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Ebay and Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark:

Hello guys: many of you are asking about Ebay’s late efforts to remove most, if not all of the Mimosa Hostilis listings on its site. I will address this topic to give you an idea of what is happening with Ebay. First of all, I am one of the vendors, whose listings have been removed. Ebay has a policy against selling Mimosa Hostilis root bark on its website, a policy which by the way is not fully enforced for the most part. There are some items you can list on Ebay where you cannot get past the title section of the process; however, because people are still allowed to sell Mimosa Hostilis seeds and other related items it is possible to add those words to the title and description of the listing.

In addition, Ebay knows that sellers are selling MHRB on the site, and they know who they are. If the listing is short with little information it has a bigger probability of surviving ebay’s scrutiny for well over a month. Ebay, at least in my opinion sweeps through all the Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark listings either randomly, or they are triggered by another action. Perhaps, it could be an ebay user or competitor that reports the listing or seller. I have to confess, that we were so well received on Ebay by its users, that on day 40 to 50 (I cant remember) we became the biggest seller of Mimosa Hostilis on Ebay. Believe me, I know this because I use Terapeak to track every single seller on Ebay. If you do not know what Terapeak is and you sell on Ebay, then you could be making more money with this tool (it is not free, but it is very cheap). I suspect, that either the seller who noticed I was taking more and more of his/her revenues got upset and reported me, or sent someone to do it. Either way, I am happy to have many of you as repeat customers. I try to be competitive when it comes to price, and I know for a fact that I am very competitive when it comes to quality.

In summary, Ebay knows we sellers and buyers of Mimosa Hostilis Inner Root Bark interact and conduct business using their website, and they let it go for the most part unless someone reports a listing or seller. Ebay concedes MHRB is legal, but since some people misuse it (tiny fraction of users) they do not want to encourage these people to buy on their website. Thank you again for your questions and I hope I clarified most of it.

How to use Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark to dye clothes:

Today I decided to write about how to use Mimosa Hostilis root bark for your dyeing projects because many of you have asked for instructions at check out. The first thing you must know is that not all fabrics can be dyed with this natural product. The best fabrics to dye with MHRB are those fabrics that are made from natural materials as well. Cotton, silk, wool and linen are all good when using Mimosa Hostilis powdered inner root bark. Before you start, you need to wash the fabric and leave it wet. Some people use salt or vinegar as a fixative or mordant, dissolve salt or vinegar in water, place the fabric in the solution for an hour and rinse afterwards (leave wet).

Place Mimosa Hostilis powder in a pot and pour water until desired color is achieved (remember that clothes will have a lighter color after they dry). Put fabric into the pot and bring it to a slow boil, stir once a while for about 1 hour. When you get the color you want, rinse fabric in cold water and dry normally. Finally, you can send me pictures of your projects.

Bulk Mimosa Hostilis From USA and Brazil

We sell Mimosa Hostilis root bark in bulk from both USA and Brazil. However, there is a difference in price due to two factors: risk of package from Brazil getting lost and or stopped at customs is much higher than same package shipped from within the USA, where the risk at customs is non existent. Everybody wants to buy Mimosa Hostilis at bulk rates, but they want the package to be shipped from USA. Needless to say that I have never lost a package I have sent to customers in USA, and unfortunately I cannot say the same for packages that are shipped from Brazil to USA. I always advice international customers to start with a small purchase to test the waters and see how long your Mimosa Hostilis takes to arrive. Customers who live in the USA and want to get the best prices can buy directly from someone in Brazil, but you will not really know what you are getting after you have spent a few hundred dollars. Worst case scenario, you actually don’t get anything. That is why we offer wholesale rates on Mimosa Hostilis shipped from Brazil when they are large quantities, because you actually know what you are getting (since I offer free samples or you have purchased from me before). That only leaves the risk of package getting lost, with a low probability but probable nonetheless. If you want to buy bulk mimosa hostilis root bark do not hesitate to ask.

