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Making Slippery Elm powder?


Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:45 am

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Does anyone know how Slippery Elm powder is made from the raw bark?

I have lots of elm hedges around my property and would like to make some for myself but can't seem to find any information on how it is made. The bark is brown but the powder is always a creamy pale yellowish color.

Post Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:40 pm

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Slippery elm isn't like most herbs though, where you're just consuming a tea or tincture extracted from it. Usually with this you actually taking the whole thing to coat the stomach lining, so I would think the outer bark would be a problem?

I just found this in The Holistic Herbal: "The bark is stripped from the trunk and large branches in the spring. Ten year old bark is recommended"

Post Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:18 pm
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Vortex wrote:
Slippery elm isn't like most herbs though, where you're just consuming a tea or tincture extracted from it. Usually with this you actually taking the whole thing to coat the stomach lining...


Actually the tea is quite effective as well. Cold infusion is better than hot.

Vortex wrote:
I just found this in The Holistic Herbal: "The bark is stripped from the trunk and large branches in the spring. Ten year old bark is recommended"


The bark from younger branches contains plenty of mucilage too. Larger branches are better because it's easier to get the inner bark off. Also, you needn't use Slippery elm specifically. Any of the other elm species will work as well. Slippery elm is on the ropes as a species between the herbalists and Dutch elm disease. Use Chinese elm or some other rascal. I'd just use marshmallow personally.

The fresh, green elm seeds are full of mucilage as well. Tasty rascals too.

Doc


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