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The healing power of red elm

  1. Red elm is a deciduous tree that originates only in eastern North America. It can reach a height of 20 meters and be 200 years old. The tree has been introduced in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. The red elm has edible parts; knowing the edibility of trees like these means you never have to go hungry in difficult times. In addition, the red elm has various medicinal uses. It is used, among other things, for problems in the respiratory tract, urinary tract and in the intestines and stomach.


  1. Edibility red elm Traditionally, use red elm Naming Active substances Red elm, good for mucosal inflammation Other medicinal effects of red elm Dose and safety Visit a doctor or herbalist

Edibility red elm

  1. The leaves of the red elm can be eaten raw or cooked. The inner bark is excellent to dry, after which they can be used as a thickener in, for example, a soup. It can also be added to dough to make bread. A tea can also be made from the inner bark. The fruit of this tree can also be eaten; it is often eaten while unripe.

Traditional use red elm

  1. The inner bark contains a thicker mucus; therefore this tree is called slippery elm in English. This slime can be dried in powder or can be made into a drink. It is said that when the inner bark is 10 years old, the bark is at its most healthy. Coarser parts are used for external use in the form of covers and the finer powder is better suited for internal use. Along with some other herbs such as rheum palmatum, rumex acetosella and arctium lappa, respectively Chinese or Russian rhubarb, sheep sorrel and burdock, red elm is used in the herbal tea formula called essiac invented by Caisse. Essiac tea is mainly made in the U.S. popular. Essiac is Caisse written in reverse. This tea is said to work against cancer. Strangely enough, there has never been any solid research that supports or undermines this statement. Red elm has traditionally always been used for throat problems, indigestion, digestive irritations and stomach ulcers. Furthermore, it is a tonic, tonic for everyone but especially for young people, old people and convalescing patients. It is used externally to treat skin and burn wounds. One controversial practice is to use the inner bark to perform an abortion; for this reason, the use of red elm bark is prohibited in several countries.


  1. In Latin, red elm is called Ulmus rubra. Ulmus is a universal word for elm in all languages; In Dutch we say olm, in English: elm, in German ulme, in French orme and in Spanish olmo. Rubra means 'red' in Latin

Active ingredients

  1. The inner part of the bark of red elm is used for phytotherapeutic purposes. It contains the following important active ingredients: mucilages such as digestible polysaccharides based on galactose, 3-methylgalactose, rhamnose and galacturonic acid, tannins, oligomeric procyanides, resins and minerals.

Red elm, good for mucosal inflammation

  1. The inner bark of red elm is a soothing agent for the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. It ensures that someone with swollen mucous membranes has to cough less. It contains disinfectant substances and there are substances that provide an astringent or astringent effect. It is used in phytotherapy for all kinds of disorders related to inflamed mucous membranes:

Other medicinal effects of red elm

  1. The polysaccharides in red elm ensure that moisture is absorbed by the powder of the inner bark. This, along with its astringent effect, makes red elm a good remedy for treating diarrhea. A cover with red elm is used for skin problems such as burns, abscesses, ulcers and even bruises.

Dose and Safety

  1. Red elm is a very safe herb to use. However, keep in mind that you cannot combine it if you are taking medications or supplements. Red elm reduces the absorption of medicines and supplements.

Visit a doctor or herbalist

  1. Much of the information about the medicinal plant mentioned in this article comes from Geert Verhelst's book Great Handbook of Medicinal Plants. That is a handbook in phytotherapy. However, it is not suitable for self-healing. Anyone who is bothered by something should visit a doctor or phytotherapist for a proper diagnosis and choice of the best remedies, tailored to your personal situation. The knowledge and science mentioned here is of a purely informational nature.

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