Wholesale: +10kg

When a potential customer wants to buy 10kg or more of mimosa hostilis root bark, I encourage them to contact me directly as the price will vary depending on many factors. As a matter fact, I sometimes have a waiting list for large orders, one for finely powdered inner root bark and one for shredded inner root bark. When I have a large amount of stock, I discount bulk orders more than 50% of normal kg rates. We never accept payments unless we have the whole order ready to be shipped; when we place customers on waiting list we do not accept payments until we import the product. Usually the wait can be 1 or 2 weeks depending on how successful we are of importing the Mimosa Hostilis to the US.

If you have any questions or concerns, or you want a quote for a large order: do not hesitate to contact us and we will reply as soon as possible. If you just want the best deal possible but you do not want to use all the product at once: We have made arrangements in the past where customers place a large order and we ship fractions of the order (always fresh) per the customer request when they need it. That way you do not have to store such a large amount for a long period of time. Mimosa Hostilis root bark is like many natural products, the fresher the better.

100% Organic Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark

Any product that contains 100% organic ingredients can be considered 100% organic. In the case of this root bark, nothing is added to the bark anytime during the process of drying or powdering; which means is all natural. I do receive many questions regarding this topic because several vendors put their mimosa hostilis bark through a process to treat the bark before it is shredded or powdered. We put the inner root bark to dry under the sun (this part of Brazil does not get a lot of rain, when it does rain: it can slow our process by a few days). After the Mimosa Hostilis bark is completely dried, it is powdered and packed. We do not add anything, not even water. We have a vendor who uses a type of oven to dry this root bark, mostly to speed the process when demand is high. Drying Jurema Preta this way is still natural and achieves the same results, without having to deal with the rain and at the same time cutting the process time almost in half. Farmers in this region of Brazil, do not even wash the long pieces of bark (sometimes 5 or 6 feet long). After these roots are uncovered, they cut a long stripe on the top part of the Mimosa Hostilis root, which they grab by one end and move the same way a lion tamer does a whip, so hard the other end recoils and this long piece of root bark is clean of all dirt.

Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark and International Shipping

Most of the questions I get from international customers are related to whether I have had any problems shipping MHRB to a particular country. I will attempt to explain some of the most common concerns regarding international shipping. The most important step when ordering Mimosa Hostilis from another country is to find out if MHRB can be imported to that country (as it is the case with most countries). Many of the factors  to consider when importing Mimosa Hostilis Root bark is weight, type of bark, and container. The bigger the quantity of Mimosa Hostilis the more scrutiny it may face through customs. There is always a chance for customs to question a big package (even if just contains sand). Therefore, the smaller the quantity the easiest it will be to go through. You can ship several kgs, up to 10 to many countries with no problems, but as I said: there is always a small chance of losing your package. I have shipped Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark in various quantities to the following countries and never had a problem: Australia, Canada, Germany, UK, Finland, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Philippines.

Another factor is type of bark, the bigger the pieces the less problems, when the bark is shredded the package faces less scrutiny. I did not believe this until I started importing Mimosa Hostilis root bark ( I can only speak for USA) but it is the case here. I always send the items as art supplies – non flammable. In addition, the bag always has a small label that says Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark in case the package gets opened no one has to guess (if you prefer I can remove the label, just let me know). The last factor is type of container, this only plays a role when sending large quantities (5 kg +). When I send small quantities up to 1kg, it ships in an envelope and double bagged inside. Larger quantities ship in a box, much bigger than needed and the root bark comes lose in the box. My advice when importing Mimosa Hostilis is to try a small quantity first, you will not get the best deal this way but it will serve as a test. We are not responsible if the package gets lost or scrutinized in transit. I keep a receipt form USPS with weight and destination country, along with a dated stamp on the customs form and declaration. I send you that picture after I ship the item.

