Magickal uses include protection and halting gossip.
Tie a knotted yellow thread around slippery elm and throw it into a fire to cease all gossip about you.
Also Called: Red Elm, Moose Elm, Sweet Elm, Indian Elm
The inner bark is demulcent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, nutritive.
It has a soothing and healing effect on all parts of the body that it comes into contact with and is used in the treatment of sore throats, indigestion, digestive irritation, stomach ulcers etc.
It used to be frequently used as a food that was a nutritive tonic for the old, young and convalescents. It was also applied externally to fresh wounds, burns and scalds.
The bark has been used as an antioxidant to prevent fats going rancid.
The whole bark, including the outer bark, has been used as a mechanical irritant to abort foetuses. Its use became so widespread that it is now banned in several countries.