What is Black Walnut?
Black Walnut is a wonderful natural alternative for promoting healthy regularity
Black Walnut hulls are safe and gentle. Many people also use these hulls in topical mask formulas for vibrant, healthy-looking skin. Additionally, this herb is used extensively as a vermifuge to expel internal parasites.
Taken internally, Black Walnut helps relieves constipation,
and is also useful against fungal &
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.
It may also help eliminate warts, which are troublesome growths caused by viruses. Rubbed on the skin, Black Walnut extract is reputed to be beneficial for eczema, herpes, psoriasis, and skin parasites. External applications have been known to kill ringworm.
It is known that Black Walnut oxygenates the blood to kill parasites. The brown stain found in the green husk contains organic iodine which has antiseptic and healing properties. Black Walnut is also used to balance sugar levels and burn up excessive toxins and fatty materials. Black Walnut has the ability to fight against fungal infections, and acts with an antiseptic property which helps fight bacterial infection.
Uses: Few drops under tongue (sublingually), or full droppers in cup of hot water as tea. ( as much as you think you can tolerate )
Black walnut contains two main types of active chemicals.
One is juglone, which may have some antibiotic and antifungal effects. Black walnut has been used to relieve both constipation and diarrhea due to a normalizing effect that juglone may exert on intestinal tissue. It is thought to have some effectiveness, as well, for eliminating internal parasites such as tapeworms.
The second type of chemicals in black walnut are astringents known as tannins. Astringents shrink and tighten the top layers of skin or mucous membranes, thereby reducing secretions, relieving irritation, and improving tissue firmness. These effects may contribute to the antidiarrheal properties of oral black walnut preparations as well as giving them some usefulness for treating other gastrointestinal (GI) complaints such as indigestion. All of these uses are based on tradition and case reports; however, none have been verified through clinical studies in humans.
A gargle made from black walnut extract and water may be used to treat mouth sores and sore throat. A similar liquid preparation is sometimes used on the skin to disinfect injuries and treat conditions such as acne and ringworm. Results from animal studies show that black walnut may have anti-infective and anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a response to irritation, injury, or infection. It usually includes pain, redness, and swelling in the area of the damage and it can occur within body tissues as well as on the surface of the skin. The juice of black walnut hulls has also been used to treat warts.
In high doses, black walnut may stimulate strong bowel activity, which may complicate pregnancy or worsen chronic stomach or intestinal conditions. Therefore supplemental black walnut should not be used by pregnant women or individuals with gastrointestinal conditions. Amounts of black walnut that might be part of a normal diet are not thought to present a danger, however.
Very little information is available on how black walnut might affect an infant or a small child. Therefore, its use as a supplement is not recommended while breast-feeding or during early childhood.
What interactions should I watch for?
No interactions between black walnut supplements and drugs or other herbals have been reported. However, the tannin content of oral black walnut products may interfere with the way the body uses:
Prescription drugs such as theophylline, codeine, and oral ephedrine.
Some interactions between herbal products and medications can be more severe than others. The best way for you to avoid harmful interactions is to tell your doctor and/or pharmacist what medications you are currently taking, including any over-the-counter products, vitamins, and herbals. For specific information on how black walnut interacts with drugs, other herbals, and foods and the severity of those interactions.
Native people and early settlers made good use of nearly all parts of the tree--using the nuts for food, the nut hulls and bark to make dye, the leaves and inner bark for teas, the dried nut hulls for fuel, and the decorative wood for furniture and lumber. In the past, juice made from black walnut hulls has been used as a cosmetic to darken skin. Black walnut still provides a dark coloring agent for hair dyes and long-lasting wood used for rifle stocks.
In addition, black walnut has a long history of medical and food uses. Once a treatment for diphtheria and syphilis, black walnut is currently promoted mostly for its astringent properties. For use in medicine, the hulls of black walnuts and/or the inner bark of the black walnut tree are ground into powder and then made into capsules or liquid extract. Inner bark is the softer, spongy, lighter colored layer between the dark brown "outer bark and the wood of the tree.
Dosage and Administration:
. Generally, oral doses with tinctures like Secrets of Eden's Black Walnut Hull are taken three times a day, but oral use for longer than 6 weeks is not recommended, due to black walnut's tannin content.
For application to the skin, black walnut extract must be diluted for use as a skin wash or poultice. A poultice is a soft cloth that has been soaked in a liquid, possibly heated, and then applied to an irritated or injured area of skin. Black walnut may also be available in ointments or salves--usually in combination with other herbals, such as burdock, calendula, echinacea, tea tree oil, and yellow dock. The usual recommendation for topical use is twice a day.
When taken by mouth, black walnut may have some effectiveness for relieving gastrointestinal ailments. Chemicals in black walnut products may shrink skin and mucosal tissue, making them useful for mouth sores and skin conditions such as ringworm or minor wounds.
Black Walnut Hull Tincture
1 oz. $14.95