To summarize, when importing Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark to any country, check if it is ok before you order. Make your first order a small one, and start with shredded if possible. This will give you a chance to see the quality and get used the process.

Mimosa Hostilis Trees

Mimosa Hostilis or Jurema Preta is a perennial tree, which means it can leave for more than two years. In the case of Mimosa Hostilis trees, they can live for many years, many live 20, 30; however, some live 60, 70+ years these are the best to harvest. Unlike, what many of you think: you can actually harvest the root bark of Mimosa Hostilis trees without killing the trees. If done correctly, you can harvest the same tree many times in its lifetime. Another important step is to plant more seeds regardless of the durability of the Mimosa Tenuiflora tree (in part, due to demand)

One myth of the Mimosa Hostilis tree is that they grow in the jungle, I have seen some listings on Ebay where sellers claim their Mimosa Hostilis root bark comes form the jungle in Brazil, and nothing could be further from the truth. These trees grow in semi-dry flat areas with plenty of sun. Many of the Mimosa trees family are considered invasive species in many parts of the world. The seeds propagate easily and without doing much work, you may end up with lots of Mimosa Hostilis trees in any given area that has the right conditions for these trees to succeed. Many people are buying seeds or small Mimosa Hostilis plants to grow here in the US. I will dedicate another article about growing and planting these trees.

Mimosa Hostilis Wholesale Rates:

We receive many inquiries by you guys all the time about Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark wholesale rates. Unfortunately, we do not always provide you with the same answer as far as the specific rate. We will attempt to give you a range so you can have an idea (not that we mind all the questions about bulk rates).

First of all, there is a difference in rates between shredded MHRB and finely powdered MHRB, if some of you have ever tried to powder shredded MHRB then you know why. We have different rates depending on quantity of course, but since most of you ask about the price for 1kg of Mimosa Hostilis here go:

Keep in mind that there are many factors at play such as: orders not going through customs or a big cancellation that may affect our stock. In general 1 Kg of shredded MHRB will cost at least $200 including shipping (from USA) and 1 Kg of powdered MHRB will cost at least $300 including shipping as well. This may change depending on those factors mentioned before.

Mexican vs Brazilian Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark

(Tepezcohuite vs Jurema Preta)

Many of our customers claim to have the expertise to be able to tell apart these two MHRB products. In other words, they claim they can, by looking at just one sample of mimosa hostilis root bark (shredded or powdered) and nothing else to compare it to, if its from Brazil or Mexico (or in many cases Guatemala). There are many sellers who are selling their root bark claiming it comes from Brazil ( I know for a fact, some are lying). The world of mimosa hostilis root bark (growers, producers) is very small, at least those producers who move large quantities. Tepezcohuite sellers in Mexico know about one another, in many cases, they know one another. The same can be said about Jurema Preta growers and wholesalers in Brazil. In both countries, they live in the same region of the country (not very populated areas). More than once, we have switched vendors in Brazil, only to find out that both vendors knew who I was buying from and who I was going start buying from. The point is, we know what sellers in the US are not buying in Brazil (but claim their mhrb is from Brazil).

The reason this is important is a fundamental difference in the process of collecting the bark from these trees. Brazilians collect the bark from the trees (I believe all of them, but at least most of them) by uncovering the roots first, then stripping as much bark as possible without damaging the roots of the tree. After this very labor intensive process, they cover the roots with dirt once again and chances are that these trees will be ok, and can be harvested again a few months or years later. This process gives you the best mimosa hostilis root bark (after all, it’s in the name).

In Mexico, many if not all growers believe that collecting the root bark from these trees will kill the trees. This results in many growers collecting regular trunk bark (which is a good product if you are using it to treat skin problems or to make skin products) but not so good for dying. That is not to say that in Mexico there is no good quality and authentic root bark (there is, but many kill the trees) and there is less and less of it as it is the case with acacia confusa in Hawaii (less and less of it).

