Sustainably Harvested by Tzoltzil and Zoque
Our Mimosa Hostilis (Tepezcohuite) is harvested by a community of indigenous Tzoltzil and Zoque farmers from southeastern Mexico. No chemical fertilizers or pesticides were used. Most of the Mimosa hostilis 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. They do replant sufficient trees to ensure a sustainable and ecologically friendly production. Other plants/products harvested by this community are mango, noni, moringa, stevia and salvia divinorum.
In Mexico, this powdered bark is used to treat burns and wounds. Additionally, it acts as an analgesic, with hours of lasting relief and expedited tissue recovery. The bark is also recommended to counteract exhaustion and debility, and has been shown to stimulate the immune system. Other medicinal qualities of Mimosa tenuiflora are antimicrobial, analgesic, antifungal, cicatrizing (to heal by scar formation), regenerative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging.
For many centuries, the Mayas in Mexico used the Hostilis Mimosa root bark, or “Tepezcohuite” (as it is known in Mexico) to treat skin burns and wounds. They also used it to make tea. Furthermore, it is known to be an excellent body paint or natural colouring agent for textiles. In addition, this tree has played a major role in the traditions of different indigenous tribes in South America. In Brazil, for instance, it is known under the name of Jurema Preta.
This tree can be found in the northeast region of Brazil, and found as far north as Mexico, including El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. It prefers lower altitudes, but can be found growing as high as 1000m.
The wood from this tree is considered one of the strongest and most durable available on the market.