Scientific Name:Juglans nigra
About this Herb:It is native to eastern North America. The black walnut is a large deciduous tree that can grow as tall as 130 feet. The bark is grey-black and deeply furrowed and its leaves are alternate. The male flowers are in drooping catkins 8–10 cm long, the female flowers are terminal, in clusters of two to five, ripening during the autumn into a fruit (nut) with a brownish-green, semi-fleshy husk and a brown, corrugated nut. The whole fruit, including the husk, falls in October; the seed is relatively small and very hard. The tree tends to crop more heavily in alternate years. Tapped in spring, the tree yields a sweet sap that can be drunk or concentrated into syrup or sugar.
Common Names:Eastern Black Walnut
Uses:Infusion used as a wash for sores. Infusion of inner bark taken for smallpox and infusion of leaves used for goiter. Bark chewed for toothache. Pulverized leaves rubbed on affected part for ringworm. Juice from green hulls of fruits rubbed over areas infected by ringworm. Sap used in applications for inflammations. Three bundles of bark boiled to make a strong tea and used for two days to remove intestinal bile. Strong decoction of bark taken as a cathartic. Leaves scattered about house to dispel fleas. Decoction of mashed leaves taken for relief from blood pressure. Poultice of bark applied for headache. Compound decoction with brandy taken as a blood purifier. Nuts mixed with hominy corn, water and pinto beans makes a tasty and healthy dish.
Applications:Decoction: mix 10 to 20 drops in water or juice daily
Tea: steep 1 oz. of either the bark or leaves in 1 cup water and take 2 or 3 times daily.
Extracts: Rub on skin 2 times daily