Some of our customers, and I suspect one competitor or two, have asked us to prove our product comes from Brazil. This is a very easy task for us due to the fact that we receive shipments on a weekly or sometimes every other week basis. We do not like to post those pictures here for obvious reasons, but sometimes we provide several recent tracking numbers from Salvador or Sao Paulo to Las Vegas along with a picture of the box and customs declaration form.


MHRB different applications in Mexico

Mimosa Hostilis root bark is known as Tepezcohuite in Mexico. Unlike countries in South America, where Jurema Preta is used for divination purposes; in Mexico Tepezcohuite has completely different applications. The most common applications have to do with the skin and treatment of the skin. As a matter of fact, Mimosa Hostilis is known as the skin tree by many natives. Mayans used MHRB to treat burns and other skin problems. Nowadays, many people (many of my customers) buy Tepezcohuite to create products to be exclusively used externally. They make, lotions, soaps, shampoo among others. Mimosa Hostilis root bark, has many properties:

  • Helps stop bleeding from wounds and guard the skin against infections.
  • Can treat skin infections and fungi
  • Provides reconstructive and regenerative capabilities to help restore damaged skin preventing or even destroying evidence of scars.
  • If used daily, it can eliminate or reduce wrinkles.
  • Can be used as anti-inflammatory to treat skin inflammations and edemas.
  • Can be used as pain reliever because it soothes the pain caused by burns and wounds. Use as ointment in affected areas. It is good for muscle pain as well.
  • Can be used to treat acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, rash, skin irritation, spots and sunburn.

How to plant Mimosa Hostilis Trees

Many people buy seeds, and start from scratch. Others skip this step to save some time, but patience is the name of the game if you are trying grow your own Mimosa Hostilis or Jurema Preta trees to do your own harvesting. As I have explained in previous articles, Mimosa Hostilis trees do not grow in the jungle as some sellers claim. Rather, they thrive in flat, sunny, semi dry areas. First thing is to select a planting location that obtains lots of sunlight, this first step is very important for Mimosa Hostilis trees. You should test your soil with a soil test kit available in many do it yourself stores (home depot, local nurseries). Mimosa Hostilis trees can easily adapt to many types of soil types, except salty soils. Dig a tree for each Mimosa Hostilis tree that is at least double the width of the root ball. The idea here is to loosen the soil around the roots so that they can spread in the early stages of growth and get really long roots, which results in high yield root bark harvest.

Its is recommended to mix sphagnum peat moss with the soil you dug from the holes at a ratio of 1 part sphagnum peat moss to 4 parts soil. This will largely improve soil drainage and fertility. In addition, it will acidify the soil resulting in lower alkalinity. Although Mimosa Hostilis trees tolerate slightly alkaline soil, they most likely will not tolerate highly alkaline soil, with a pH over 8. Next, you will insert each Mimosa Hostilis tree into its planting hole, and spread its roots carefully. Cover each hole with the mixed soil and do not allow the soil to pile around the tree higher than its soil level. At the beginning it is recommended to water the trees several times a week to saturate the soil. Once the Mimosa Hostilis tree has adapted to its new location, it will require much less water to thrive.

Mimosa Hostilis generates antidepressant substance

According to one study in Mexico, extracts from Mimosa Hostilis were used to help with depression. In this study, Mimosa Hostilis Root Bark extract was used in various concentrations to test rats. Subject rats were given a saline solution, another group of rats were given several dosages of MHRB, and the last group was given diazepam during a 30 day period when they were part of the forced swimming test. Results of the study showed that rats that were given MHRB reacted very similar to the group that received diazepam, which is an anti depressant. Unlike rats in the group that only received a saline solution, the other two groups showed a reduced rate of immobility in the forced swimming test and increased the rate of reinforces. As a result, this study found that mimosa hostilis root bark produced an anti depressant like profile similar to those found in tricyclic antidepressants.