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English elm (Ulmus minor Mill.)

Updated on December 25, 2011
English elm trees.
English elm trees. | Source

English elm (also called Field elm) is a perennial tree, sometimes growing 100 foot tall, that was cut for its hard wood to make furniture.

Most of the species are now protected.

In Bulgaria, (in the city of Sliven) we have a 1000 years old elm tree. It was there before most of the present day world countries were ever formed.

This is of course - irellevant. This tree is having remarkable useful tanning agents in its bark and was used to tan skin in the past.

It has also some Barium Sulphate in the leaves, so they are not to be gathered, ingested, eaten or otherwise used.

Bark gathering

is done at early spring, before the tree starts to grow leaves. Bark is young branches is easy to gather, without harming the tree itself. It is dried in shadow or herb drier in temperatures below 40 degrees Celsius (104 F).


  • Kills harmful stomach bacteria
  • Stops diarrhea
  • Stops bleeding inside stomach and intestines in case of irritation, ulcers, colitis or mechanical damage.
  • Skin application can suck pus from wounds and stop bleeding.

Decoction preparation

1 table spoon of crushed dry bark ia boiled for 10 minutes in 1 pint of water. Sifted and cooled, the decoction is drinked 4 times a day before meals.

The same decoction can be used to treat persistent wounds. Wet a cotton cloth with the decoction and apply it to the wound for 20 minutes.


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    • m0rd0r profile image

      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Happy for you BH. Just don't forget the leaf mass is not useable.

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      BaiHui 6 years ago

      There is a tree in my neighbourhood.

      Thank you for this information.

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      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      It will be a bit hard for US people to collect this bark directly. It's mainly growing in Europe beside roads and rivers.

      Search for "Herbal store" and have a look. I have found a store that sells ground elm bark, but don't want to advertise them here.

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I know that herbs are useful in many ways. Where can I get the bark of this elm?