BLACK WALNUT, Juglans nigra

Black Walnut

In the 1930s, a lady tried and tried to lose weight but couldn’t. She saw an ad in a magazine that said “If you take one of our magic capsules you will lose weight,” she sent for the capsule and took it and, sure enough, she lost a lot of weight.

Her sister saw the results, so she sent for a capsule, too. When the postal worker delivered her package, she was doing the dishes. She opened the package and took out the capsule and was about to take it when the phone rang. She took one of the dump dishes and put it in the window sill and put the capsule in it and talked on the phone for a while. The sun shone warm on the wet capsule and melted part of it. When she came back to her dish in the window, she saw a little worm in the partly dissolved capsule.

She called her sister and together they took the dish and the worm to her doctor. He said it was the tape worm, very harmful and very hard to get rid of. The sister tried many different worming medicines but they only made her sick. She continued to lose weight and she didn’t feel well and sometimes she would feel nauseated.

One day her old aunt suggested that she fast for a few days, eat a lot of garlic and drink a lot of black walnut tea. Within a few days she was rid of her tape worm.

Black walnut trees are grown in most parts of the country for their shade and for their fruit. They grow 80 to 100 feet tall. The leaves, or leaflets as they are called, grow in opposite pairs along the stem with a single leaf at the tip. The shape of the leaf is oblong and pointed on each end or ovate pinnate. The nut has an outer covering, or rind, that envelops the nut while it is growing. This husk, or rind, it is green until the nut is mature and ripe, then it turns black and gets wrinkled and falls off the tree.

The fruit, the husk, or rind, the leaf and the bark are all used for medicinal purposes for the good of mankind. The leaf is a tonic to the stomach and will promote a good appetite. It is also good for inflammation of the intestinal tract, especially when there is a lot of mucus or catarrh present.

Black walnut has helped in herpes, impetigo, boils, canker sores and cold sores, for dandruff and eczema, for hemorrhoids, poison ivy and poison oak and ringworm. The walnut leaves are quite astringent. A strong tea will help those who are suffering from diarrhea: however, if you take too much of the strong tea, it will sometimes have a mild laxative effect on some people. This same strong tea made from the leaf is also good for a gargle for a sore throat, sinus congestion (as a nose spray), falling hair or itchy scalp or dandruff. The powdered leaf can also be used to dust runny sores and ulcered conditions. Dr. Shook says it even works well for bleeding surface cancer.

The walnut husk is known for its antifungal properties. It works well against almost all types of fungus, whether it be jungle rot or athlete’s foot or fungal infection of the skin or hair, or even fungus in the lawn. The green husk contains potassium iodine, which is good for a thyroid condition or goiter. It is also a good antiseptic and germicide; it is also a vermicide and parasiticide or an agent that fights worms and parasites. It and other herbs are used in Grandma’s herbal Parasites and Worms formula. The inner bark contains potassium chloride that is a fibrin solvent, preventing cholesterol and hardening of the arteries. It also contains calcium chloride, which is one of the necessary calcium compaounds for the heart. It has potassium sulfate which help the skin, magnesium phosphate that feeds the muscles and the nerves, and silica that feeds the hair, nails, skin, nerve sheath and the sheath around the bones. The walnut tree is beautiful and useful. Learn to use it.

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