Mimosa hostilis (Mimosa tenuiflora) | Root bark (‘Mexican’)


Colourful bark from a Mexican farm’s autumn 2018 harvest.

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Mimosa hostilis (syn. Mimosa tenuiflora) | ‘Carbonal’, ‘Jurema’, ‘MHRB’, ‘Tepezcohuite’ | Root bark (‘Mexican’)

Harvested in autumn 2018, our great quality Mimosa hostilis ‘Mexican’ root bark is great for both dyeing and soap-making purposes and is yet another of our UK exclusives to boot! This particular batch of ‘Tepezcohuite’ comes courtesy of farmers of the Tzoltzil and Zoque of southeastern Mexico, who sustainably wildcraft using organic techniques. We also sell a few other types of hostilis bark, as well as several kinds of seeds…

Recently officially renamed Mimosa tenuiflora, Mimosa hostilis is known around the world by many other titles, including ‘Black Jurema’, ‘Cabrera’, ‘Calumbi’, ‘Carbonal’, ‘Jurema’, ‘Jurema Preta’, ‘MHRB’, ‘Tepezcohuite’ and ‘Vinho de Jurema’. The plant grows as a perennial shrub or tree – most often at lower altitudes, but sometimes as high as 3,300 feet – and is native to Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela.

Mimosa hostilis bark is used traditionally in Mexico and South America to treat burns and wounds (topically), tooth pain, coughs and bronchitis (as an infusion) and as emergency ‘drought-fodder’ and parasite-preventative for livestock. The plant itself can also be used to fertilise and fix soil, with its dense wood being used for fuel, to make charcoal and to build things such as bridges, buildings, fences and furniture.

Moreover, Mimosa bark’s high tannin content makes it particularly suitable for both dyeing and leather production, while its high levels of saponins and lipids help to create the most decadently lush handmade soaps! Incidentally, if you’re one of the many folk using this professionally to dye fabrics such as cotton, we’ve recently discovered an interesting technical article from King Saud University’s Journal of Saudi Chemical Society; ‘Dyeing of white and indigo dyed cotton fabrics with Mimosa tenuiflora extract’, by Gökhan Erkan, Kemal Şengül and Sibel Kaya.

Dried root bark from a renewable Mexican source – Shipped from Spain and the UK – Very limited stocks


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