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Information about the herb Walnut

Juglans nigra, also known as Black Walnut is part of the Juglandaceae plant family. The Common Walnut (Juglans regia) originally comes from Persia (Iran) and extends from Greece and Asia Minor to Lebanon and the Himalayas.


General Information

Botanical Name: Juglans nigra, Juglans regia, Juglans cinerea

Plant Family: Juglandaceae

Common Names:

  • Black Walnut(Juglans nigra)
  • Common Walnut (Juglans regia), Carya, Jupiter's Nuts, Nux persica, Nux regia
  • White Walnut (Juglans cinerea), Butternut, Lemon Walnut, Oil Walnut

Other varieties of Walnut, the Black Walnut and the various kinds of Hickory are mostly natives of North America. Black Walnut is a temperate zone forest tree found in Eastern USA.

White Walnut (Juglans cinerea) is a native North American Tree.

History: The Romans called the tree nux, for its 'fruit'. The English name Walnut comes from Teutonic roots, with the German names Wallnuss or Welsche (meaning 'foreign') Nuss

According to the Doctrine of Signatures, the Walnut being the shape of the brain would be beneficial for all ailments associated with the head and brain.

Tradition: The unshelled Walnutwas

  • carried to promote fertility
  • dropped into the lap of the person suspected of being a witch and if the person was truly a witch they would
  • be unable to rise from a sitting position as long as the walnut was in their lap.

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Usage of Walnut

Black Walnut(Juglans nigra)

Medicinal Parts Used: Nut, Leaves, Bark, rind of the Fruit

Walnut bark is used for:

Female Conditions

  • all mammary excretions
  • stops the production of milk in nursing mothers (during weaning etc.)

Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • diarrhea
  • dysentery

Glandular Conditions

  • scrofulous diseases

Respiratory Tract Conditions

As a mouthwash or gargle for:

  • inflamed tonsils
  • soreness in the mouth

Other

  • skin diseases

Externally as a douche for:

  • leucorrhea

The nut is used for:

Brain and Nervous System Conditions

  • calms hysteria

Female Conditions

  • stops vomiting during pregnancy

Viral Conditions

  • herpes

Other

  • promotes strength
  • weight gain

The ground hull of the nut is used to treat:

Viral and Parasitic Conditions

  • head and body lice
  • herpes
  • internal parasites
  • liver flukes (combined with Wormwood and Cloves)
  • worms (use unripe or green hulls)

Other

  • skin diseases

Walnut leaf is used to treat:

  • boils
  • eczema
  • hives
  • running ulcers
  • sores

Diluted Walnut oil is used to treat:

  • colic (internally)
  • dandruffdry hair
  • gangrene
  • wounds

Rind: The green rind of the fruit can be used as a poultice for:

  • ringworm

Other Uses:

  • a strong decoction of walnut leaves, painted around doorways and woodwork, will repel ants
  • green husks make a yellow dye
  • in hair dyes
  • wood for furniture

Action:

Bark:

  • alterative [an agent capable of favorably altering or changing unhealthy conditions of the body and tending to restore normal bodily function, usually by improving nutrition]
  • astringent [a binding agent that contracts organic tissue, reducing secretions or discharges of mucous and fluid from the body]
  • laxative [an agent promoting evacuation of the bowels; a mild purgative]
  • purgative [an agent that produces a vigorous emptying of the bowels, more drastic than a laxative or aperient]
  • styptic [an agent that contracts tissues; astringent; specifically, a hemostatic agent that stops bleeding by contracting the blood vessels]
  • vermifuge [an agent to expel parasitic worms, especially of the intestines]Leaves:
  • alterative [an agent capable of favorably altering or changing unhealthy conditions of the body and tending to restore normal bodily function, usually by improving nutrition]
  • astringent [a binding agent that contracts organic tissue, reducing secretions or discharges of mucous and fluid from the body]
  • detergent [an agent that cleanses wounds and sores of diseased or dead matter]
  • laxative [an agent promoting evacuation of the bowels; a mild purgative]

Rind:

  • hepatic [a drug that acts on the liver]
  • sudorific (when green) [an agent that promotes or increases perspiration]

Contains:

  • Nucin or Juglon

Nut:

  • albumin
  • cellulose
  • mineral matter
  • mucilage
  • oil
  • protein
  • water

Leaves:

  • Iodine

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Common Walnut (Juglans regia)

Medicinal Parts Used: Nut, Leaves, Bark, rind of the Fruit

Walnut bark is used:

Female Conditions

  • all mammary excretions
  • stops the production of milk in nursing mothers (during weaning etc.)

Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • diarrhea
  • dysentery

Glandular Conditions

  • scrofulous diseases

Respiratory Tract Conditions

As a mouthwash or gargle for:

  • inflamed tonsils
  • soreness in the mouth

Viral Conditions

  • herpes

Other

  • skin diseases

Externally as a douche for:

  • leucorrhea

The nut is used:

Brain and Nervous System Conditions

  • calms hysteria

Female Conditions

  • stops vomiting during pregnancy

Other

  • weight gain
  • promotes strength

The ground hull of the nut is used to treat:

Bacterial, Parasitic and Viral conditions

  • head and body lice
  • herpes
  • internal parasites
  • liver flukes (combined with Wormwood and Cloves)
  • worms (use unripe or green hulls)

Other

  • skin diseases

Common Walnut is used internally for:

Blood Conditions

  • cleanses the blood
  • thins blood

Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • stomach tonic
  • catarrhal enteritis
  • cleanses the stomach
  • foul intestines
  • intestinal disorders
  • promotes appetite
  • strengthens a weak stomach

Liver Conditions

  • cleanses the liver
  • jaundice

Male Conditions

  • failing virility

Metabolic Conditions

  • diabetes

Other

  • gum problems

and is used externally to treat:

  • acne
  • boils
  • dandruff
  • chill blains
  • eczema
  • festering fingernails and toenails
  • glandular swelling
  • gout
  • hives
  • rheumatism
  • rickets
  • running ulcers
  • scrofula
  • sores
  • sweaty feet
  • swellings of the bones

Diluted Walnut oil is used to treat:

  • colic (internally)
  • cradle-cap
  • dandruff
  • dry hair
  • gangrene
  • head scabs
  • lice
  • wounds

Rind: The green rind of the fruit can be used as a poultice for:

  • ringworm

Other Uses:

  • a strong decoction of walnut leaves, painted around doorways and woodwork, will repel ants
  • green husks make a yellow dye
  • in hair dyes
  • wood for furniture

Action:

Bark:

  • alterative [an agent capable of favorably altering or changing unhealthy conditions of the body and tending to restore normal bodily function, usually by improving nutrition]
  • astringent [a binding agent that contracts organic tissue, reducing secretions or discharges of mucous and fluid from the body]
  • laxative [an agent promoting evacuation of the bowels; a mild purgative]
  • purgative [an agent that produces a vigorous emptying of the bowels, more drastic than a laxative or aperient]
  • styptic [an agent that contracts tissues; astringent; specifically, a hemostatic agent that stops bleeding by contracting the blood vessels]
  • vermifuge [an agent to expel parasitic worms, especially of the intestines]

Leaves:

  • alterative [an agent capable of favorably altering or changing unhealthy conditions of the body and tending to restore normal bodily function, usually by improving nutrition]
  • astringent [a binding agent that contracts organic tissue, reducing secretions or discharges of mucous and fluid from the body]
  • detergent [an agent that cleanses wounds and sores of diseased or dead matter]
  • laxative [an agent promoting evacuation of the bowels; a mild purgative]

Rind:

  • hepatic [a drug that acts on the liver]
  • sudorific (when green) [an agent that promotes or increases perspiration]

Contains:

  • Nucin or Juglon

Nut:

  • albumin
  • cellulose
  • mineral matter
  • mucilage
  • oil
  • protein
  • water

Leaves:

  • Iodine

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White Walnut (Juglans cinerea)

Medicinal Parts Used: Bark of the root

White Walnut is used for:

Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • chronic constipation
  • dysentery

Bacterial and Parasitic Conditions

  • expels worms
  • syphilis

Respiratory Conditions

  • feverish colds
  • influenza

Other

  • old ulcers

The Oil of the Fruit:

  • removes tapeworm

Action:

  • anthelmintic [an agent that destroys or expels intestinal worms and/or parasites; vermicide; vermifuge]
  • cathartic (mild) [an agent producing evacuation of the bowels]
  • laxative [an agent promoting evacuation of the bowels; a mild purgative]
  • rubefacient [a gentle local irritant that produces blisters, inflammation and reddening of the skin]
    soothing
  • tonic [an agent that tones, strengthens and invigorates organs or the entire organism giving a feeling of well-being]
  • vermifuge [an agent to expel parasitic worms, especially of the intestines]

Contains:

  • a bitter extractive
  • Juglandic Acid
  • oily matter
  • volatile acid

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Precautions

Drug Interactions:

Do not use Walnut without first talking to your practitioner or healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following medications:

  • None indicated

Products

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