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Friday, October 24, 2008

Slippery Elm for Digestive Upsets

A great herb to keep on hand for digestive upsets in pets is slippery elm. The inner bark of the tree is used.

It is a nutrient and food for very young, old or very weak cats and dogs. Use slippery elm as a food in convalescence, mixed with a bit of honey and water. it tastes sweet and pets take to it readily.It coasts and heals all inflamed tissue internally and externally.

It is used for the stomach, ulcers, bowels, and kidneys, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery and colitis and the entire digestive tract.

Use it externally for wounds, burns, rashes, abscesses, boils or insect bites and internally for the lungs, coughing, vomiting and for stomach and bowel cancer.

For a poultice to bandage wounds, stir enough water into powdered bark to make a past and apply it to the affected area. Slippery elm bark contains special cells that expand into a spongy mass in the presence of liquid. Applied to thoroughly cleansed wounds, it dries to form an herbal bandage.

I use the powder straight from the capsule, sprinkled on pet's food. For a tea taken internally use 1 to 2 teaspoons of powdered herb per cup of water. Blend a little water in first to prevent lumpiness. Bring to biol and simmer 15 minutes.


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