This is a fantastic post from one of my wonderful naturopath friends. Slippery elm is a wonder herb for heart burn, IBS, IBD and chronic constipation. It’s also really great for feed the good bacteria in your bowel. I love Kathleen’s method for dosing it, as it takes a brave soul to drink it in cold water! I recommend making a tea from it, with a spoonful of honey, but this is my new favourite way to take it.
For those of you that experience regular bouts of indigestion or heartburn, I have an excellent and dead-easy home remedy for you: slippery elm lozenges. Earlier in the week I posted about pregnancy heartburn, what causes it, how common it is and my top tips for reducing symptoms. These lozenges were mentioned, as they can be used safely throughout pregnancy. It should also be noted that they are great for anyone, i.e. non-pregnant folk, who experience reflux.
Firstly, let me give you a quick run down on slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), an all-round hero of herbal medicine and truly excellent remedy to have on hand in your pantry.
The bark of the slippery elm tree had been used for centuries in herbal medicine, with remedies requiring both topical application (as a healing balm for wounds) and oral ingestion (for sore throats, digestive upsets, etc).
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