Latin: Albizia julibrissin
Parts Used: Flowers, bark
Taste/Energetics: Cooling, sweet (flowers), bitter (bark)
Properties: hypotensive, calming anxiolytic, antidepressant
Actions: Mimisa is one of my favorite mental health herbs. Just sit underneath one of these common ornamental trees when it is blooming and take in its absolutely beautiful inforencese. That is uplifting and antidepressant by itself. Mimosa has long been used in Chinese medicine for its dispersive/antidepressant (flowers) and mood stabilizing (bark) qualities. This is a common tree that grows quickly often grows as a weed in certain parts of the country. It produces an enormous amount of flowers when in bloom. Because of this we should really take more advantage of this tree as an herb because it is not in danger of over harvest.
The flower has gentle anxiolytic properties, helping to calm a troubled heart, lightening the spirit and helpful for those with insomnia, grief, sorrow, irritability and anger. The bark is more commonly used for those who are labile in mood, with big up and down swings in mood. Mimosa bark helps stabilize, calm and center people.
Dosage: As tea- 1-2 grams as infusion. As tincture 1-2 ML to 3 x/day. This can be taken for long periods.
Contraindications: Avoid during pregnancy and use cautiously if taking antidepressants. Though Chinese medicine practitioners use Albizia extensively for insomnia, sleep disturbance and “vivid dreams” I have recently been made aware of a number of Western herbal practitioners who have stated that Albizia has caused a manic episode. No Chinese medicine practitioners that I have queried have said this has happened for them. But because of these anecdotes , I am much more cautious in my use of this herb if there is any potential for manic symptoms.
Albizia: The Tree of Happiness by Michael Tierra
Mimosa the Happiness Tree by Jon Keyes
Mimosa “Full Happiness” Flowers by Jon Keyes