Scientific: Juglans nigra [WikiPedia]
Composition: The active
principle of the whole Walnut tree, as well as of the nuts, is Nucin or
Juglon. The kernels contain oil, mucilage, albumin, mineral matter,
cellulose and water.
Appearance: The black walnut
is a native tree of North America. Black walnuts are smaller, harder,
and more pungent than the English walnuts sold in grocery stores. The
hulls without the meaty kernels inside are used in traditional
herbalism. Black walnut trees exude a sap that discourages growth of
competing plants over their roots.
Parts Used: The powdered hull.
Common Uses: The fiber,
omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants in black walnuts provide various
health benefits. In addition, black walnut hulls have unique
antibacterial properties and are used in herbal medicine extracts and
supplements. Black walnuts are nutritionally similar to English walnuts,
which have been studied extensively for their health benefits. Due to
its antibacterial properties, black walnut extract is used in wormwood
complex supplements. Wormwood complex is a tincture made from black
walnut hulls, a plant called wormwood, and cloves. It’s a natural remedy
against parasitic infections. Although black walnuts have many health
benefits, there are some safety aspects to consider when eating them or
taking them as a supplement. Black walnuts contain various nutrients and
compounds that benefit heart health, including:
Topic Specific Research:
PLEASE NOTE that herbal and
other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe
and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any
other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.
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