Herbs Guide

Slippery Elm

Family Name: Ulmaceae

Botanical Name(s): Ulmus rubra Muhl

Popular Name(s): Red Elm, Gray Elm, Soft Elm, Moose Elm

Parts Used: The inner bark

Habitat: Slippery Elm is found in the United States and Canada.

Description: Slippery Elm is a deciduous tree which reaches to a height of 10-20 meter and its leaves are 10-18 cm long. The flowers occur in clusters and appear before the leaves. Its fruit are oval shaped and contains a single seed.

Uses: The inner bark of Slippery Elm is used to prepare gruel. The mucilage present in it is an excellent remedy for sore throats and it cures stomach problems also.