This Herbalist Day, Mimi Hernandez, RH(AHG) shares with us a celebratory cheer with her sparkling Mimi’s Mimosa Mimosa recipe! In this video excerpt of Mimi’s interview with HA Staff Herbalist Heather Wood Buzzard, we learn about this tree’s uplifting benefits and a bubbly herbal recipe to make with its blossoms.
As Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild, clinical herbalist and ethnobotanist Mimi Hernandez is a leader in our herbalist community. Influenced by her Mexican-Colombian background and the Abuelas in her life, she believes in the importance of keeping plant wisdom alive and is a proponent of both traditional and professional herbal pathways.
A Love for Its Blossoms
This recipe is inspired by the beautiful puffs of blossom from the mimosa tree, Albizia julibrissin. Known as the tree of happiness, mimosa blossoms and bark have an uplifting action, helping to ease constriction over the heart. Albizia julibrissin is a fast growing non-native tree, so overharvesting of blossoms is not a major concern. These showy pompom-like flowers resemble little pink fireworks and are sure to add a festive feeling to your Herbalist Day!
Join Mimi Hernandez below, as she shares her inspiriting elixir!
Mimi’s Mimosa Blossom Mimosa
Mimi's Mimosa Blossom Mimosa
The wonderfully uplifting recipe is easy to make and delightfully beautiful!!
To make the syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Several handfuls of fresh mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) blossom
Optional: violet (Viola odorata, V. sororia) flower or hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) calyx for vibrancy
To make mimosa:
1 fl oz mimosa syrup
Chilled bubbly of choice, such as seltzer, sparkling water, or tonic
- To prepare an herb-infused simple syrup, add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water in a small pot and bring to a simmer, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove simple syrup from heat and stir in several handfuls of fresh mimosa blossoms.
- For a more vibrant pink or violet color, add a couple of hibiscus calyces or violet petals.
- Prepare the inspiriting elixir by blending a chilled bubbly of choice with 1 fl oz of mimosa infused simple syrup, or to taste.
- Garnish with a floral sprig.
Cheers this Herbalist Day!
Herbalist Day is a special holiday to celebrate our unique journeys as herbalists, the herbalist mentors and influencers that have helped shape our learning and experience, and the greatest teachers of all, the plants themselves.
In the spirit of Herbalist Day, we share this special toast of Mimi’s Mimosa Mimosa with you! It’s also in the spirit of Herbalist Day that we share 20% off all Herbal Academy herbalism programs to welcome you into our herbal classrooms! If you’re interested in exploring or expanding your herbal knowledge with education, consider signing up April 10 through April 17 to get 20% off your herbal courses.
Cheers, and Happy Herbalist Day!