Organic Slippery Elm Bark Size: 50 grams / 1.76 oz Latin Name: Ulmus Rubra Origin: USA Organically cultivated. For use on hair and skin. Suitable for all skin and hair types. A mucilage rich herbal powder. Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly.
What is it? Also known as Moose Elem, Red Elm, Ulmus Fulva, Sweet Elm and Indian Elm. Slippery elm is large deciduous tree that is native to the United States and Canada that can grow as high as almost 21 meters. It’s a mucilaginous plant that is commonly used for medical purposes and in personal care products.
What’s in it? This is all thanks to the nutrient rich inner bark of the branches which contains beta-sitosterol, campestrol, tannin, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, beta-carotene and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C. Slippery elm also contains antioxidants that help relieve inflammation as well as procyanidins, a flavonoid, which improves the strength of hair; making naturally curly hair resistant to breakage. Procyanidin oligomers have been clinically tested to “activate hair follicle growth”
Source: Tsukuba Research Laboratories, Kyowa Hakko Kogyo, Ibaraki, Japan.
For your skin and hair: Slippery elm mucilage is extremely similar to that of linseed/flaxseed but does not dissolve instead it swells in water to produce a thick gel. It only takes 10 grams of the slippery elm powder added it to an ounce (30ml) of water to achieve a gel like substance.
When applied topically, slippery elm soothes inflamed tissues and also works wonders as a poultice for external wounds. Basic recipe: Herbal Hair Tea / Final Rinse: (Use to detangle and define naturally curly and Afro hair)
- Pour 235 ml of boiling water over 3 grams (roughly 2 tablespoons) of Slippery elm powder - Steep for 3 – 5 minutes - Strain and pour the liquid into a clean spray bottle
This recipe may also be used as a final hair rinse, used after you shampoo and to replace off-the-shelf conditioners. Massage into your hair, leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse and style as usual.
Store unused portion in the fridge and use within 5 days.
DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT OR LACTATING FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY
Disclaimer: The data provided above is for informational purposes only & should in no way be construed as medical advice. It is intended to educate the consumer on the benefits of each specific plant derived ingredient and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or illness.
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