Mimosa hostilis Inner Root Bark | Jurema | MHRB | Tepezcohuite | Mexico | Shipped from the Netherlands
Our Mimosa hostilis (Tepezcohuite) is harvested by a community of indigenous Tzoltzil and Zoque farmers from Southeastern Mexico. No chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used. Most of the Jurema is harvested/collected from the wild in the more than 370 hectares of land owned by these farmers. The Tepezcohuite tree is very abundant in this region since it grows there naturally. The Tzotzil and Zoque farmers replant trees to ensure sustainable and environmentally friendly production. Other plants that are cultivated by this community are mangoes, noni, moringa, stevia, and Salvia divinorum.
The Aztecs already knew of the Mimosa tree during pre-Columbian times. The name Tepezcohuite, which is now common in Mexico is derived from the Aztec ‘tepus-cuahuitl’ or ‘metal tree’, a reference to the tree’s extremely hard wood.
For many centuries, the Aztecs and other indigenous groups used the Mimosa hostilis/tenuiflora root bark to treat skin burns and wounds. They also used it to make tea. Furthermore, Mimosa hostilis Mexico is an excellent body paint or natural coloring agent for textiles. This tree has played a major role in the traditions of different indigenous tribes in both South, Central and North America.
Mimosa Hostilis is a bushy tree that is indigenous in large parts of South America. The species grows in regions as far north as Mexico, but are most commonly found in the tropical lowlands (up to 1000 meters above sea level). You will find the tree mostly in Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia. The tree can reach up to 8 meters and produces beautiful white flowers and green pods with seeds.
This species came to the attention of scientists just over 150 years ago, although it was hardly studied until the 1980s. Now, much is known about this tree. Currently, Mimosa Hostilis is used throughout the world as the subject of medical, pharmacological, preclinical, and clinical research.
It is especially promising when it comes to skincare and regeneration. According to Laura Elizabeth Valencia-Gómez(2016), Mimosa hostilis has strong antifungal and antibacterial properties and it can play a large role in the regeneration of human skin cells. Scientists are looking at the possibility of having Mimosa Hostilis processed into films that can be applied to the skin for faster regeneration after wounds or burns have occurred. These regenerative effects are also one of the reasons that you see Mimosa root bark in an increasing number of skin cremes and other cosmetic products.