How to Use Slippery Elm Capsules

Usage and Dosage


Slippery elm is suggested for a variety of conditions including: sore throat, burns, cough, diarrhea, GERD and external skin conditions. If you are experiencing any of these digestive, esophageal, or skin discomforts, you may wish to pick up a bottle of slippery elm capsules at your local store or online.


Dosage recommendations vary, but several supplement brands suggest taking 1,000 mg of the bark three times per day, with water. Your physician or nutritionist can help you to assess the best dosage for your particular condition and whether you should use slippery elm on a daily basis or only as needed.


There is not a great deal of scientific research on slippery elm, but it is thought that no serious side effects exist. Due to the fact that slippery elm forms a "coating" on the digestive tract, it may slow down the absorption of other drugs or herbs; you may wish to take any other medicine or supplements two hours before or after, for maximum effect.

Tips and Warnings

  • Slippery elm is also available in other forms, including: lozenges, finely powdered bark, and coarsely-powdered bark. It is possible to make tea or a poultice from the powder.
  • It is always a good idea to consult with your family physician or a medical professional before adding a new supplement to your diet.