I am really excited to be working with Mimosa this year. I had no idea she held so much medicine until I saw another herbalist’s post on Facebook. After doing some research, I found that Mimosa has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for anxiety, depression, insomnia and stress. They call her “The Tree of Happiness”.
I love how Mimosa is utilized for grief after any kind of loss.
I would really love to see more people take advantage of her healing properties; especially since Mimosa is so abundant (read: invasive). I have read that people who are already taking medication for depression or anxiety should talk to their doctors before taking any herbal preparation that would alter any results… yada yada, so please take responsibility for your personal health if you are considering using this tree medicinally. Also, if you are pregnant or wish to become pregnant, you may want to reconsider using this tincture; it is said to have strong blood moving properties.
That said, I would LOVE to know if this lovely, happy tree could assist people who are dependent on mood altering medicines.
Eastwest School of Planetary Herbology has some wonderful information on Mimosa. Albizzia: The Tree of Happiness.
According to Planetary Herbals: “Albizia was traditionally used to “calm the spirit” and relieve emotional constraint when associated with bad temper, bad mood, sadness, occasional sleeplessness, irritability and poor memory. It was believed to be especially useful for anyone experiencing profound heart-breaking loss.”
Another source suggests that Mimosa could be used for “breathlessness.” If it is also used for anxiety, I could see where this would greatly assist in calming panic attacks if this is the case. I would love to know if my herbalist friends have had experience with this.
I love how one source called Mimosa tincture a “Spirit tonic”… but I’m not so keen on seeing it called “Chinese Herbal Prozac.” *shaking head*
Pulsemed said this about Mimosa: “Cortex Albizzia Julbrissin (mimosa tree bark) is a TCM herb in the ‘Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit’ category. It is traditionally used to calm the spirit and relieve emotional constraint when the associated symptoms of bad temper, depression, insomnia, irritability and poor memory are present. It also relieves pain and dissipates abscesses and swelling due to trauma (including fractures).
The flower of the mimosa tree is also used to relieve constrained Liver qi, and calm the spirit when the associated symptoms of insomnia, poor memory, irritability, epigastric pain, and feelings of pressure in the chest are present. Research has shown that the flower of the mimosa tree has a sedative effect.”
Mimosa is also used for chronic pain issues and inflammation. I have not seen much information on the whys and hows of this, but here is some TCM info on Mimosa that I found: Mimosa Cures.
According to my research, both the blooms and the soft, inner bark of the limbs can be used for medicine. My mimosa bloom tincture will be ready to strain and use the middle of this month. I will post personal experiences later.
Mimosa blossom, bark and leaf tincture has been an amazing ally for me. When I first tasted it, I was slightly overwhelmed with the “Ohmygawd-I-Just-Sprayed-Perfume-in-my-mouth” taste, but then I got used to it. Originally I made a tincture of just the blossom… so when I mixed the bark/leaf tincture with the blossom tincture, it tasted much better. Both tinctures *and the blend of the two* worked very well to treat grief, mild depression and lingering sadness over loss.
I would love to hear others’ experiences with this medicine.