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Mimosa is blooming here in Southern Appalachia!!! This tree is so whimsically enchanting; I become an excited child again when I start to see it's pink tufts appear. Mimosa is not a native species to the US. It was brought overseas from Asia by a botanist in the late 18th century. It happened to love the Southern climates here and took off, spreading to much of the eastern US.
It is considered an invasive by many people because it does flourish so well in our lands. I tend to remain in a state of open curiosity, exploration, and acceptance. Truth is, our earth and landscape changes throughout time. Invasive plants are here to stay. It is important to protect native species, of course, but it also benefits our whole ecosystem and culture if we get to know all of the plants living with us.
Mimosa looks so gentle with it's fern like leaves and delicate, tufty flowers. However, it's energetic vibration is very high and simply immersing yourself in Mimosa's presence can lift one's spirits. The flowers can be used in teas or tinctures to lighten moods and help to bring feelings of peace and tranquility. They are said to help with insomnia and anxiety as well. Medicine from the bark is more potent. It is good for going deeper into those moods and emotional blocks/gunk/wounds. The bark is good to use for depression, grief, and emotional turmoil. It is best to use in tincture form. You can also make an elixir by filling a jar with bark and/or flowers and filling it halfway with honey and half way with brandy. Cover and keep in a dark place for about 4-6 weeks.
Since it is invasive, I do not recommend planting this tree intentionally but instead enjoying her where she already lives. I sorely miss the Mimosa I had in my first yard in these misty mountains,but now I get an added adventure in June when she starts blooming and I get to treasure hunt for the pink tufts or just a nice swim in her energetic field.
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