This popular Native American salve has been used for centuries by just about everyone who has encountered it. Used to create a soothing balm for the throat and gastrointestinal tract, it is also packed full of helpful antioxidants.
There are certain tonics, medicines and dietary supplements in this world that make you wonder, just how did they come up with that? Swanson Slippery Elm Bark is one such creation. Discovered by Native Americans who mixed the bark of the tree with water to create a potent herbal remedy, it has been used by everyone from English colonists through to civil war soldiers since.
The Ulmus fulva tree is an often towering creature known to grow throughout North America, where it can reach up to an impressive 65 feet tall. Flourishing most prominently in the Appalachian mountains, it is often also referred to as a ‘Red Elm' (owing to its reddish heartwood).
When added to water, the bark of the Slippery Elm turns into a sort of glue like paste known as a mucilage. What its discoverers soon realised was that this mucilage could be used for its cooling effect on and in the human body. They began applying it to wounds to soothe and relieve them. They even noticed that as it hardened, they could use the mucilage to create bandages.
This was a tradition continued well into the American civil war when soldiers took use of the Slippery Elm Bark one step further, creating poultices for broken arms and legs. Whatever the era, Swanson Slippery Elm Bark has always had its role to play in keeping our bodies protected and safe from harm.
To this day, this mystical, arboreal salve still has an incredibly relevant purpose. Far from wrapping it around meat to keep it fresh (as the Native Americans did), now Swanson Slippery Elm Bark is taken orally to help soothe the throat and promote healthy mucus in the gastrointestinal tract (as the Native Americans did!).
In fact, it already enjoys a long history of being taken orally to soothe sore throats, bronchitis, diarrhea and other stomach problems. The difference is that now we understand the science behind why Swanson Slippery Elm Bark works.
The mucilage created by Swanson Slippery Elm Bark is actually an active polysaccharide - one that helps to activate the reflux stimulation of nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract. The result is increased mucus secretion and while that may sound like a bad thing, it is actually great news.
That extra mucus can help to line the gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity as well as helping to soothe on a more general level.
Swanson Slippery Elm Bark offers you a window into the past to a time when this magical tree was harnessed for its unbelievable protective value, both internally and externally.
As a dietary supplement, take two capsules per day with water.
Other Ingredients: Gelatin, may contain one or more of the following: microcrystalline cellulose (plant fibre), magnesium stearate, silica.
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WARNING: Not to be taken by women who are pregnant, attempting to conceive or lactating.