Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Herbal Classifications of Black Walnut: Anthelmintic, Anti-fungal, Anti-parasitic, Antiseptic, Astringent, Bitter, Insecticide, Laxative, Parasiticide and Vermifuge.
Parts Used: Bark, Leaves & Nut.
Herbalists have traditionally used the husks of Black Walnut as a nutritional aid for the intestinal system. The American Indians have used it as a laxative; in Europe it was used as a laxative and for skin ailments, especially herpes & eczema.
Black Walnut not only cleanses and tones the colon but according to Dr Shook ( Herbalist) it prevents the uptake of toxins from constipated bowels, a process that old physicians called auto intoxication or toxaemia and which today is referred to as leaky bowel syndrome or dysbiosis . It also treats the opposite condition: malabsorption from a closed gut.
No insect will touch the leaves or hull of the Black Walnut.
Black Walnut oxygenates the blood which helps kill parasites, it aids in expelling tapeworms, pinworms and ringworms and has been shown to be a specific for treatment of Candida Albicans. Kathi Keville, a California herbalist, says that the husk of Black Walnut destroys Candida better than commonly prescribed anti-fungal drugs. In the clinic we use Black Walnut as part of our Candida Tincture.
Therefore its primary use is: a specific for effective treatment of intestinal worms; as an anti-fungal in cases of candida yeast overgrowth, ringworm, scabies & thrush; as a blood cleanser with effectiveness for eczema & all toxic blood conditions, acne & psoriasis; as part of a laxative/purgative for chronic & stubborn constipation or diarrhoea.
Dr John Christopher (Master Herbalist) says of the inner bark of Black Walnut besides been cathartic (moves the bowels) , it is fibrin solvent (potassium sulphate), muscle and nerve food (magnesium sulphate rich) and foods for the hair, nails, skin, nerve sheath and periosteum (silica).
Black Walnut is rich in organic Iodine and tannins which give it antiseptic qualities.
And it is it’s iodine content that Phyllis Light (Herbalist) focuses on for its use as a thyroid medication. She says that the Black hulls (not the green) are a traditional remedy for goiter. She has used it much for hypothyroidism (combined with Chickweed). It’s iodine content helps keep the blood clean and this is important since the hypothalamus can be confused by “dirty blood” and it can’t read the hormonal feedback signals correctly or send out good hormonal advice.
Daniel Gagnon (Herbalist) uses Black walnut hull as a remedy for sinusitis. Recent research indicates that most chronic sinusitis infections are associated with fungal infections in the upper respiratory tract and that Black Walnut as a known anti-fungal and anti-microbial is thus indicated. Add Black walnut tincture to warm water and salt, using a neti-pot let it run through the sinus passages.
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