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Slippery Elm bark is a highly nutritive food. The soft inner bark can be fed as a healing food, to anyone suffering illness. It is easily digestible, and usually fed in a porridge or mixed with oatmeal. Slippery Elm's mucilage properties make it effective for soothing irritated mucous membranes and the digestive tract.
Slippery Elm is useful as a binder for making pills, boluses and as a natural dusting powder to keep your herbal drops from sticking together. It is also used in a gentle body powder, in salves and lip balms and other skin soothing balms. Because of Dutch Elm Disease and over harvesting, it would be best to purchase from a conscientious herbal dealer.