Slippery Elm – Magic Dust

For anyone who’s suffered from reflux, heartburn, indigestion, bloating, GERD, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohns, constipation or diarrhoea, they’ll know just ho uncomfortable and inconvenient these conditions can be.

Until I was pregnant I’d never suffered from heartburn but being quite small in stature, as the babies grew I found myself suffering more and more, to the point where I was almost sleeping sitting upright by the end of the pregnancy.

Not wanting to take any of the antacids and other medication suggested by most baby books and websites i turned to something else…

Slippery Elm Bark Powder.

The reason I refer to Slippery Elm Powder as magic dust is because, as I tell my patients, it looks like brown dust. It’s very fine in texture, almost dusty looking, and when mixed with water becomes very sticky and thick which is perfect as it’s designed to line, seal, heal and soothe the digestive tract from mouth to anus and will calm even the most stubborn pain.

Slippery Elm can be taken as a powder or as a capsule, from my experience, given my issue was relating to reflux, i found the powder to be more effective, however if your issues are further down the digestive tract you may be fine with taking the capsules.

In saying all of this I did have a patient in recent time who suffered with heartburn and had been taking medication for the past 9 years. She purchased the capsules instead of teh powder and was finding it to be very effective in calming down her symptoms, to the point where she hadn’t needed to take her medication since starting the Slippery Elm, much to her delight.

If you’re choosing to take the powder then for the brave I recommend dissolving it in some warm water, dusting with a little cinnamon or nutmeg if you like and just getting it down.

For the less brave, like myself, mix it with some yogurt or coconut yogurt, add a little cinnamon and vanilla essence, mix it thoroughly and have it that way.

No matter which way you choose to go, Slippery Elm could just be a good option for you. If you decide to give it a go then I have a few tips you may like to know, it is important, however, to get professional advice as the following are tips for short term relief.


If you’re going out for dinner and you know it’s something that may give yo indigestion or pain, take some Slippery Elm (about 1-2 level teaspoons) before you go to protect the digestive tract.


If you get heartburn, instead of reaching for the antacids, try 1-2 teaspoons of Slippery Elm and see if that does the trick instead.


If you suffer constipation then it’s better to take it 2-4 times daily in higher quantities to get the bowels moving (1-2 well rounded teaspoons).


If you suffer diarrhoea then it’s generally better to take a lower dose (1 level teaspoon) 2-4 times per day.

Whilst there are some hints and tips for ways you can use Slippery Elm Powder, if you have a chronic condition or are pregnant then I highly recommend seeing a professional before embarking on self diagnosis and treatment.

It’s also important to note, if you’re taking other medications Slippery Elm can slow the absorption of those so I recommend taking it around 2 hours away from other medications.

From the team at Mumma’s Own.


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