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Acacia dealbata.

Early in spring, when hardly any other plant has dared to poke a leaf out this species of Mimosa is in full bloom. Its clusters of miniature suns radiate a little bit of floral sunshine, spreading hope and glory with the promise of the coming spring. Mimosa is the herald of better times ahead. Right away the winter blues drifts away, the bleak browns and yellows of the countryside don't seem quite so drab anymore. Acacias belong to a very large family of trees many of which have long played interesting roles in our history and culture. This particular Mimosa is regarded as a sign of hope and in France, people present each other with bushels of flowers as if to brush the winter's hardship away. It is mostly used for high class perfumery and added to some particularly lush skin care products. Recently the Absolute has become popular with aromatherapists, who like to include it in certain blends as a kind of aromatic treat. In Australia, where this tree originates various medicinal applications are also recorded, mostly involving the bark and gum.

Mimosa oil is mostly used in special aromatherapy skin care products. If you really want to spoil your skin blend a bath, body or facial cleansing lotions with this oil. It nourishes and softens the skin and soothes inflamed or sensitive areas. It is also a wonderful oil for lifting the spirit and letting go of worries and fear.

Mimosa can be used in celebrations of spring to welcome the return of the Goddess. It brings hope and joy and banishes the demons of depression. It is suitable for rites of renewal, for turning a leaf or starting on a new endeavour. It can also be used for dream work and astral travel. It belongs to the throat chakra and promotes communication and exchange.

A sweet, woody, floral, powdery scent. Blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Coriander, Citronella, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Oakmoss, Pettigrain, Rose, Sweet Marjoram, Violet and Ylang Ylang.