Slippery Elm Powder – Magic Dust

For anyone who’s suffered from reflux, heartburn, indigestion, GERD, ulcerative colitis, Crohns, constipation or diarrhoea, they’ll know just how 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.

slippery-elmNot wanting to take any of the antacids and other medications suggested by most baby books and websites I turned to something else..  Slippery Elm Bark Powder..

The reason I refer to it 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 a capsule, from my experience my preference has always been to take the powder as I’ve seen it to be more effective than capsules, however in saying that I was only speaking to a patient the other day who had suffered with heartburn and had been taking medication for the past 9 years. She had purchased capsules instead of the powder and was finding it to be very effective in calming down her symptoms.  In fact she hadn’t needed to take her medication since using the Slippery Elm, much to her delight so the choice is yours.

When taking Slippery Elm here’s a couple of tips: (it’s important to get professional advice, the below are just some tips for short term relief)

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

If you get heartburn, instead of reaching for the antacids then try a 1-2 teaspoons of slippery elm mixed in either some warm water or, if you’re like me and find it difficult to drink down, mix it in a small amount of yogurt.

For constipation it’s better to take it 2-4 times per day in higher quantities (1-2 well rounded teaspoons) and for diarrhoea generally it’s best to take in lower doses (1 level teaspoon) 2-4 times per day.

If you have a longer term condition or are pregnant then I 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 generally I recommend taking it around 2 hours away from other medications.

Until next time stay calm and stay healthy.




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