Description: Albizzia flowers come from the albizzia tree, which is also known as the mimosa. Native to China, the tree also grows in many parts of the United States and can reach a height of 30 feet, with grey-white bark and remarkably beautiful, fragrant flowers.
Both the bark and flowers have medicinal properties. The flowers are fluffy, thread-like and shaped something like a ball, they are usually pink or whitish-pink in appearance. They are picked from the tree in the late summer and early autumn, then dried for use.
In traditional Chinese medicine, albizzia flower is considered to have sweet and neutral properties, and is associated with the Heart and Liver meridians. Its main functions are to calm the spirit, invigorate the blood, alleviate pain, and dissipate swellings. Albizzia flower is revered as one of the most powerful types of herbal tonics available; it is used to treat conditions such as depression, insomnia and irritability. It improves the shen, or spirit. It also improves blood circulation, treats pain and swelling due to traumatic injuries (such as fractures), and reduces swellings and abscesses on the skin and in the abdominal region.
Albizzia flower is considered extremely safe; it has been given a class 1 rating by the American Herbal Products Association, meaning that it can be used safely when taken in the appropriate dose.
Brewing Guide: The typical dose of albizzia flower is between nine and 15 grams, taken with water as a decoction. Albizzia flower can also be ground into a paste or poultice and applied to the skin.