slippery elm(redirected from sweet elm)
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1. An elm (Ulmus rubra syn. U. fulva) of eastern North America, having hard wood and mucilaginous, aromatic inner bark.
2. The powdered inner bark of this tree, used medicinally.
slippery elmHerbal medicine
A deciduous tree that contains mucilage, starch and tannins; its inner bark is emollient and mildly astringent. Slippery elm has been used internally for coughs, diarrhoea, gastrointestinal inflammation, constipation, menstrual and renal dysfunction and sore throat; it is used topically for burns, wounds and dry skin.
Contact dermatitis caused by powdered bark.
An herbal remedy used as a demulcent or as a poultice.