Slippery Elm Bark

Slippery Elm Bark

Elm trees are native to the Appalachian Mountain region in the eastern part of North America. Traditionally, the elm leaves were collected, dried, and used as a tea or skin wash. Natives used the inner bark of the tree for food because it is easily digested and is high in carbohydrates. Natives also used slippery elm to waterproof their baskets, canoes, and dwelling places. Early colonists made a pudding of elm with milk and eggs; it was used to thicken jelly, to prevent grease from going rancid and they carried it on trips as a survival food. Elm was considered very useful for helping with symptoms related to arthritis, gout, toothache, and all kinds of skin injuries. Internally it was used to eliminate intestinal worms as well as to relieve stomach aches and coughs.
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