Slippery elm bark, botanically known as Ulmus rubra, is a deciduous tree which can grow up to 65 feet. It belongs to the Ulmaceae family is widely found in the USA and Canada. It is marked by its distinguishing feature .i.e. the outer reddish-brown bark and slimy red inner bark. It is the inner bark that offers the medicinal perks.
The tree further sets itself apart from others by producing reddish-brown buds, velvety twigs, and slippery inner bark. The flowers of elm bark trees are composed in a clustered fashion, usually 10 to 20 in a single cluster. The inner bark of slippery elm is of immense importance as its demulcent property aids in attenuating inflammation, gastrointestinal tract disorders, respiratory tract disorders, and urinary tract disorders. Slippery elm bark is also used to pace up wound healing and ameliorating skin disorders.
By the time the world came across the 19th century, the herbalists and physicians approved the use of slippery elm bark in managing tuberculosis, pleurisy, and pneumonia. If given in excessive doses, slippery elm bark is liable to respond as anthelminthic as it can eradicate the tapeworms from the gastrointestinal tract. The mucilaginous poultices of slippery elm bark can reduce the spirits of abscesses, boils, burns, syphilis, herpes, and leprosy.