More about Mimosa Hostilis and Jurema

Are you curious about Mimosa Hostilis commonly known as Jurema? This versatile plant has piqued the interest of many people for its various uses and benefits. From traditional shamanic rituals to modern-day skincare products, Mimosa Hostilis Jurema has found its way into numerous industries. At Maya Ethnobotanicals you can buy mimosa hostilis from Brazil and Mexico.

What is Mimosa Hostilis or Jurema?

Mimosa hostilis, also known as jurema, is a shrub or small tree in the Fabaceae family. Also known as the Mimosa Tenuiflora tree. It is an acacia variety native to the North East of Brazil, but has been introduced to other countries in South America and Africa. In the  North East there are two types, locally called Jurema Preta and Jurema Branca. for religious use they only value the Jurema Preta, the Jurema Branca doesn’t seem to have the same amount of alkaloids. Jurema Preta has spines, Jurema Branca doesn’t.

Mimosa hostilis is used for a variety of purposes, including traditional medicine, fuel wood, and as an ornamental plant. The bark of the tree is often used to make a tea that is said to have psychoactive properties. The active ingredient in the bark is thought to be DMT (dimethyltryptamine). it is sometimes uses as an Mimosa Ayahuasca analogue because of its chemistry and supposed hallucinogenic effects. People relate psychedelic effects. It has been used in combination with P. Harmala also called Syrian Rue.

Acacias grow all over the world and the wood is even mentioned in the old testament for use in the tabernacle. Many varieties around the globe contain DMT.

Mimosa Hostilis Flower Jurema Preta
Mimosa Hostilis Flower

Mimos Hostilis Botanical Description

Mimosa hostilis is a perennial shrub or small tree that grows up to 8 m in height. The stem is dark brown to black in colour with a smooth, shiny surface. The leaves are alternately arranged and have a bipinnate structure with 10-20 pairs of primary leaflets and 5-10 pairs of secondary leaflets. The leaf margins are serrated and the tips are pointed. The flowers are small, white and borne in clusters at the ends of the branches. The fruit is a leathery pod which contains several seeds.

Mimosa hostilis is native to the savannah of the Brazilian North East. It has been introduced to other countries in South America, Central America, and Africa. Jur prefers dry climates and can be found mainly in arid conditions such as found in the savannahs or sertão from Brazil. It grows mostly upwards from the northern tip of Minas Gerais all the way to the point of Brazil in Piaui and Rio Grande do Norte. It can grow in more humid climates but is not as common. In the North East one can drive for days and see only Jurema Preta by the side of the road and as far as the eye can see.


The Different Parts of Mimosa Hostilis

Mimosa hostilis or Jurema, is often used in traditional ceremonies by the local population. The bark of roots of the tree is usually harvested and used to make a tea, which is said to have psychoactive effects. The leaves and flowers of the tree are also used in traditional medicine. In the savannah when it rains flash floods make gullies in the landscape and expose the roots of the Jurema trees. Traditionally they would only take the inner root bark of the naturally exposed roots.

Jurema Mimosa Hostilis tree
Mimosa Hostilis tree

Nowadays the bark is the most commonly used part of the tree and can be harvested all year round. It is harvested in strips and the natives make it into a tea, which is said to have psychoactive effects.

Apart from religious use it is also used in natural medicine or as a natural red dye. It gives a beautiful deep Bordeaux like red color. The leaves and flowers are also used in traditional medicine and can be harvested during the flowering season.

The supposed Benefits of Mimosa Hostilis

Mimosa hostilis, also known as jurema has been used for centuries by indigenous people in the northeast of Brazil and even into the Amazon basin for its wide range of medicinal properties.

The benefits of Mimosa hostilis include:

1. treating anxiety and depression
2. reducing inflammation
3. relieving pain
4. boosting energy levels
5. aiding in digestion
6. promoting skin health

Mimosa Hostilis is said to be cooling and anti-inflammatory and is nowadays even used in cosmetics. It is also used in salves to treat burns of the skin. The indigenous people use it against snake and scorpion bites and eat the flowers.

Jurema Catimbo Religion

Jurema is a religion that is based on the worship of nature and the spirits that inhabit it. It has its roots in the African traditions brought to Brazil by slaves, and its name comes from the jurema tree, which is considered to be sacred by followers of this faith. The central figure in Jurema is the priestess, who is responsible for communicating with the spirits and facilitating their connection with the worshippers.


The rituals are typically conducted at night, around a bonfire, and involve singing, dancing, and drumming. Jurema is a syncretic religion, which means that it incorporates elements from various other faiths. For example, many Jurema practitioners also follow Catholicism or Brazilian Spiritism. This makes it a relatively flexible belief system that can be adapted to different individual needs and preferences.


