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Health benefits of black walnut for parasites

Black walnut

Worms and parasites are a problem even in the United States. It has been said that even with our standards of sanitation nearly one third of the population is infected with parasites. Parasites like ringworm, pinworm and tapeworm have been a problem with humanity for thousands of years. The story below is not a typical infestation but does really prove the value of natural products like black walnut.
There was a story that came to us about a young woman who lived through the early nineteen hundreds. Her goal was to lose weight and everything that she had tried in the past had failed. In the 1930’s she saw an ad in a magazine that claimed “If you take one of our magic capsules you will lose weight,” Out of shear desperation she sent for the capsule. When she received it she hurriedly consumed it in hopes that the claim would be truthful. Over the period of the next two months all of the promises of the ad came true. She was finally losing weight without changing what she ate.
Her sister, who had a similar weight problem, saw the wonderful results and asked what she did to lose so much weight. She shared the secret of the magic capsule with her sister and her sister immediately sent for her “magic capsule”. When the postal worker delivered the package, she was doing the dishes. She opened the package and took out the capsule but was interrupted before she could consume it. She carefully placed the capsule in a dish that was drying on a dish towel and placed the dish in the window sill. The dish was a still a little wet and the window was on the sunny side of the house in the afternoon. 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 movement in the capsule. She discovered that the “magic capsule” contained a worm and that the worm was the secret behind her sister’s weight loss.
She contacted her sister to share the awful news. And together they took the dish and the worm partially contained in the capsule to their doctor. He said it was the tape worm. He also said that tape worms are very harmful and very hard to get rid of.
Over the course of the next weeks she tried many different worming medicines but they only made her sick. She continued to lose weight and her health was beginning to suffer, sometimes she would feel so nauseated she would hardly be able to get out of bed.
One day her old aunt who knew about some of the older remedies suggested that she fast for a few days, eat a lot of garlic and drink a lot of black walnut tea. The black walnut tea seemed to be strong enough to do the work that the medicines of the time couldn’t do. Within just a few days she was able to rid herself of her tape worm. She also noticed that she began to gain her health and strength back.
This story is not a story of how to lose weight it is really to emphasize some of the wonderful health alternatives that natural products offer us. Black walnut has been touted as a vermifuge (worm and parasite eliminator) for many decades. Products that contain raw materials like black walnut are viable products that really do work on illnesses caused by bothersome pests like ringworms, pinworms, tapeworms and many other of the parasites that penetrate into our lives.

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The black walnut tree, also known as the American walnut, is native to North America. Trees range in height from 70-150 feet and have a diameter of 2-4 feet. The compound leaves are between 1 and 2 feet long. This tree is prized for its beautiful wood and the tasty nuts which are avidly harvested in the autumn. The tree has large, pinnate leaves, (leaves with leaflets on each side of a common axis) 12 to 24 inches long with 15 to 23 inch leaflets. The leaf stems are covered with fine hairs. The nut is enclosed in a solid, non-splitting husk, and is borne on the tree singly or in pairs. The fruit or nut of a walnut tree is a large, rounded, brownish black nut with a hard, thick, finely ridged shell. The shell encloses a rich, oily kernel. The kernel looks similar to pictures of a human brain. The walnut kernel is edible highly nutritious. There are many main course meals, salads and desserts that incorporate the walnut to add to the flavor and texture of the particular dish.



Medicinal Uses and Health Benefits of the Black Walnut

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The parts of the black walnut that are used medicinally are the bark of the tree, the husk, the shell and the nut or the kernel. Black walnut is considered to be an antiseptic, a germicide, a parasitic, and a laxative. Black walnut hull does indeed help with a variety of health conditions from ridding the body of intestinal parasites and tapeworms to reducing constipation and healing skin conditions like acne, canker sores, psoriasis, and other fungal infections. The hull can be ground down into a fine powder and taken internally or mixed into a poultice and applied topically. Black walnut has been used as external applications for a variety of skin complaints including ringworm, jock itch , athlete's foot, psoriasis, blisters, eczema, scabbing caused by intense itching, varicose ulcers, and even syphilis sores.
The black walnut kernel or nut is thought to oxygenate the blood. It provides one of the only inland sources of iodine and also is laden with omega 3 fatty acids. Black walnut extracts can be taken internally for ailments such as gout, rheumatism, glandular disturbances, worms, and parasites. The most common medicinal use of black walnut is to kill parasites. Black Walnut oxygenates the blood to kill parasites. It is used to help balance sugar levels. It also is able to burn up excessive toxins and fatty materials. The decoction has also been used as an effective vermifuge. Vermifuge is just a fancy word to indicate that the properties in black walnuts eliminates worms or parasites that use humans as hosts. The fruit is useful for promoting strength and weight gain. The husk is chewed for colic and use as a poultice for inflammation. The decoction has also been used as an effective vermifuge.
The black walnut hull contains a number of active ingredients, including omega-3 fatty acids called alpha linolenic acid (ALA, a liquid polyunsaturated fatty acid that occurs in some plant oils; an essential fatty acid), sterols, tannins and iodine. A high intake of ALA is protective against heart attack. Sterols are naturally occurring plant compounds that are chemically similar to cholesterol. Sterols may play chemoprotective (properties or agents that protect healthy tissue from the toxic effects of anticancer drugs during the treatment of cancer) and cardioprotective (agents or properties that protect or even strengthen the heart) roles. Tannins are antibacterial, anticancer, antidiarrheal (agents or properties that stop or control diarrhea), antihepatotoxic (agents or properties that protect the liver), chelator (can combine to chemicals that normally do not mix), antihypertensive (agents that control blood pressure), antitumor, cancer preventive, anti-ulcer. Iodine is widely used as an antiseptic in medicine. It works by attaching itself to the infective bacteria and thereby killing them. Black walnut shells are very rich in vitamin C, and beta-carotene, B1, B2, and B6 are found in the leaves.
 

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