Slippery Elm Powder for Delicate Stomachs

Slippery Elm Powder by Karimah bint Dawoud, muslim chaplain & well being writer.

This powdery herb is a little miracle for delicate stomachs, there has been a bug going round that I cant ignore,  and for the body to heal it self sometimee you need to take the stress off it but stopping animal products and also giving it a hand, sliperly elm is a food and a healer, it is what is know as a mucilage which menas it produce a sort of healthy slime that travels through the gut healing and  removing anything not very good.

There are diffrent qualites of slippery elm and for wheat intolerant folks like myself avoid the ones that are thinned down with flour, chick the ingredients or buy from a health shop that sells it pure.


Add 1 table spoon of the powder to  a cup with cold milk, I use soya and make into a paste, while boiling 3/4 cup of milk, add hot milk to the paste, slowly stirring in and then add a spoon of good honey.

Personally I add things like tumeric and ginger for added anti inflammatory purposes.

Slippery Elm Bark is a herb derived from the Elm (Ulmus) family. Native to Canada and the US, it can be found growing in the Appalachian Mountains. The inner bark is collected from trees which are at least 10 years old, and is mainly powdered for therapeutic use.

So what is slippery elm used for?

Soothing Slippery Elm was traditionally powdered and one of its main uses for Native Americans was as a poultice for boils, ulcers and for wounds in general. Other common uses included being used for colds or fevers and to soothe an irritated digestive system – one of its main purposes today.

I have a very delicate stomach, not in a bourgeois  colonialised way, but in an I’m allergic to wheat kind of way, bit of a sickly kid kind of way and fasting always scares me.My doctor’s has even said that because of my weak stomach, that they have wanted to shove a camera down there for years,  that I dont have to fast.

That’s not an option for me, I would feel left out, its not the same; fasting your eyes, ears, tongue, I enjoy going through the hardship, etc and feeling the sense of achievement by Allah’s grace at the end of the day…..its like spiritual mountain climbing.

slippery elm tree

I have found a solution in this wonderful natural herb called ” SLIPPERY ELM”

I have a mug of this at suhour pre fast time with hot soya milk , cinnamon, ginger and honey , then I eat my swiss bircheur muelsi. You can buy it in health shops , its a bit pricey£49 per kilo but a little goes a long way and you can buy it in 10 gramme packets.


 Health Benefits of Slippery Elm

Not many in the western world are aware of the medicinal herb slippery elm but it is one of the most powerful herbal medicines in the world.

Famed naturopath and herbalist Dr. John R. Christopher wrote, “Slippery Elm is one of the most valuable medicines in the herbal world.” While I am not a trained herbalist, I’ve been studying herbal medicine and have been a user of Slippery Elm for over 25 years. I can testify of its effectiveness from personal experience.

So, what are the health benefits of Slippery Elm? Well, before I go over some of its benefits, let’s give some basic botanical information that you may find useful.

For millenia, the herb known as Slippery Elm has been used as both food and medicine in many civilizations including Native American, Ayurvedic, traditional Chinese and even in Western medicine. Its botanical name is Ulmus fulva and is a member of the ulmaceae elm family.

Some of its common names are Slippery Elm, red elm, elm bark, moose elm, American elm, sweet elm, and rock elm. Its most common name is, of course, Slippery Elm.

Its identifying characteristics are it comes from a large tree, 50 to 65 feet high that is one to four feet thick. The bark is reddish-brown with the bark deeply furrowed in a strait perpendicular manner that is very rough.

The innermost layer that is next to the wood is white with a fibrous texture. The powder is very light brown in color (see the image below). Its taste is plain, distinctive and mucilaginous.

health benefits of slippery elm

Its therapeutic action is highly diversified including, but not limited to, nutritive, emollient, demulcent, tonic and expectorant. Slippery Elm is truly one of the most valuable herbal medicines, …no not just “herbal medicines” but one of the most valuable medicines in the world. Period.

Slippery Elm Health Benefits

Slippery Elm is one of nature’s best demulcent (soothing) herbs. This humble but remarkable herb can soothe, disperse and help the rapid healing of a host of ailments. It is especially helpful to irritated and inflamed flesh, like ulcers. It helps heal stomach ulcers and does so with a remarkable soothing, unlike cayenne pepper. I love cayenne pepper and its health benefits are nothing short of astonishing but cayenne will never be accused of as being a “soothing” herb. Paradoxically, cayenne helps heal ulcers as well but not to the smooth soothing of Slippery Elm.

Slippery Elm can help soothe sun burn as well as simultaneously heal. It is soothing and healing to mucous memgbranes internally or externally with wounds, chapped skin, or as mentioned burns.

When taken internally, it is highly nutritive and healing for all inflammatory conditions of the stomach, intestines, colon, and urinary organs. When combined with psyllium seed, it is a very potent drink that helps to evacuate the bowels and thus helps in relieving even the most persistent constipation.

As it is teeming with nutrients, it can be taken as a beverage or gruel for babies, the elderly or those suffering from stomach problems. The Slippery Elm gruel, while not delicious to the taste (it’s very bland tasting) is a valuable remedy for lung hemorrhage and other pulmonary complaints.

The demulcent and mucilaginous nature is so gentle that the powder can be retained and assimilated by even the most sick or delicate stomachs — even in babies.

For those with a weak stomach and can’t hold anything down, Slippery Elm will be well received and not ejected out. In such an instance, it should be taken as a gruel with the powder mixed with water (the more purified the water, the better).

Here is a list of some of its multi-faceted medicinal uses:

  • Gastric ulcers
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Flatulence
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Gangrenous wounds or sores
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Painful urine
  • Acne
  • Skin eruptions like boils, carbuncles, abscesses
  • Dysentery
  • Sore throat
  • Poison ivy (will relieve and heal when used as a poultice)
  • Vaginal irritation
  • Burns, e.g., sunburn, regular burns, any kind of burns really
  • Sore throat

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Mashaallah…thank u for sharing,sist….I’m frequently have asthma,bronchitis,& heartburn…jazakallahkhair

  2. Hamedah says:

    Salam Karimah, are you completely heal from ulcer by taking slippery elm and how long does it takes to see result?
    Reason for me to ask is because I am currently suffering from ulcer and need help desperately. have been trying so many product but nothing help.


    1. wa alaikum sallam, jazakalkhayrun, no i am not healed, its my own fault, because of my naffs and sometimes politeness i eat things i should not like meat and white flour and i don’t drink slippery elm enough, i went for a blood test three years ago when i had hijaama with a man hold on let me give you his number, david parker

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