The name “Jurema” comes from the tree that is central to the religion, which is also known as the “tree of life.” The Jurema tree is believed to have magical powers and is used in many of the rituals associated with the religion. There are two main deities in Jurema: Paje (the creator god) and Jurema Preta (the goddess of the forest).

Other important figures include the Orixás (deities of the Yoruba pantheon) and Exú (a messenger spirit). Jurema is a religion that is based on nature. Its rituals and ceremonies are focused on interacting with the natural world, and its practitioners believe that everything in nature has a spirit that can be communicated with. This belief leads to a deep respect for the environment and all forms of life.

Jurema Ritual

The most important ritual in Jurema is the “juremada,” which is a nine-day ceremony that involves fasting and drinking an infusion made from the root bark of the tree or Vinho da Jurema as they call it. This Jurema ceremony is seen as a way to connect with the spirit world and achieve personal transformation. A true spiritual experience according to the devotees, that they say gives them a different perspective of reality.

Jurema is a religion that centers around the worship of nature spirits. Its followers believe that everything in the natural world is connected and that all living things have a spirit.

 The Jurema Catimbo religion is not affiliated with any mainstream religious organization. However, it has gained some popularity in recent years, particularly among young people who are interested in alternative spiritual practices.

Cabocla Jurema

Apart from the Mimosa Hostilis and the related Jurema religion in Brazilian spiritual folklore she is also an entity, a spirit of the forest. Cabocla means indigenous and as the legend goes Jurema was an indigenous woman from the Tupinamba tribe, the daughter of the chief who after she passed away became a spiritual being. In Brazilian Umbanda and other spiritism traditions she is highly revered as a protector of the forest and guide shining light in the darkness of the metaphorical forest of life.

Some people say that the plant was named after the entity since she is said to be able to manifest in the rituals where the tea of the Jurema bark is drunk.

Quoting a description:

Cabocla Jurema is an Afro-Brazilian spirit of the forest. She is a healer and protector of nature, and is often invoked for healing rituals and protection against environmental destruction. Cabocla Jurema is also associated with the practice of shamanism, and is said to be able to teach those who are open to learning how to connect with the spirit world and work with plant medicine.

Jurema History

Jurema is a Brazilian shrub that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. The leaves and bark of the plant are used to make a tea that is said to have many health benefits. Jurema is also known as Mimosa hostilis, and is part of the Fabaceae family.

The exact origins of Jurema are unknown, but it is thought to be native to Brazil. The first recorded use of the plant was by the indigenous people of Brazil, who have used it for centuries in traditional medicine. The leaves and bark of the plant are used to make a tea that is said to have many health benefits. Jurema is also known as Mimosa hostilis, and is part of the Fabaceae family.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Jurema due to its purported health benefits. Some people believe that drinking Jurema tea can help with weight loss, detoxification, and improve digestion. Additionally, some people claim that Jurema can help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.

Jurema Indigenous use

The indigenous people of the Brazilian northeast have used it as medicine for physical and spiritual health since way before the discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese. They give great value to the plant as a teacher plant and to contact their ancestors. In the Savanah or sertão it is basically the only tree that grows so it has been used for all sorts of uses from the most sacred to the most common such as construction and firewood. Maybe this is what made it so sacred to them, that it is linked to their physical survival as well as their spiritual life.

They ingest the Jurema wine as they call it that they make from the fresh bark soaked in water, a cold water infusion from the freshly harvested root bark. After this the shamans and mediums of the tribe go into trance receiving the spirits of their ancestors and prophesize. They also use the leaves of the tree mixed with tobacco to smudge their sacred space, do healings and clean the bodies of those in need.

For them the Jurema Preta has many uses. The bark can be used to make a tea that is said to be effective in treating fevers and diarrhea. The leaves can be used to make a poultice that is effective in treating wounds. The roots can be used to make a decoction that is said to be effective in treating snake bites and scorpion stings. The flower petals can be eaten raw or cooked, and are said to have a sweet flavour.

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Maya Ethnobotanicals offers a selection of Mimosa Hostilis root bark. The most active part of the tree is the root bark, for this reason traditional use for medicine preparation in general has always been done with the root bark. For some preparations the leaves are used but that is more rare.

We offer a few types from Brazil and we also have Jurema from Mexico. Another Acacia product is the Acacia Confusa. If you want to buy mimosa hostilis Maya is the place. We sell both retail and wholesale. To buy mimosa hostilis wholesale please send a message to our team. Our Mimosa is a quality product.

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Mimosa hostilis jurema is an amazing and versatile plant that has been used for centuries in spiritual ceremonies, medicinal purposes, and even food. The leaves can be brewed into a tea or fumigated to produce a trance-like state. For the indigenous people of the Brazilian Northeast and other religious manifestations in Brazil Jurema is much more than a plant, it is a manifestation of nature, a way of life and guiding force in the wilderness of life.


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