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The Mimosa tree. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, it is known as happiness.

Many would recognize this tree as one that pops up everywhere around the neighborhood. Here at the villa we have a couple of mimosa trees. It sparks so much joy to sit in the shade of the mimosa tree and watch the hummingbirds drink from the blossoms. Not only does it spark joy to look at the mimosa tree, but ingesting the components of this plant is known to increase one’s happiness. 

This tree is quite complex and varied in what it provides.

Most commonly the blossoms and the bark are made into a tincture and used daily to treat mild depression. Gather up as many blossoms as you need to fill a jar and pour in the highest proof of vodka or your preferred alcohol. 1:5 ratio measured by weight in ounces. Let the herbs macerate for at least 4 weeks, shaking up the jar every couple days.  After that you can use the tincture on the daily. About 8ml a day. 

Gaia herbs 

has created a supplement from the bark of mimosa tree which is used as an adrenal support to improve how one copes with stress and overall health like; increased calm mood, better sleep, emotional and mental calmness, and it supports the body’s balance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.

Do not use if you are pregnant or lactating. Use precaution while using and always observe how if affects your body.