Slippery elm is a natural remedy known for its demulcent properties, much like marshmallow root. What makes it effective is its inner bark, which contains a substance called mucilage. When mixed with water, this mucilage forms a slippery, gel-like substance.
This gooey material coats the irritated or inflamed areas in the body, particularly in the throat and digestive system. When you consume slippery elm in the form of teas, lozenges, or other preparations, this coating action helps soothe the discomfort caused by sore throats, dry coughs, or even digestive issues like gastritis or heartburn.
By forming this protective layer, slippery elm provides a barrier that can reduce irritation and potentially support the healing process. It's like a natural shield that eases discomfort and allows the affected areas to recover more comfortably.