Butternut Juglans cinerea

Juglans cinerea
White walnuts
  • Common Names
  • Butternut , White walnut, Lemon walnut
  • Botanical Name
  • Juglans cinerea
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Butternut

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How to Use: Butternut

Butternut is a close relative of the black walnut and the two are often combined in herbal preparations. Herbalists use the inner bark as a gentle laxative. Butternut does not cause the cramping that stronger laxatives such as Cascara sagrada 1

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Butternut bark may be taken as a tea, or powdered to put in capsules. Chopped bark can be tinctured.

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Butternut Remedies

Butternut Side Effects: Do not use if you have gallstones

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Plant Description

  • Flowers:Inconspicous, catkin, yellow-green flowers appear with the new leaves
  • Plant Class:Diciduous Tree
  • Leaves: Opposite and compound, pinnate, yellow green with 11-17 leafs per stem
  • Fruit: Similar to black walnuts, but more eliptical, like small, green-tinged lemons.
  • Bark: Light grey, divided into broad ridges. The inner bark is the part used in herbal medicine.
  • Preferred Habitat:In rich woods,along streams in well-drained soil.
  • Flowering Season:Sping
  • Distribution:Native to the Eastern US, from Canada south to the mountains of Georgia
A close relative of the black walnut

Regional Traditions :North America *

Related Species Juglans nigra Black Walnut

books citedWorks Cited
  1. Gaea and Shandor Weiss, Growing and Using the Healing Herbs(1985)