I’ve always loved albizzia flowers, although as a kid I knew them as mimosa flowers. There was an enormous albizzia tree around the corner from my grandmom’s house and every summer I would stand under it, mesmerized. Pink fluff all over the ground, floating pink puff balls in the tree, and a sweet smell that is light and grassy – perfection. Today G collected a huge bag of albizzia flowers, otherwise known as he huan hua in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I’m actually holding one of these flowers on the ‘about’ page on this blog. But that one’s from Hawaii and was enormous, as things are in Hawaii. The flowers picked today are going to be transformed into a tincture.
Albizzia flowers are used for matters of the heart. They calm the spirit, helping with depression, anxiety, irritatability and insomnia. They also can help alleviate pain and swelling due to trauma. The pink of the flowers actually gets absorbed into the alcohol/water combination and in a few days the flowers will be white and the tincture a light tan/pink.
To learn how to make a tincture keep reading….