HERBS: Black Walnut Hull Juglans nigra:
How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.
Medicinal Properties: Used for digestive disorders and as a natural antibiotic for intestinal parasites and viruses. Makes a good alternative to Colloidal Silver because it is much safer and does not have the “blue skin” side effects. Safe enough to use on animals by putting a drop or two in their drinking water. Effective against giardia and dysentery.
How to Use: Make a decoction of the ground bark by simmering 1 Tbsp in 2 C. water for 20-30 minutes. Let cool. Use 1 Tbsp at a time every 4-6 hours for adults, or for animals, add just a couple drops to their drinking water. Herbal extract/tinctures are effective.
Parts Used: Inner bark, hulls.
Warnings: Can be laxative – try it out in small doses first.
Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a “one dose wonder.” They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.