Herb of the Day: Black Walnut

Black Walnut
( Juglans nigra )

Parts used: Bark, leaves,fruit rind

Contains: tannins,iodine

Native Americans used the bark of the black walnut . It is a tree that grows in the eastern United States, to treat skin problems such as ringworm. They drank a tea made from the bark to relieve headache pain. Today the bark, leaves,fruit rind, and liquid extracts of black walnut are prescribed by herbalists for constipation, fungal and parasitic infections, and mouth sores. Black walnut is rich in tannins and contains a large amount of iodine, which makes it a good antiseptic. Also the herb is believed to relieve toxic blood conditions. You can buy over the counter as a tincture extract, dried bark, leaves, and fruit rind.
To make at home a decoction simmer thr bark in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Take 1 Tbs. 3 or 4 times a day. To use as a gargle, use the decoction as a mouthwash or gargle to treat mouth sores. Use the extract to rub on effected area 2 times a day. As a poultice, use the green rind of black walnut to apply on ringworm.
Some precautions are mild laxative effect. Use of this herb by children for more than 7 to 10 days, should be done in conjunction with a healthcare practitioner.
Possible interactions are combining with other herbs may necessitate a lower dosage.
Aids with: internally, constipation,intestinal worms and parasites, warts, mouth sores.
Externally: ringworm,scabies, eczema,herpes, cold sores, psoriasis, sores, pimples, athlete’s foot, jock itch.


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