There was a Mimosa tree in my front yard when I was growing up. On hot summer days, the neighborhood kids gathered under its broad branches in the hopes of finding relief from the sun’s brutal onslaught. We wiled away our summer talking about life, girls, and football.
Someone once told me that farmers cut Mimosa trees down because they are poisonous. I’m not sure why they believe that, but in traditional Chinese medicine, the pink flowers and bark are used to relieve depression and lift a person’s spirits. They call it “happiness bark.”
We are an over-medicated society that gives antidepressants to our children even though they have a long list of negative side effects, including suicide. A society that puts its children at risk to control behavior has lost its way. On the other hand, Mimosa bark presents an inexpensive alternative treatment for grief without the dangerous side effects of pharmaceuticals.