Did you know Mimosa had medicinal benefits?

mimosa drink

NO! Not the yummy drink Mimosa, although that would be good right now, I mean the TREE Mimosa(Albizia julibrissin).

market pics 008 (1024x768)Nearby tree that I will get the flowers from.

mimosa-flowerFound this gorgeous picture!!!

This year has been a whirlwind of herbal learning!!! I was in an herbal class earlier this spring taught by one of my favorite herbalists, Patricia Howell, and learned sooooo much. One herb that caught my attention was Mimosa with its beautiful pink, feathery blossoms which by the way, smell incredibly sweet! Since the class was February or March, now I can’t quite remember, I did not pay much attention to finding Mimosa since it was not going to bloom until June. But I did go out and buy the extract – Albizia Calm. Notice on the label, it supports mental calmness, yeah I’ll take some of that thank you!

albizia calm

http://www.planetaryherbals.com/products/GP1867/

Why is Mimosa so good and what does it do for you? I will tell you all about it right now. Albizia julibrissin is a nervine relaxant, it calms the spirit. Now since it is mainly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, I may use some terms that are unfamiliar but I will explain. It is for poor memory, difficulty concentrating, cools anger, insomnia and mood swings. Mimosa should only be used as needed, not long term, so for acute conditions over chronic conditions.

The parts of the plant used are the bark(sweet and neutral) and the flowers. The bark calms the shen -(shen) one of the basic substances that according to traditional Chinese medicine pervade the body, usually translated “spirit,” encompassing both the mind of the individual and healthy mental and physical function.
It relieves constrained qi(pronounced Chi) – qi -the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health, invigorates the blood and reduces swellings and abscesses.
The flowers also calm the shen and regulate qi as well as harmonizes the liver and stomach. For insomnia, pain and tightness in the stomach and limbs, digestive issues due to emotional tension.

Here is an excerpt that I found which was interesting and uplifting. Oh to be such a poetic writer!

From spiritrisingherbs.com – “Mimosa calls to mind for me a poem by the Sufi poet Hafiz:

“How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty?  It felt the encouragement of light against its being,  Otherwise, we all remain too frightened.”

I see the emotional and spiritual properties of mimosa in much the same way that Hafiz describes the encouragement of light that helps the rose to open up and share it’s beauty. She mirrors this expansion, joy, and abundance in the ways she shows herself to the world.  How perfect that she comes right before the height of summer and is in bloom during the peak of summer. It is the time when the world is most expanded.  Mimosa gently leads you to expand and open more fully to life by making it easier both physically and emotionally to do so.” end excerpt.

All this from a pretty little pink flower. 🙂 Most formulas are made with both the bark and the flowers as in the extract I purchased, Albizia Calm which by the way was purchased at the Wellness Tree in Loganville, GA.

This week I will start to collect the flowers and dry them or start a tincture. Unfortunately I cannot gather the bark just yet, it will have to wait until fall when it is the proper time even though some say to collect it now and dry it for later…hmmm might need to ask Miss Patricia.  If I make a flower tincture now and a bark tincture later, I can mix them together for the perfect formula! Yay!

Forgot to add – this is how I will do the flower tincture. 🙂

Take green buds and full blooms, add to a jar – don’t pack them down and add 100 proof apple brandy. Doesn’t that sound good? Let it infuse for about 4 weeks, strain and keep in a amber bottle until you can infuse the bark. The dosage on the Albizia Calm is 1 dropperful a few times a day.

Oh and guess what, the honeysuckles are blooming again so out to collect more flowers!
Have a super night,
Anne-Marie
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