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This is the legendary MHRB – Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark powder, wildcrafted. Sustainably, conscientiously and respectfully harvested with love from mother nature.
Mimosa Hostilis also known as Mimosa Tenuiflora is known by many names depending on the region it is from or the botanists who describe it. In Brazil it is known as Jurema or “Binho de Jurema”. In Mexico, Mimosa Hostilis is known as “Tepezcohuite” and sometimes referred to as “Carbonal”. In China Mimosa Hostilis is called “Han Xiu Cao”, although we’re skeptical if true Mimosa Hostilis is actually commercially harvested in China. Mimosa Hostilis grows all over the world in desert regions including the United States, China, Mexico, East and Western Europe. And many other types of “Mimosa” trees and shrubs grow all over the world too. However, the best and most sought after Mimosa is the Hostilis and the best Mimosa Hostilis is grown in Brazil and Mexico. It’s very easy to get confused on the internet when searching for Mimosa Hostilis and especially Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark (MHRB) because there are so many inaccurate descriptions and photos all over the web.
A quick google image search for Mimosa Hostilis will show you mostly the incorrect tree. Most of the photos you find will have a spiked purple flower, but this is NOT a mimosa hostilis flower or tree! Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark (MHRB) comes from a tree that has yellow flowers, not purple. However the Mimosa Hostilis root bark is purple! So again, the Mimosa Hostilis flower is yellow and the root is purple. This is probably why you see so many incorrect photos on the Internet. The deep purple root is so sought after that perhaps people post purple flowers to make people think they have found what they are looking for?!? Want to learn more about properly identifying Mimosa Hostilis? Read: Foolproof ways to Identify Mimosa Hostilis
In either case, congratulations! You’ve found the real Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark (MHRB). The deep purple root bark from the Brazilian desert forests where the ancient mystics harvested it nearly the same way we do today.
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Mimosa Hostilis Uses
Mimosa Hostilis has been used for centuries as a treatment for burns and to speed wound healing. It is very old and goes by different names, depending on where you are in the world. It is a perennial shrub that is native to South America, Central America, and parts of Mexico. It goes by the names mimosa tenuiflora, jurema preta, tepezcohuite (México), jurema, black jurema, and binho de jurema.
It was used by indigenous tribes for burns, wounds, respiratory infections, tooth pain, and more. Often referred to as the “pioneer plant,” Mimosa Tenuiflora grows to a height of 26 feet and 4-6 inches in diameter. It has a stem with thorns and leaves that are oblong and reach about 4-10 inches long. It produces small, white flowers that cascade in a long tube.
This tree is very hearty and repopulates by dropping its leaves on the ground and creating a new layer of humus, helping other plants to grow as well. During times of severe drought, it has been used as feed for animals. Mimosa Tenuiflora offers many benefits besides its ability to heal wounds such as leather tanning, dyes, and for religious ceremonies.
Before we dive too much further into the uses of Mimosa Hostilis, let’s make a disclaimer here that no information on this site should be considered medical or nutrition advice. In fact, we highly discourage the use of Mimosa Hostilis for any dietary needs, as it has not been approved by United States Food & Drug Administration for use or consumption of any kind. Please use the information on this site with caution and discretion. Always consult with a physician and ask your doctor before starting any regimen, supplementation or really doing anything – because as legend has it, your doctor knows best. That being said, Mimosa Hostilis is strictly sold here as not for human consumption.
Mimosa Hostilis for Apothecary & Crafts
First, we should define the term apothecary for the purpose of this site and not take the literal, dictionary term in this discussion. Webster define’s apothecary as “one who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes”. This is the “old” definition of the word, where apothecary was essentially the “Pharmacy”. In modern day, most people think of apothecary more as a craft than a pharmacy. For instance, nowadays when you search for “apothecary supplies”, you’ll find things like fresh & dried herbs, essential oils, candle wax, scented soaps, etc, etc. Mimosa hostilis is great to use in conjunction with these things. For instance, you can make wonderful soaps and candles with Mimosa Hostilis root bark powder. Just to be 100% clear are certainly not referring to anything on this page as drugs for medicinal purposes or any use for that matter.
Mimosa Hostilis Candle Making
You can achieve a fantastic aroma and very interesting burn from your candles when using Mimosa Hostilis in the melted wax. Simply use Mimosa Hostilis root bark powder or shredded Mimosa Hostilis within the melted wax.
Checkout this DIY Mimosa Hostilis Candle tutorial.
Mimosa Hostilis Fabric Dye
Use Mimosa Hostilis as a natural fabric dye to achieve color spectrums from light to deep purple. If you prefer to use a Munsell Color wheel to scope your color spectrum, you can achieve any range from 10PB to 10RP.
Step 1: Dye Prep
Create a 2:1 ratio of water to Mimosa Hostilis root bark powder. A good starter run would be to use 1/2 cup of MHRB and 1 cup of water.
