Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark
Mimosa Hostilis root bark has captured the attention of the general public in recent years due to its immense health benefits, as well as uses as a strong purple dye.
Grown in Bahia, a Northeast region of Brazil, Mimosa Hostilis root bark, known in Brazil as “Jurema” or “Jurema Preta”, has been a staple of the culture there for a very long time. It is cultivated in a very sustainable way for general use and supplied by experienced farmers, who greatly value the preservation of the Mimosa trees and at the same time are able to give a product of the highest quality. It is sold in either powdered or shredded form depending on the intended use. The traditional preparation is called Vinho de Jurema (Wine of Jurema).
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Uses of Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark
- High tannin content acts as a coagulant stopping bleeding
Mimosa Hostilis Root bark, also known as tepezcohuite, is most commonly known for its properties in wound healing. It contains certain compounds such as tannins, which act as a coagulant and help the body to heal wounds on the skin by accelerating the blood clotting process and promoting the development of new tissue. It is used for a broad spectrum of skin injuries, such as burns, and ulcers and has been a cornerstone of Latin American medicine for centuries.
- Cosmetic use – Antioxidants work to sooth the skin
In addition to healing wounds, the plant also can function as an anti-inflammatory and prevent infections on the application site. It is high in antioxidants, which makes it very hard for harmful bacteria to settle on the skin and it also reduces the effect of free radicals, which cause oxidative stress and contribute towards skin aging. As such, it is being used increasingly in creams treating acne, aging and eczema among many other ailments. In addition to supporting skin healing and rejuvenation, it is also of course a natural herbal remedy, which is very appealing to consumers looking for the right cream for them.
- Application as a dye
However, the uses of Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark are not only useful to the human skin, it also has properties such as its intense purple-brown color that make it an effective dye. Tinctures of purple, brown and even pink can be created thanks to its vibrant pigment, which provide a long lasting and durable dye in textiles or even human hair. It is currently being tested for general industrial use, as it is believed to be more effective and sustainable than current dyes.
It is no surprise that Mimaosa Hostilis Root Bark has been an essential existence of Brazilians and Mexicans for hundreds of years, the only mystery is why it had not been picked up for general commercial use sooner. The health benefits are countless and its ability to combat almost any skin ailment is unrivalled, not to mention it serves as a very effective purple dye.