Slippery elm may ease sore throat

January 12, 2007

Those battling sore throats this winter from a cold, the flu or other causes should try products made with slippery elm. The tree produces a thick gluey substance that's found to calm a sore throat. Available as a tea or in lozenges at health-food stores, slippery elm is classified by the Food and Drug Administration as an effective demulcent -- meaning it stimulates the mucus membranes, such as those lining the throat, to produce mucus. Another demulcent, although not classified by the FDA, is licorice. Licorice, however, should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure, hepatitis or liver or kidney disease.

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