SLIPPERY ELM (Ulmus fulva) is an antacid, astringent, expectorant, and nutritive. Slippery Elm is a very soothing and nutritive herb. It is an excellent food for convalescence and for children. It can be mixed with oatmeal and flavored with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Its soothing action helps to alleviate gastrointestinal irritation as well as irritated, sore throats, coughs, and dryness of the lungs. It is easily assimilated in the body and will usually stay down when all other foods cause nausea and vomiting. Slippery Elm is beneficial for both constipation and diarrhea. Indications include: weak digestive system; chest diseases; diarrhea; constipation; irritation of the colon and intestines; spasming colon and bowel; dysentery; digestive upset. As a poultice, it is very healing for ulcers, wounds, boils, and bedsores.