In Pow-wow, slippery elm bark is mixed with gag root and carried to stop gossip.
Wiccans burn the bark as an incense to stop gossip and malicious tales being told about the residents of the home being treated. Scott Cunningham notes that charms carved from the bark can be worn by children, particularly around the neck, so that they develop a “silver tongue” as they grow to adulthood.
In hoodoo, the dried bark is sprinkled in the corners of a home or workplace to rid the area of evil and put down harmful gossip that may be affecting those who live and/or work on the premises. A mojo against slander can be made using dried rue, slippery elm bark and a turbo or “cat’s eye” shell. Carry this with you to keep the jealous tongues of enemies and false friends from wagging. A third trick for the same issues is to put a pinch of slippery elm bark in each of your shoes. Bonne chance ~
Header: British poster from World War II via Mid-Century