It is said to be TCM's most prescribed herbal preparation. TCM herbalists harvest the bark and flowers to prepare tinctures and teas that promote a sense of well being. Some people report experiencing a sense of euphoria.
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 calming the mind and create a tranquil scene. Neighborhood Citrus and Magnolia trees raise caterpillars who emerge from their chrysalis' as giant hungry swallowtails and they love to feed on mimosa flowers. Fluttering in place, one blossom at a time, they flit around the tree in an exotic butterfly show. See the video posted below of Swallowtail Butterflies gathering on Mimosa. Last summer, I prepared tea from the flowers and served Happy Tea to neighborhood moms. This summer I picked flowers, stripped some bark and decided to preserve it.
Non-alcohol tinctures are 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. Use an eye dropper to add a few drops into an ounce of water. Glycerites have a shelf life of up to 12 months.
See the pictures and links below for more detailed information about this powerful herb.