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Mimosa hostilis, also known as mimosa tenuiflora for those who are scientifically inclined, is an evergreen shrub that is native to the areas between southern Mexico along the coast of Chiapas down to the north-eastern regions of Brazil near Rio Grande de Norte and Pernambuco. For millennia the natives of Central and South America have used mimosa hostilis root bark to treat a wide variety of medical symptoms ranging from skin lesions to infections, since the powdered bark contains a high amount of tannins that keep the skin from bleeding and thus bind the wound and protect it against future damage. Plus, with three types of steroids it can be used as an anti-inflammatory, not to mention it is packed full of antioxidant flavonoids, vitally important for staving off a variety of aging issues. And while it is perhaps the use of mimosa hostilis root bark as an entheogen substance for various religious, shamanic and spiritual ceremonies that has created such a buzz in Western communities, there is another use that most media outlets pass over when talking about the plant: its non-medical uses.
While its high tannin content makes it useful for protecting wood construction due to the fact that it prevents the wood from rotting, the tannin also makes this a powerful leather and textile dye. Known by art lovers around the world for being one of the most powerful all-natural pigments in the world, especially for creating the tie dye behind the eponymous t-shirts and other articles of clothing, mimosa hostilis root bark has also become popular given its all-natural, non-chemical base. Best of all, it is also completely sustainable, since the plant will grow a new layer of bark to replace whatever is harvested from the adult root.
Mimosa hostilis root bark is completely chemical free and 100 percent biodegradable, making it one of the safest tie dyes available on the natural market. The bark can be used to create a wide variety of pigments based upon your needs, and when compared against the traditional dyes used in a commercial setting with their synthetic ingredients, provide a healthy and all-natural way of tie dying and decorating any of your projects. Mostly earthy in color, the natural shades provided by mimosa hostilis root bark are deep purples and pinks, along with dark reds and browns, although how dark you want your dye to be depends on how much of the root you use and your personal preference.
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