Bring to a boil, cover your pot and continue to simmer on low for another hour. Turn off your heat source and allow to soak overnight. You will now have a highly concentrated solution.
Step 2: Fixative Prep
Fixative or fixitive is used to lock the dye into the fabric. You can find fixitive in your local craft or specialty hardware store, but you may want to make your own. Acid fixative works best with Mimosa Hostilis and in this case we suggest simply using vinegar. Mix 1 part white vinegar with with 4 parts water. To give you an idea of where to start, 1 cup of vinegar + 4 cups of water will cover about one large t-shirt. Boil the fabric or clothing for approximately 1 hour, then rinse your fabric in cold water and wring dry. You want to get out as much excess water as possible, but you dont need to go too overboard with it.
Step 3: Fabric Dying
Place the wet fabric into a pot with the dye mixture you made in step 1. Boil/simmer for about 1 hour or until your fabric has achieved the color you desire. Keep in mind that the dried fabric will be several shades lighter than the wet fabric. Allow the fabric and mimosa hostilis dye bath to cool. Wear gloves to wring out the fabric and allow to hang dry. Wash the fabric separately in cold water – hand wash preferred.
Medicinal Uses of Mimosa Hostilis
Potential benefits of Mimosa Hostilis that have been “claimed” by many sources throughout history. Once again, we make no claims about medicinal use on this site other than what has been researched and claimed on other sites such as Wikipedia or the US National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health.
- Strong antiseptic
- Relieves tooth pain
- Stops hair loss
- Helps rejuvenate the skin
- Treatment for burns and ulcers
- Reduces infection and inflammation
- Reduces the appearance of scars
The parts of the plant used for medicinal purposes are the stem, leaves, and root bark. The stem and leaves were often ground up and used in infusions for toothache, bronchitis, and as a cough remedy by many societies in history – e.g.: Mayans & Incas. The plant matter contains a high amount of tannins, which are also found in things like black tea and green tea as well. Tannins have been claimed to have potent antibacterial properties and may reduce your risk for infections and gum disease (please note this statement, nor any other statements on this site have been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These same tannins have been known to help with collagen production and scar treatments. Mimosa Hostilis tannins can even used in leather tanning because they breaks down collagen in the skin, making it softer (perhaps this is where the name is derived from).
The naturally occurring chemical components found in the root bark of the Mimosa hostilis are: tannin, tryptamine, alkaloids, saponin, lipids, phytosterols, xylose, glucosides, rhamnose, fitoindoles, arabinose, methoxychalcones, lupeol and kukulkanins. The tannins also contains copper, manganese, and phosphorus.
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
“A tea made of the leaves and stem has been used to treat tooth pain. For cases of cough and bronchitis, a water extract (decoction) of Mimosa tenuiflora is drunk. A handful of bark in one liter of water is used by itself or in a syrup. The solution is drunk until the symptoms subside.
One preliminary clinical study found Mimosa tenuiflora to be effective in treating venous leg ulcerations.
Aqueous extracts of Mimosa are widely used for wound healing and burns in Middle and South America. Consequently, the products of the plant (generally grouped under the term “Tepezcohuite”) have become a popular and easily produced cosmetic ingredient in commercial skincare products, used and marketed by celebrities including Kylie Jenner and Salma Hayek.”
Inflammation Study Performed on Lab Mice
A study was performed on lab mice for the effects of Mimosa Hostilis root bark on pain and inflammation. The controlled study was performed in accordance with ethical animal use guidelines. Additionally, the research protocols and treatment of the animals were in accordance with the principles and guidelines adopted by the Brazilian College of Animal Experimentation (COBEA) and were approved by the Ethical Committee for Animal Research of the University of Uberaba, Brazil.
The goal of this particular study was to evaluate the antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activities of Mimosa Tenuiflora bark extrat. The results of the study indicated the effectiveness of the root bark extract was similar to prescription drug treatments.
Excerpt from Antinoceptive and Anti-inflammatory Activities of the Ethanolic Extract, Fractions and Flavones Isolated from Mimosa tenuiflora (Willd.) Poir (Leguminosae):
“The treatment with the extract also significantly reduced the edema formation induced by formalin injection in the paws of mice compared to the vehicle group, indicating that the antiedematogenic activities of EEMT were similar to the group treated with the standard drug indomethacin.”
Medicinal uses of Mimosa Hostilis could be potentially very beneficial in modern medicine. Mimosa Hostilis is claimed to offer many solutions like healing and firming the skin, relieving pain and swelling, restoring serotonin levels, helping with hair loss, and healing burns and skin ulcers. Mimosa Hostilis is an ancient remedy from the Amazon that offers help for the same ailments being experienced by modern people today.
According to Mexican ethnobotanic sources, the direct application of the dried powdered bark to the lesion is effective remedy for treating skin burns and wounds.