|Common Names |
|Black Walnut |
|Botanical Name |
|Juglans nigra |
How to Use|
Side Effects |
Plant & Garden|
Walnut hulls are found in many
herbal cleansing formulations
Walnuts are a good source dietary source of serotonin, which is important in maintaining a healthy emotional balance. A lack of serotonin in the brain is thought to be a cause of depression. Walnuts are also one of the best plant based sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Both research and population studies have shown that having the right balance of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet reduces inflammation and may help lower risk such as heart disease, cancer, and auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.1
Herbalists are most interested in the bark, leaves and nut husks of black walnut. Black walnut hulls contain juglone, a chemical that is antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and a fungicide. As a skin wash, black walnut is used to treat ringworm and yeast infections of the skin.
Black walnut hull extract is unquestionably one of the best and safest worming agents offered by the plant world. But it can be toxic if not used with proper care, caution, and training. It is an herb best reserved for use by experienced practitioners. 2
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Extracts of green, unripe hulls. Walnut leaf is used in skin washes.
Black Walnut Side Effects:
Not for long term or chronic use, the juglone in black walnut has carcinogenic effects. Can be toxic if not used with proper care and respect. Remember anything that can kill a tapeworm has the potential of being harmful to the host.
A large tree that may grow to 120 feet, 6 - 12 inch lance shaped leaves. The immature fruits are round, green orbs with fleshy green outer husks that dry into very hard dark-brown nuts. Beautiful shade tree, I had one in my childhood front yard.
Members of the walnut family have large aromatic leaves, that are usually alternate, but opposite in Alfaroa, Oreomunnia. The leaves are pinnately compound, or ternate, and usually 20-100 cm long. Close relatives include the pecan pecan (Carya illinoinensis
), and hickory (Carya
). The Persian walnut, Juglans regia, is one of the major nut crops of the world. Walnut and hickory are also valuable timber trees. 3
Regional Traditions :North America *
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This is also a plant of the Sun. Let the fruit of it be gathered accordingly, which you shall find to be of most virtues while they are green, before they have shells. The bark of the Tree doth bind and dry very much, and the leaves are much of the same temperature: but the leaves when they are older, are heating and drying in the second degree, and harder of digestion than when they are fresh..
Nicholas Culpeper, 1653