Herb of the Day: Walnut Leaf


Walnut Leaf

( Juglans nigra, Juglans regia

Common manes are, black walnut, white walnut.

The Latin name of the tree is derived from reference to the god Jupiter, ( Juglans ) is derived from combining the name Jupiter with glans ( acorn ) meaning Jupiter’s nut’s. The English herbalist Nicholas Culpepper combined the walnut leaf with honey, onion, and salt to draw out the bites of snakes and spiders.

Walnut trees are native of the dry temperate zones of western Asia, India, China,and the southwestern United States. The tree most often used in herbal medicine, the species native to western Asia, also is cultivated for commercial walnut production in Europe and the United States. They gather the leaves in the spring and summer than dried for medicinal purposes. Walnut leaves have been used in herbal healing for thousands of years. Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder reported the cultivation of walnut trees in the first century, the trees having reached Rome from the Middle East.

The last century, walnut leaf has been known as one of the most mild and efficacious laxatives available. White walnut is used in homeopathy as a treatment for liver disorders and intestinal sickness. The black walnut is used to treat athlete’s foot and parasitic infections. The black walnut bark is help relieve constipation and is useful against fungal and parasitic infections. It is to expel, rather than kill, worms during the normal course of laxative induced cleansing of the body. It could also help to eliminate warts, which are growths caused by viruses. Black walnut used externally helps for eczema, herpes, psoriasis, and skin parasites. Black walnut is also used to balance blood sugar levels and to burn up toxins and fatty materials. It also has been shown to exhibit anticancer properties due to the acids and alkaloids it contains. Walnut leaf¬† washes ( shrink ) the sweat glands, and reducing perspiration. The herb’s tannins cause proteins in the cells lining the sweat glands to cross link effectively forming a barrier to the excretion of sweat.

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