisse, the Canadian nurse who presented the world with the formula known as Essiac tea.
Burdock Root Uses
By Kathleen Roberts
If you are overrun with burdock, which many people consider a weed, you might like to learn about some burdock root uses. A weed to one person is a very beneficial plant to another. Most plants, including burdock, have a variety of uses.
While people are known to eat young burdock leaves and stalks, particularly in Japanese cuisine, it is the burdock root that is valued for its medicinal value. Burdock roots are typically dug from young plants during the summer and dried. It is also possible to purchase burdock root extract, tincture or tea.
Common Burdock Root Uses
As an Alternative
In herbal medicine, an alterative is something that returns a bodily function to its previous state, such as by purifying the blood. Burdock root is known as an effective blood purifier. It works on the circulatory, lymphatic, urinary and respiratory systems by removing toxins.
Because of this ability, burdock is often used by those with skin conditions such as psoriasis. It is also useful in treating inflammatory ailments that affect the joints.
As a Diuretic
Burdock root is also known as a diuretic. It is sometimes used to increase urine output in order to flush toxins out of the body. If you currently suffer from dehydration, you should avoid burdock as it will make your dehydration worse.
As a Diaphoretic
A diaphoretic increases sweating. Burdock root is known as an herb that increases sweating and removing toxins from the body. It is also good for breaking fevers.
Burdock root uses in herbal medicine are common. Burdock is believed to be useful in treating several illnesses
Burdock root tea is often used to treat arthritis and other illnesses noted for swelling around the joints. Burdock reduces swelling, reliving pain from these conditions.
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