Slippery Elm Products
A few centuries past in North America the inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree was considered a great commodity since it could heal your body inside and out. Indigo Herbs is now offering you this ancient Native American high quality treatment in its purest form of Slippery Elm Bark Powder. This ingredient can be either mixed up for internal consumption or made into a topical paste for treating the skin. We think you’ll agree it has great qualities for helping lower intestine problems and skin problems.
The Elm is one of many trees that are revered by the Northern Tribes of Native Americans. The Slippery Elm grows in the North East of the American continent where it was used as a gathering point of neutrality for certain tribes. Under the Elm they would make treaties and barter with neighbouring tribes. The Slippery Elm was also held sacred because it could help heal wounds, comfort an upset stomach and be prepared into a nourishing emergency food. Today scientists have remarked that the inner bark of the Slippery Elm when dried and milled into a flour has nearly the same nutritional content as oats porridge. George Washington and his men survived on little else but Slippery Elm bark for 12 days during the siege of Valley Forge in 1777. Some historians have noted that if George Washington’s soldiers hadn’t of know about the Slippery Elm as a food then the American War of Independence could have had a very different outcome.
Slippery Elm is a deciduous tree that can grow to around 60 feet tall. The inner bark is reddish and is slimy to the touch. The leaves are a light lime green with an asymmetrical shape with a velvety sheen. Buds and flowers are red when first emerging and turn into red tinted stalked bunches that resemble sea urchins. The seeds are encased in a papery ‘wing’ that when released by the tree uses the wind to carry them off to distant locations.