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Mimosa (Silk Tree) bark or flower (Albizia julibrissin)*

Known in TCM as He Huan Pi or collective happiness flower. It calms disturbed shen (anxiety, insomnia, bad dreams) and is a very effective mood elevator. Mimosa is also used for irritability, depression, mood swings, poor memory, and anger.

Rose petals (Rosa spp.)*

Especially the fragrant  apothecary roses, are a delight to the senses - they look beautiful, smell wonderful, taste delightful in teas or jellies, and even feel soft and silky. Roses have long been a gift to ask forgiveness or indicate love and affection. Aromatherapists use attar of rose for depression, to “open the heart,” and to comfort those in distress.

Hawthorn berry, flower, and leaf (Crataegus oxycanthoides)*

A well-known heart and cardiovascular remedy used for angina, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis, and atrial fibrillation. Hawthorn is primarily thought of as a circulatory tropho-restorative, but it is also a nervine, digestive aid, and anti-inflammatory. In TCM it is used for dyspepsia and gas. Hawthorn also reduces inflammation in connective tissue and the lungs (especially cardiac asthma).


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Winston, D., Herbal Therapeutics, Specific Indications For Herbs & Herbal Formulas, HTRL, 8th ed., 2003

An Herbal [1525] Also known as Banckes' Herbal. Author unknown, published 1525. Facsimile & transcripted edition ed. by Larkey & Pyles. (NY: Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints, 1941)

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

©2012 Herbal Therapeutics Research Library. All rights reserved

*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.