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Alternative Names

Indian Elm, Moose Elm, Olmo Americano, Orme, Orme Gras, Orme Rouge, Orme Roux, Red Elm, Sweet Elm

Scientific Name

Ulmus rubra

Why Do People Use Slippery Elm ?

Oral preparations of ulmus rubra (Slippery elm), like slippery elm powder, are used for sore throat, coughs, diarrhea issues, colic, hemorrhoids, constipation problems, cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), urinary inflammation, urinary tract infections, syphilis, herpes, for expelling tapeworms. Slippery elm powder is also used for protecting against duodenal and stomach ulcers, diverticulitis, for colitis, for acidity issues, GI inflammation and as an abortifacient. Topically - Slippery elm is also used topically for rheumatism, gout, boils, cold sores, ulcers, burns and wounds, abscesses, for sore throat, toothaches and as a lubricant to ease labor. In manufacturing - Slippery elm is also used in some manufacturing practices for example for adult nutritionals, some baby foods and in some oral lozenges used for soothing throat pain.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly Safe - Oral and for appropriate time consumption of slippery is considered safe use. Likely Unsafe during Pregnancy And Breast Feeding - There in is no information available to rate the safety of slippery elm during pregnancy and lactation however bark part of slippery elm has historically been inserted into the cervix to provoke abortion. Because of this, slippery elm has been reported in some sources to have abortifacient effects. Therefore, it should be avoided in these conditions.

How Effective Is Slippery Elm ?

Slippery elm is considered likely effective for following conditions/disease: Sore Throat - According to clinical experiments, it is recommended that Slippery elm has demulcent effects and is added to lozenges which can relax sore throats.

How Slippery Elm Works?

The most effective part of ulmus rubra is the inner bark rind. The basic constituent associated with slippery elm is mucilages. They are responsible for slippery elm's emollient and demulcent effects. Orally used slippery elm preparations may lead to reflex stimulation of nerve endings in the GI tract because of mucous secretion. This induced mucous may secure the GI tract against excessive acidity and ulcers. Researches also suggest that tannin constituents have astringent effects. There are some species of oleoresins, which are responsible for contact dermatitis.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Slippery Elm ?

Extract of slippery elm maybe responsible for contract dermatitis. The pollen in it is an allergen.

How Slippery Elm Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Not known.

How Slippery Elm Interacts With Drugs?

ORAL DRUGS - Interaction rating between slippery elm powder and various drugs is moderate, so be careful about this mixture. This mixture may reduce serum levels and slow the absorption of orally administered drugs because of mucilage content.

How Slippery Elm Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Slippery Elm Interacts With Lab Tests?

Not known.

How Slippery Elm Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Not known.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Slippery Elm ?

ORAL Generally people use powdered form of inner bark (with ratio 1:8 as a decoction) in a dosage of 4 to 16 mL thrice every day. As a nutritional supplement, four grams powdered inner bark is mixed with 500 mL boiling water. Such mixture should be orally taken thrice every day. Alcohol containing extract of slippery elm is also used (with ratio of 1:1 in 60% concentrated) in a dose of 5 mL thrice daily. TOPICAL As a poultice, many individuals generally use the coarse powdered inner bark mixed with boiling water.


Don’t mix the inner bark and whole bark. Commercial lozenges with slippery elm are preferred to the native herb when utilized for sore throat and cough because they give balanced release of mucilage to the throat.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Slippery Elm Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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