Slippery Elm Bark for Ulcers?

slippery-elm-treeI don’t even remember where I got this from, but it was a life saver for my husband back in 1987. He was having severe abdominal pains that prevented him from being able to work. The doctor diagnosed him as having several peptic ulcers in his stomach causing the pain.

So, I dived into my box of remedies and found what was called “Slippery Elm Gruel”. My husband didn’t like the taste of most of my home-spun remedies and usually balked at them. But he actually liked this one and enjoyed taking it!

His pain subsided within 2 hours and he was able to go back to work the next day. He continued the regimen for 2 weeks to make sure the ulcers healed. I’m glad to say that they never reoccurred. The Slippery Elm Bark did the trick! It’s a mucilaginous herb and so it soothes and heals mucous linings and tissues.

Here’s the recipe:

Slippery Elm Gruel


1/2 tsp. Slippery Elm Bark Powder

1 cup milk or almond milk

1 tsp. honey

a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg


  1. Make a paste of the slippery elm bark and honey.
  2. Bring milk just to the boiling point (small bubbles around the edges).
  3. Stir in the slippery elm mixture as it reaches boiling point.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir 5-10 seconds adding cinnamon or nutmeg.
  6. Drink while warm.
  7. Do this 3x daily.


Note: You can get Slippery Elm powder at herb shops or health food stores that carry herbs. 



Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 

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