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Slippery Elm Bark Organic Conditioner

Updated on January 16, 2012
Use slippery elm as a hair and skin conditioner!
Use slippery elm as a hair and skin conditioner! | Source

A simple recipe for slippery elm conditioner and lotion.

This process is so easy.

Preparing Slippery Elm

Measure out enough slippery elm to make a slick-feeling water. I grow my own and use several large limb tip cuttings in about two gallons of water. The powdered slippery elm should give directions on how many tablespoons to use.

If using limbs, snip the limbs into manageable portions and place them in a pot of water. The water should cover the limbs.

Boil for several minutes until the water begins to gel. You can add more water if it gets too thick. My recipe uses a slippery water, not gunky.

Allow the limbs to sit in the water overnight.

Next day, strain the water into a large, lidded container.

Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

To Use Slippery Elm Conditioner

Add enough hot water to several cups to bring it to room temperature (so it doesn't freeze you). You can also allow it to sit on the counter for about an hour to warm up without diluting it.

Wash your hair as usual.

Rinse your hair with the slippery elm water. Do not rinse out. Lightly towel dry your hair and then allow the rest to air dry.

The result should be hair that is easy to brush and has a nice sheen. My hair is very conditioned after using this!

If you notice flaking after use, try to dilute the elm more, before use. Or give your hair a quck rinse with clean water. I do not rinse mine out.

Slippery Elm as a Lotion

After bathing (or whatever), simply rub the slippery elm liquid over your skin and allow it to dry. If you get the mix right, it won't feel like you're sticky or caked-up.

This stuff is amazing for helping to heal blemishes, too. After a few uses you should notice a change in the number and severity of pimples/skin injuries.

I use this every day and LOVE it.

Slippery elm has a slightly nutty scent. It is so light you can mix it with any scent and not smell bad.


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    • IsadoraPandora profile image

      Jocelyn 6 years ago from Florida, PCB

      Thanks! It works really well. You gotta get the mix right or if you use it as a leave-in, it may flake. Just dilute it with water until it works for your situation. No flaking on skin so far, though.

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      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Never thought It can be used for conditioning :). (Voted up)