By Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim chaplain & well being writer.
Slippery Elm

Stomach Bug? Diarrhoea? Leaky Gut Syndrome? Don’t Feel Like Eating ? Ulcer?

There is a bug going round at the moment in the UK and one of its symptoms is diarrhoea, I have seen it with my own eyes in people I know. I have also seen that these people are trapped in the mentality of their own culture and even though they are sick, will not try the natural remedies of another culture…more fool them.
In Islam we believe that God has provide a cure in nature for all illness except death.
Abu Hurayrah (one of the companions of prophet Muhammad, salah la laihi wa salem, peace and blessings of Allah/God be upon him) narrates that The Prophet pbuh said:
“There is no disease that Allah has created, except that He also has created its remedy.”
Bukhari 7.582

From Native American Indian culture there comes a wonderful remedy for this illness called Slippery Elm. Its fine, creamy, fluffy powder that comes from inside the bark of a tree. I have used this remedy on more than one occasion and its works alhamduliah.

It provides nourishment for the patient. Its therapeutic properties are not limited to nutritive but its also an demulcent which means its soothing from in its form of mucilage ( slimy like okra) its soothes the inflamed mucous membranes of the stomach and intestine . We need to have more mature attitude to food as medicine, may people to their own detriment do not like things like okra or rhubarb because they are slimy but in this sliminess or “drawing” as we Africans like to call it, is the healing.
At this point I would also have to say, “grow up or stay sick!” We have become so disconnected with nature that if something is not “nice” or “easy” to eat then we start whining like a spoilt little child.
This is an amazing herb and considered one of the most important healing herbs in the world. You can get it from commercial health shops but the quality is diluted by adding flour which is not good for patients with sensitive stomachs. Buy it from your local health shop, it’s a bit expensive but worth every penny.

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 cinnamon , tumeric and ginger for added anti inflammatory purposes.

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