Discovering Wild Medicinals: Slippery Elm
We all know that it's best to make food choices that won't cause us indigestion in the first place, but sometimes our best efforts are derailed, particularly during the holiday season. Thankfully we have the wonderful herbal ally Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra), a remedy that has been used in North America for centuries to treat heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, as well as sore throats and coughs.
I recently had heartburn for the first time in my life so I turned to Slippery Elm for help. She didn't disappoint. As a tea, or as a lozenge, this powdered herb is soothing and quite tasty too. So get your hands sticky with the recipe below; it was passed along to me by my mentor Susun Weed, for which I am thankful.
Slippery Elm Lozenges
2 tablespoons of local honey
4 tablespoons of slippery elm powder
Directions: On a plate, spoon 2 tablespoons of honey, followed by 4 tablespoons of slippery elm. With a fork, mix the honey and powder into a doughy-textured paste and then separate the mixture into small balls, about the size of a chestnut. Add more powder if the lozenges are too sticky and use your fingers to press into a round lozenge shape. Put them in the refrigerator overnight or longer, as this will help to solidify them (though they will remain quite soft). When needed as a digestive aid, put a lozenge in the side of your cheek and let it dissolve over a period of 20 minutes or longer. Can be used multiple times a day if needed. Enjoy!