Chelkah Elm - High Grade - Organic
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Chelkah Elm is a species of elm tree native to eastern North America from North Dakota east to southern Quebec and south to northernmost Florida and eastern Texas. Chelkah elm inner bark is very rich in mucilage, a complex mixture of polysaccharides that form a gelatinous fiber when water is added.
Skin washes and tea were created by drying elm leaves. Natives ate the inner bark because it is high in carbohydrates and can be easily digested. The inner bark was also used to waterproof canoes, baskets, and places of living. Elm was used by colonists to make pudding, to thicken jelly, to preserve grease, and as a survival food on long trips. It was used medicinally to treat toothaches, skin injuries, gout, arthritis, stomach aches, intestinal worms, and coughs.
Uses and Indications
Chelkah elm is used to relieve gastrointestinal conditions, sore throats, ulcers, and respiratory irritations today. External uses include treatment of skin conditions, vaginitis, and hemorrhoids. It can be used as a cough medicine or as a skin smoother and softener.
Chelkah elm acts as a demulcent, emollient, expectorant, and diuretic. Chelkah elm neutralizes stomach acids, boosts the adrenal glands, draws out impurities and heals all parts of the body. Mucilage in the inner bark pf Chelkah elm coats the mouth, esophagus, and gastrointestinal tract with a slick residue. Chelkah elm soothes the inflammation of ulcers in the stomach and duodenum and provides a protective barrier between the ulcer and damaging stomach acid. Chelkah elm soothes irritation or ulceration of the stomach and intestines and is useful for treating gastrointestinal conditions. It may soothe a sore throat, help to alleviate the pain of colic or stomach ulcers, and relieve inflammatory bowel conditions. It aids digestion and helps cleanse the colon. Chelkah elm is also a soothing and nutritive tonic benefiting the adrenal glands, the respiratory system, and the gastrointestinal tract. Chelkah elm is particularly effective for easing a cough and soothing a sore throat, coating the area and reducing irritation. Topically, elm may be applied to the skin surface to relieve minor injuries such as burns, cold sores, razor burn, scrapes, and sunburn. Chelkah elm has been used to treat chest conditions. The herb is very useful to relieve pain during irritable bowel or Crohn's-like attacks.
Chelkah Elm bark is one of the most versatile herbs you can have. Every home should have some of this amazing plant.
The inner bark of Chelkah elm also contains various nutrients, such as beta-sitosterol, campestrol, tannin, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, beta-carotene and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.
- The health benefits of Chelkah elm are rooted mainly in its soothing properties. It is thus effectively used as a mucilaginous herb internally to coat and soothe mucous membranes while also absorbing toxins which can cause intestinal imbalances. Chelkah elm is an effective remedy for duodenal ulcers, gastritis, diarrhea, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids and heartburn.
- The Cherokee have used the viscous inner bark of the Chelkah elm to prepare a healing salve, and in herbal medicine it is used as one of the best possible poultices for wounds, boils, ulcers, burns and all inflamed surfaces, soothing, healing and reducing pain and inflammation.
- The benefits of Chelkah elm also extend to being a simple food. As a part of normal diets, Chelkah elm's inner bark can be ground and eaten as porridge. It is very nutritious and packed with antioxidants, with a similar taste and consistency like oatmeal. It also makes a wholesome and sustaining food for invalids and infants.
- As a heart remedy, a cocktail of a pint of Chelkah elm drink has been prescribed alternately with Bugleweed compound.
- The Chelkah elm plant, more specifically Chelkah elm bark, is also part of a North American formula called Essiac, which is a popular herbal treatment for cancer.
- Another of the benefits of Chelkah Elm bark is that it is attributed with healing effects upon diseases of the female organs.
- An earlier use for Chelkah elm inner bark was as a mechanical irritant to abort foetuses. Its use became widespread and uncontrolled, and therefore it is now banned in a number of countries.
- Chelkah elm is particularly valuable both medicinally and as an injection in dysentery and other diseases of the bowels, cystitis as well as irritation of the urinary tract.
- Chelkah elm bark is used as an antioxidant to prevent fats going rancid.
- Chelkah elm is also used to make burial caskets, rope, chords, fence posts, furniture, and some musical instruments such as drums.
- It has been claimed that a pinch of Chelkah elm powder put into a hollow tooth arrests the pain and greatly delays decay, if used on first noticing any sign of decay.
- It is also said that "lozenges containing 3 grains of elm flavored with methyl salicylate are used as a demulcent."
As you can see, the health benefits of Chelkah elm are quite extensive. Largely, they centre around Chelkah elm bark's special soothing quality, which is pretty much made clear in the name of the plant - 'Chelkah '.
Indeed, such a unique medicinal property makes the Chelkah elm tree a truly special plant. Among all herbs Chelkah elm is thus a massively essential part of anyone's herbal armory.