Slippery Elm Recipes

slippery-elmSLIPPERY ELM RECIPES

Slippery Elm Lozenges
Slippery Elm Lozenges used to be available in any drugstore as a standard comfort measure for sore throats. Nowadays they can still be found under the brand name Thayer’s in co-ops, health food stores or through herb suppliers. They are also remarkably easy to make at home.
1 Tbsp Slippery Elm bark powder
1 tsp honey
Optional: 1 drop essential oil to flavor

1. Put the Slippery Elm powder into a bowl.
2. Make a little nest in it and add the honey.
3. Carefully work the powder into the honey until it is a stiff dough that can be rolled into small, hard, pea-sized pills.
4. Store in refrigerator.
These are very effective lozenges to sooth the throat, dispel hoarseness, and allay coughs. Each Tbsp of powder yields about 10 pea-sized lozenges.

Sore Throat Lozenges
This formula can be made the same way as the Slippery Elm lozenges, using the healing powers of several powdered herbs working together. The soothing, throat-coating Licorice, the immune-enhancing Echinacea and Goldenseal, and the chocolate-like flavor of the Carob powder all combine to make tasty medicinal lozenges.
1 Tbsp Slippery Elm powder
1 Tbsp Licorice Root powder
1 Tbsp Carob powder
2 tsp Echinacea powder
1 tsp Goldenseal powder
4 drops essential oil (optional)

1. Mix powders together into a bowl.
2. Make a little nest in it and add the honey.
3. Carefully work the powder into the honey until it is a stiff dough that can be rolled into small, hard, pea-sized pills.
4. Store in refrigerator.
This recipe makes about 50 ‘pills’. These are excellent relief for sore or strep throat.

Slippery Elm Sore Throat Tea
This tea uses the healing attributes of several different roots, barks, and seeds together in a synergistic formula. It is quite tasty and effective in soothing sore throats. You may have to order some of the herbs from an herb supplier to make this. I like to mix my winter teas well ahead of the time I’ll be needing them, so I am sure to have time to secure all the necessary ingredients.
½ cup Slippery Elm bark (not powdered)
½ cup Fennel Seed
½ cup Marshmallow root
½ cup Cinnamon bark
½ cup Orange peel
3 Tbsp Comfrey root
3 Tbsp Licorice root

1. Mix all the roots, barks, seeds and peels together. This makes about 2 cups of a beautiful tea mixture, pleasing to the eye.
2. To brew the tea, use 1 Tbsp mixture per cup of water.
3. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes.
4. Add 1 tsp honey per cup if desired.

Slippery Elm Stomach Soothing Tea
This tea was so successful at healing a severe case of acid reflux that the doctor was inquiring after the recipe! A friend of mine avoided an imminent surgery using this formula.
1 cup Slippery Elm bark (not powdered)
½ cup Licorice root
½ cup Comfrey root
2 cups Comfrey leaf
2 cups Mint

1. Mix the roots and the barks together and store in a glass jar.
2. Mix the Comfrey and Mint leaves together into a separate jar.
This makes about 4 cups of tea mixture, enough for about one week of daily consumption.
3. Put ½ cup root and bark mixture into 1 quart water and simmer gently for about 30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, boil 1 quart water and pour over ½ cup Comfrey/Mint mixture.
5. After the roots and barks have simmered for 30 minutes, combine with the leaf infusion. Cover and let sit and steep for several hours or overnight.
6. After steeping, strain tea into glass jars or juice bottles and store in the refrigerator.
You should have about a quart and a half or 6 cups of tea.
7. Drink this tea cold throughout the day, instead of water.
Take about 3 cups each day for severe acid reflux condition, ulcers or other acid stomach conditions.

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