The Tree Of Happiness
Persian Silk tree (Albizia julibrissin) is a astonishingly beautiful tree Though it's a messy landscaping tree, the mess is quite worth it to the beneficial flora and fauna. Favorited by honey bees and pollenators alike. Bursts of bright pink silken blossoms explode. As the day turns to night or when it rains the trees leaves will slowly close lightly folding them selves together as if they were praying.
The tree was quickly introduced in Europe during the mid-18th century and ever since has become quite popular accross the world. It's latin name Albizzia julibrissin was specially named after the Italian naturalist and noble man Filippo degli Albizzia. While Julibrissin or "gul-i brisham" is the Persian word for Silk tree. In japanese it's called "Nemunoki" which translates to Sleeping tree. A great hidden gem of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It's common name in the Chinese language are the words "shut happy" and represents the character of a happy couple in bed.(合歡花) It’s also known as the tree of joy or the tree of happiness, pink siris tree, pink silk tree, mimosa tree and bastard tamarind among others.
"Herbs like passionflower, holy basil, lavender, california poppy and blue lotus work well with Persian silk tree to enhance the overall effects."
There are many other lookalike trees that are generally called Mimosa trees which are in the same family as Persian silk tree. Though caution is advised that some species in this family do contain toxic alkaloids and haven't been studied well or at all. So be sure, it's true (Persian Silk Tree/Albizia julibrissin/He Huan Hua.) The flowers/bark can all be harvested fresh and made immediately into a tea, tincture or dried for late use. The flowers are the most prized and useful part. They enhance other herbs overall benefits and work well in tea blends for sleep or relaxation. Herbs like passionflower, holy basil, lavender, california poppy and blue lotus work well with Persian silk tree to enhance the overall effects.
Metaphorically it represents pure unconfined happiness. A deep sense of purpose follows all who partake upon the tree of joy. As we go about our days we encounter many feelings and thoughts. We sometimes get caught in the storm of our mind, the moody blues so to speak, without seeing the moment as it is. The silk tree gives us the strength to be present so we can enjoy our precious moments in comfort and happiness together as best we can. As time passes the silk tree leaves it's smiling grin upon us as its gorgeous flowers blossom!
"Albizzia tea and tincture can also be used for better sleep brightening dreams, getting through nightmares and deepening the content of the dreams"
Time tested ancient wisdom has long praised this herb as a necessary and useful tool. The flowers and bark of the Persian silk tree are the most valued, thousands year old tradition of Chinese herbs for promoting relaxation and soothing the nerves. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Albizia julibrissin is called 合歡花 (Hé Huān Huā), and it is used to nourish the heart and calm the spirit (Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine). It is said that prolonged use of the flowers or bark cultivates deep joy and happiness especially when faced with grief and heartbreak. Albizzia tea and tincture can also be used for brightening dreams, better sleep, getting through nightmares and dream clarity (deepening the content of dreams).
Several research articles conclude the potential usefulness of this plant. The benefits of both the bark and flower are likely due to it containing saponins, tannins and glycosides. The bark also contains high amount of anti-oxidants. We hope continued research will follow.
Wether your looking to address grief, get through nightmares, have better sleep or try a new herb this might be one to look into. It is a beautiful addition to anyone’s herbal collection.
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The Dream Catcher Team
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