Herb of the Month: Mimosa Flower

While walking or driving through the streets of Portland this time of year, you may spy what appears to be small, bright pink poofs growing atop trees, like truffula tufts straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. Mimosa trees, latin name Albizia julibrissin, spark joy just from their sheer appearance during the hot, dry days of August here in the Pacific Northwest. Mimosa, or He Huan Hua in Pinyinis, translates loosely to the “happiness herb,” and is known in Chinese medicine for being a lifter of the mood and an ally of the nervous system.

In the wild, the Mimosa tree tends to grow in dry plains, sandy valleys, and uplands, and are native to China, Persia, Korea, and Japan. As is the case with Honeysuckle, Kudzu, and other Asian natives, the Mimosa tree has found a home throughout the U.S., and is now considered an invasive plant in our region.

Categorized in the Chinese Materia Medica as a calming spirit herb, the bark is thought to ‘anchor’ the spirit, while the flowers lighten it. In accordance with the description from Chinese Materia Medica, this herb is sweet-bitter in flavor with a neutral energy, that enters the heart and liver organ meridians. The flowers are helpful in cases of insomnia, depression, melancholy and anxiety. It’s use is especially recommended for anyone who is suffering from grief as a result of a severe loss, and those undergoing intense stress or trauma. When the world feels heavy and dark, reach for Albizia to bring you some lightness.

Mimosa works well with other plants with an affinity for the nervous system, such as Passionflower, Skullcap, and Lemonbalm. Because of its blood-moving properties, Mimosa is contraindicated for use during pregnancy.

If you find yourself wanting to work with the calming, spirit-lifting energies of Albizia, stop by The Herb Shoppe, or find us online, for our Albizia julibrissin tincture.

You can also work with Mimosa flower medicine in these other THS products:

Here and Now Tincture Blend

Delphinus Relaxing Elixir

Soothing Protection Flower Essence

Light Beam Flower Essence





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Shannon Trubatch

Shannon Trubatch

Shannon Trubatch is a New York native that grew up exploring and playing in the deciduous hardwood forests of the Northeast. Her inquisitive nature and desire to understand and protect the natural world led her to studies in ecology and plant sciences. It was in the ethnobotanical pages of her books, and through the guidance of an inspiring ecologist and herbalist mentor, that she entered the world of plant relations that went well beyond scientific study, and began remembering, rediscovering, a deep knowing of connecting with the Earth and working with herbal medicine that nourished her spirit. Her travels post-grad revealed to her a longing to reside in the Pacific Northwest, and before long, she found herself in Portland, Oregon, interning at The Herb Shoppe. The realm of plant medicine has put her on a path of healing, both personal and collective wounds, and she has every intention of remaining a student of the plants for all of her days.

When she’s not deeply immersed in the world of plants, Shannon can be found reading a Tom Robbins novel, hunting for tasty mushrooms, or exploring new places in her lime green 1979 VW Westfalia, lovingly named Gertie.

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