Mimosa hostilis root bark is one of the only all-natural dyes useful for tie dying clothing, and using mimosa hostilis root bark for your arts and crafts outside of tie dying is completely eco-friendly since the dye itself is only created using the bark of the tree, and considering bark is like skin in that it regrows itself after a period of time, you can rest assured that nature is never hurt when using the bark as a dye base. For any projects where you are looking for earthy reds, browns and purples, mimosa hostilis root bark is without a doubt the best choice for the eco-conscious tie dyer.
While its medicinal properties are one of the main reasons it has remained prominent within the Mayan cultures and other indigenous tribes over the millennia, it also has a number of other uses. Touted as one of the purest all-natural natural dyes on the planet, mimosa hostilis root bark dye is created using the bark of the plant to create deep pink, purple, red and brown dyes, depending on the root used and the processes of refining the dye. Since it lacks chemical toxins otherwise found in commercial dyes, this is one of the premier ways to tie dye shirts and other articles of clothing, because it is completely natural and free of any sort of harmful products, which means even the kids can use it without fear of harmful byproducts. Plus, since it is completely natural and biodegradable you can wash the shirts in rivers and streams while camping without worrying about any potential runoff.
Valued for centuries in various cultures throughout Latin America for its many medicinal properties ranging from its use as an anti-inflammatory when brewed in teas or used as a compact poultice due to the numerous steroids found within to reduce swelling, to its use as an astringent for helping to stop the bleeding of cuts and abrasions, mimosa hostilis root bark is a natural product harvested from the mimosa hostilis shrub, otherwise known as the mimosa tenuiflora, jurema or the tepozcohuite tree. Found throughout Central and South America ranging from the coast of Mexico down to the north-eastern sections of Brazil, mimosa hostilis root bark can be harvested from the perennial evergreen shrub from whence it takes its name, so long as it is taken from the mature plants so as not to damage the younger ones.