Mimosa - The Happy Tree
If you live in the south, I'm sure you've seen the beautiful Mimosa tree. Not only is it pretty but it attracts all kinds of wildlife. Looking up into the branches will often reveal floating butterflies, bees and quick hummingbirds who are all stopping to enjoy the flowers.
The scent the flowers give off, I admit is a bit strong. If you're someone who doesn't like overly-fragrant flowers, this might not be the one for you.
Blooming in June until mid-July, this tree offers colorful blossoms when other plants have long since dropped their buds. It is an invasive plant, like honeysuckle and kudzu but what it offers, in my mind is worth it. Although the seed pods can be a bit of a chore to clean up in the fall and winter months, you do have to be warned that the pods are toxic to pets. Playing fetch with fido is probably not a good idea.
Benefits & Uses
Both its flowers and bark were used as a sedative, specifically for calming and lifting one's spirit. It can also be an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, unresolved grief, and other emotional trauma.
The flowers can be tinctured fresh or dry or dried out for use as tea. The flowers blend well with other nervine and heart healing herbs such as Milky Oats, Holy Basil, Chamomile, and Hawthorn Leaf & Berry. Mimosa is contraindicated during pregnancy and should be used cautiously if you are already taking antidepressants. Of course, like any supplement or herbal remedy taken, your doctor should be notified first!
Mimosa Flower Tincture
- Mason Jar
- 80 proof vodka
- Fresh or dried mimosa blossoms
1) For fresh blossoms, you will want to use a 1:2 ratio of ounces of herbs to ounces of vodka. For example, if you have 4 ounces of flowers, you will want to add 8 ounces (1 cup) of vodka to your jar. For dried flowers, use a 1:5 ratio of ounces of herbs to ounces of vodka. For example, if you have 4 ounces of dried flowers, you will want to add 20 ounces (2 1/2 cups) of vodka to your jar.
2) Once you have determined quantities, place flowers in jar and cover with alcohol. Secure lid.
3) Allow tincture to steep for 4-6 weeks out of direct sunlight; I put mine right in the cupboard. If you can remember to (I never do) shake the jar gently every couple of days.
4) When enough time has passed, strain your tincture using cheesecloth or a metal strainer and then rebottle liquid. Enjoy!
Dosage: Tincture: 40-80 drops, up to 3x/day.