I do not know what is going on over here in our house hold, but we have been sick with various illnesses for 2 1/2 months straight. Our twins, who are 2.8 years old, seem to have been hit the hardest. I especially worry about them because, due to their prematurity, they have Chronic Pulmonary Displasia. Recently, this is what they have been contending with: they get a cold, they get rid of it, and in 10 days, they have a cold again. When our kids suffer from multiple illnesses, my first thought is, “What are they eating?” But my twins have a fabulous diet. I have heard that the area we live in has had record high air pollutants, so maybe that’s the problem. But, whatever the problem, we needed a solution. My usual approach is to apply essential oils. But my essential oils have just not been cutting the mustard so to speak. This time Luke’s coughing was relentless. So, when my girl friend, Lisa, suggested Slippery Elm Bark, I hopped on the internet and did a little research. From what I have read, it works for respiratory and digestive problems. Off to the health food store I went to purchase me some tree bark.
While I was at the health food store, I got a call from my older kids reporting that Luke had coughed so much he threw up multiple times.
In my research, I read that one way to administer the Slippery Elm, is to take a couple of tablespoons of the Slippery Elm Bark Powder, mix it with honey or maples syrup, maybe add a little water, all to make a dough like consistency. Once you have your dough, make the dough into little balls.
Each time Luke would cough I would give him a “Bark Ball”. It worked FABULOUSLY!! That coughing/vomiting episode while I was gone was the last time that happened. By the next day, his cough was greatly reduced. By day number 2, the cough was gone.
This is my first and only experience with Slippery Elm Bark, but it really did work wonders. I just love it when I can find natural ways to heal my children.