Intestinal System #670-7 (100)
Classification: Mucilagious herb
Grown widely throughout North America, slippery elm is also known by the names Red Elm, Moose Elm and Indian Elm. The plant contains mucilage, a long chain of sugars (polysaccharides) that make a slippery substance when combined with water. This mucilage is believed to soothe the digestive system. Slippery elm is also rich in nutrients and is easy to digest, making it an excellent food to replace those that may cause digestive discomfort. In times of famine, early American settlers used it as a survival food; it is said that George Washington and his troops survived for several days on slippery elm gruel during the bitter winter at Valley Forge. This herb is high in niacin, riboflavin and thiamin.