BLACK WALNUT HULL (juglans nigra)
About this Herb
Besides being one of the most effective herbal laxative remedies and also being rich in Vitamin C, black walnut hulls have a long history in herbal medicine. Pliny the Elder, the Roman naturalist, talked about their healing power in the first century A.D. Seventeenth-century herbalist Nicholas Culpeper prescribed walnut to draw poisonous venom from snake and spider bites. It was the Native Americans, however, who first used black walnut hulls as a laxative and as a treatment for eliminating parasites in the intestine.lower blood pressure and serum cholesterol levels and is believed to burn up toxins and fatty materials while balancing blood sugar levels. The tannins in Black Walnut Hull (and leaves) possess an astringent quality that is thought to shrink the sweat glands and reduce excessive sweating.
The Native Americans used the bark, hulls and the leaf of the Black Walnut tree in their traditional medicine. It was used as a mosquito repellent, for skin disorders and the hulls were used to expel parasites from the intestines.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine they were regarded as a kidney tonic, and the bark, kernel and the hulls were also used to eliminate various types of intestinal worms and parasites.
Black Walnut Benefits
One of the key benefits of Black Walnut Hulls are their ability to expel various kinds of worms and parasites that live in the intestines. Often making an appearance in parasite cleanses, Black Walnut Hulls contain juglandin, juglone and juglandic acids as well as tannins and organic iodine.
The primary active constituent in Black Walnut is a “naphthoquinone”, known as juglone. Juglone is a natural herbicide that exerts an inhibitory effect on certain enzymes needed for metabolic function. It is thought that the high tannin content is also responsible for the anti-parasitic properties of Black Walnut, helping to eliminate microbes from the large intestine. The high tannin and juglone content is also thought to oxygenate the blood which can kill parasites and working as a laxative, it expels parasites as part of its cleansing of the body.
Intestinal Candidiasis is an overgrowth of the Candida fungus, which can actually weaken the walls of the intestines and release toxins into the bloodstream. This plays havoc with the immune system and can manifest in a whole range of baffling symptoms which can be very difficult to diagnose.
The hulls of the Black Walnut are also powerfully anti-fungal, making them a potential Candida killer that may be even more effective than their pharmaceutical counterparts. A study conducted at the University of Mississippi in the 1990’s showed it was just as effective, if not more effective, to use Black Walnut, as it was commercial antifungal preparations. The active ingredient, juglone, has been shown in studies to have an anti-fungal activity and it can also prevent Candida from growing and spreading due to its inhibitory effect on enzymes in the yeast that are needed for metabolic function.
Apart from expelling nasty parasites, fungus and bacteria that can interfere with digestion, Black Walnut Hulls promote healthy digestion and gastrointestinal health. They encourage bowel regularity due to their gentle laxative effect and promote healthy bile flow.
The hull of the Black Walnut is said to tone and heal inflamed intestinal tissue, as well as improving the environment of the digestive tract for more effective assimilation and elimination. It is for this reason that Black Walnut is unusually considered a treatment for both constipation and diarrhoea.
It is also effective against Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) – a bacteria that is responsible for the majority of ulcers that occur in the stomach.
In one of the more unusual benefits of Black Walnut, it is known to help to reduce excessive sweating. The high levels of astringent tannins contained in the hulls are believed to have an effect on overactive sweat glands and decrease the amount of sweat they produce.
- Black walnuts support healthy skin.
- They banish warts and cold sores.
- They kill parasites.
- They treat fungal infections.
- They improve digestion.
How To Use
- Select black walnuts in good condition. You’ll need around 2 quarts of nuts for one quart of tincture.
- Select a good quality 80 proof vodka (40% alcohol bu volume).
- Clean your tincturing vessel (a mason jar will work just fine) and fill about 1/3 full with vodka.
- With a sharp knife, cut off hulls and drop into vodka.
- Fill jar with hulls, covering with additional vodka as needed.
- When jar is full, cover and store out of direct sunlight for around 4-6 weeks, mixing or stirring every few days.
- Strain out hulls and store your black walnut tincture in a clean glass bottle. (Colored glass bottles will help preserve the active ingredients.)
- Best brewed fresh each season, but will likely maintain some medicinal value for years, depending on conditions.Serving size for the Black Walnut green hull tincture is 20 drops.
Serving size for the Black Walnut green hull tincture is 20 drops. The ingredients in the tincture: wild harvested green hull of Black Walnut (juglans nigra), grain alcohol, with the distilled water/grain alcohol content 45-55%, and the dry herb/menstrum ratio is 1:5. Suggested use for the Black Walnut green hull tincture: take 20 drops in a little water 3 times a day. There are about 60 servings per each 2 fluid ounce bottles. (59 ml)
Alternatively, add around a dropper full of tincture to a gallon of warm water in your foot soak basin and soak for 10 minutes per day for up to two weeks. I have not attempted to use this treatment (no athlete’s foot), but it should be safe based on internal dosing recommendations that I have read. Watch for any signs of sensitivity and discontinue use if the treatment causes significant irritation.
Black Walnut Hulls contain juglone, juglandin and juglandic acids, tannins, iodine, omega-3 fatty acids, phytosterols, polyphenols, carotenoids and melatonin
Not recommended for long term use, Black Walnut Hulls should not be used regularly for longer than 2 weeks at a time. Do not use if you are allergic to nuts. Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. If you are taking any medications, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.
BLACK WALNUT HULL (juglans nigra) Hulls
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