I love to lay in the hammock in the shade of blooming Mimosa. It is nicknamed the Happiness Tree appropriately. The fragrance smells so good that it encourages deep yoga breaths that calm the mind and create a tranquil scene for an exotic butterfly show. Neighborhood Citrus and Magnolia trees raise caterpillars who emerge from their chrysalis' as giant hungry swallowtails and they love to feed on these flowers. Fluttering in place, one blossom at a time, they flit around the tree to the hypnotic chorale of singing cicadas. See the video posted below of Swallowtail Butterflies gathering on Mimosa. Last summer, I prepared tea from the flowers and served it to the neighborhood moms. This summer I picked flowers, stripped some bark and decided to preserve it.
I love non-alcohol tinctures made with glycerin. I've made glycerites before when our family lived off grid in Central America. I learned the process from Strictly Medicinal's "Making Plant Medicine". Fresh herb and glycerin mixtures should sit in a dark corner for two weeks while being shaken up once each day. Strain the mixture through cheese cloth, separate the plant matter and pour the remaining liquid into an amber glass bottle. I use an eye dropper to add 30 -60 drops into an ounce of water whenever a sense of euphoria is desired:)
See the pictures and links below for more detailed information about this powerful herb.