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English Walnut

  • Juglans regia L.
  • Juglandaceae
  • Walnut family



Common Names

herbsWalnut
herbsCaucasion walnut
herbsCircassian walnut
herbsPersian walnut


Parts Usually Used

Leaves, outer hulls and bark


Description of Plant(s) and Culture

The English walnut tree is widely cultivated for its wide-spreading branches. It grows to about 80 feet high and has gray bark and oblong-ovate, entire leaflets that are sticky when young but glabrous later. Blooming in May, the male flowers appear in axillary catkins, the female in terminal spikes. The fruit is the common walnut.


Where Found

Cultivated


Medicinal Properties

Astringent, tonic, nutritive, demulcent, laxative (bark), stomachic. Juglone is believed to have an antifungal property; the hulls and leaves are highly astringent and contain tannin as well as juglandin, a bitter principle.


Biochemical Information

Juglone, isojuglone, essential oil, inositol, phytin, phytosterols, oxidase, vitamins A, B, C, and E, and ellagic, laric, myristic, arachic, linoleic, linolenic, isolinolenic, and oleic acids


Uses

Leaf tea is a tonic to the stomach and promotes good appetite; used for catarrhal enteritis. The decoction used externally as a wash or bath additive for rheumatism, gout, glandular swelling, gum problems, scrofula, sweaty feet, acne, dandruff, skin problems, and excessive milk flow after the child has been weaned. A decoction of the green shell surrounding the walnut has been recommended for failing virility. Use the infusion as a rinse for hair loss.


Formulas or Dosages

Decoction: use 4 tsp. leaves or chopped green shells with 1 cup water. Take 1 cup a day, a mouthful at a time.

Bath Additive: boil 1 lb. dried leaves in 1 1/2 qt. water for 45 minutes, and add the liquid to the bath water. For a footbath, reduce the amounts proportionately.


Nutrient Content

Vitamins A, B, C, and E.

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