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Week of March 2, 2013 - Part 2 - What They Say About Slippery Elm

Saturday, March 02, 2013 8:08 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
What They Say About Slippery Elm

1755, James Smith: “In this month [February] we began to make sugar. As some of the elm bark strips at this season, the women, after finding a tree that will do, cut it down. With a crooked stick, broad and sharp at the end, they took the bark off the trees, and of this bark made vessels   that would hold about two gallons each. They made above one hundred of these. They also made bark vessels for carrying the maple water that would hold about four gallons each. . . . . They made the frost, in some measure, supply the place of fire, in making the sugar. Their large bark vessels, for holding the maple water, they made broad and shallow. The maple water freezes at night and the ice they break and cast out of the vessels. I observed that after several times freezing, the maple water that remained in the vessel changed in color and became brown and very sweet.” (from Use of Plants for the Past 500 Years, Charlotte Erichsen-Brown, Breezy Creeks, 1979)

7871, J. Shoepf, Materia Medica Americana
“Salve bark” is used to treat skin ulcers, abscesses, inflammations, burns, chilblains, boils, broken bones, syphilitic eruptions, and leprosy.

1859, Gunn
“It is so important an article that it may be had at almost any drugstore now in finely ground powder. . . .”

1931, Maude Grieve, A Modern Herbal
“The bark of the American Elm...is considered on of the most valuable remedies in herbal practice, the abundant mucilage it contains having wonderfully strengthening and healing qualities.  It. . . has a most soothing and healing action...[and] in addition possesses as much nutrition as. . . oatmeal. . .”

1968, Henrietta Rau, Healing with Herbs
“Red elm is one of the finest and most valuable remedies in the herbal world and should be in every home; there is nothing in this world to equal it. . . .”

1969, Alma Hutchens, Indian Herbalogy of North America
“. . .will sustain ulcerated and cancerous stomach [and bowels] when nothing else will.”

1976, Dr. Christopher, School of Natural Healing
“Slippery elm is one of the most valuable medicines in the herbal world.”

1977, John Heinerman, Herbal Medicines
“As a poultice, there is, perhaps, nothing within the bounds of medical knowledge equal to the Slippery Elm bark.”

2006, Steven Foster and Rebecca Johnson, Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine,
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognizes slippery elm as a safe and effective option for sore throat and cough.” “Slippery elm is one of four main ingredients in two of the most widely used herbal cancer treatments. . . .”

2010, Steven Foster, Rebecca Johnson; Tieraona Low Dog MD, and David Kiefer MD,  National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs
“Slippery elm is generally well tolerated. But it is not recommended for those with bile duct obstruction or gallstones.” “Other drugs should be taken one hour prior to or several hours after consumption of slippery elm, as it may slow the absorption of oral medications.”

“Beware of slippery elm respiratory formulas in capsules or tablets to be swallowed as this negates any demulcent action on the throat.”

Undated    “Here is a rare delight.  How good            
                 A medicine that is also food                  
                 For he who nothing takes besides              
                 For many days is well supplied.”                
                                    Attributed to Christmas Humphreys
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