Slippery Elm has been extensively used in herbal medicine for many centuries. It has pronounced cooling and nourishing properties that make it especially helpful for treating internal or external inflammation.
Typically, Slippery Elm is used as an "internal bandage" for inflammation or ulceration anywhere along the digestive tract, helping to soothe and heal damaged tissue.
It is also useful as a drawing agent when used as an external poultice. When mixed with water, it forms a gelatinous, gooey mass that helps to absorb foreign material or damaged tissue.