Slippery Elm Bark: A Great American Tradition!

We thought we’d share an herb that played an important part in our American History. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington’s army actually ate and survived off the inner bark of the Slippery Elm Tree through the bitter winter at Valley Forge. Before that, Native Americans had used it for hundreds of years. Amazing right?

Slippery Elm Bark has many simple and effective uses for our everyday lives. The main thing to remember is that it is very nourishing for the entire digestive system. It can help soothe an irritated throat, it helps the body neutralize stomach acid, and it can assist in lubricating the bowels which can make elimination easier. Whether someone is dealing with diarrhea or constipation, Slippery Elm Bark is a great herb for helping normalize the digestive issue. Look up Slippery Elm Bark in your Little Herb Encyclopedia and find an easy recipe for Slippery Elm Gruel. Give it a try and tell us what you think!