September 8, 2014

Spice Up Autumn With A Slippery Elm Latte...


Slippery elm is a herb that comes from the inner bark of the slippery elm tree, which is typically found in North America. The medium-size tree produces a medicinal element that can be ingested in a variety of forms. Some prefer a pill, others a liquid, and some use the powder to achieve its benefits.

In case you are wondering why you might consider adding a new herb to your diet, it contains a vast number of health benefits. Among them are relieving a sore throat, improving skin issues, and aiding in digestion. I happen to prefer the powder form and use it as the base for my afternoon latte. It has become an afternoon treat that I look forward to, tasting more like a spiced chai latte than a boring old cup of tea!

As always there are a few things to consider when consuming any herb or supplement~the side effects and interactions. As for side effects, there don't appear to be any to speak of. However, it is recommended that you wait two hours before or after taking any other supplements, as it can slow the absorption of other herbs or vitamins. It makes sense because the intent of slippery elm is to coat and soothe. So by coating and soothing everything in its path, other herbs can't pass through as quickly or efficiently.

Today is your lucky day because I am sharing my recipe with you. I hope you like it as much as I do. Happy sipping!

Boil one cup of water in a pan. Whisk one tablespoon of slippery elm powder. Keep whisking and add 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I use coconut milk ), one tablespoon of a sweetener of your choice (I use coconut nectar), and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. When everything is combined pour it in your favorite mug and top with a little nutmeg. Less than 100 calories and just as satisfying as one of those $5.00 fancy lattes at your favorite cafe.


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