High concentrations (up to 10%) of astringent compounds called tannins account for most of the healing qualities in walnut leaf preparations. Tannins tighten and constrict tissues, making them valuable for protecting areas of skin and controlling inflammation and itching. Dermatological applications associated with walnut include viral warts, eczema, acne, psoriasis, xerosis, tinea pedis and poison ivy as well as excessive sweating of the hands and feet. In France in particular, the leaf is often applied to sunburns and scalp that is peeling and itching from dandruff. The herb is useful for a host of other mild skin disorders as well.
According to researchers, walnut leaves have anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and insect-repelling properties. Drinking the tea or tincture of walnut leaf is amazing for cleaning out your digestive system of all parasites and returning to the balanced functioning of your gut. It helps with the inflammation of the digestive system. An intriguing survey of older farmers and shepherds in central Italy, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 1999, found that walnut leaf was one of the local plants most frequently used for repelling insects and treating parasitic infections on the skin.
It is also a helpful aid for a lot of problems, including the common cold and flu, it promotes oral health (helps with bleeding gums), general weakness, helpful for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and many more..
According to ancient mythology, when the gods walked the earth they ate Walnuts, hence the Latin name “juglans” is a derivative of the words “jovis glans” which means “Jupiter’s Nut”.
Native American Indians enjoyed the pleasures and health benefits of the Black Walnut well before European explorers arrived. The upper Great Lakes region provides archaeological evidence of walnut consumption dating back to 2000 BC. Along with eating the walnut itself, the Indians used the sap of the walnut tree in their food preparation. Wherever the walnut grows, there is limestone in the soil - a good sign of fertile soil.
The walnut tree Juglans regia is also known as the English, Persian, or Carpathian walnut tree; it is just one species in the vast walnut family called Juglandaceae. About one-fifth of all Juglandaceae species are Juglans, including black walnuts (J. nigra), butternuts (J. cineria), and heartnuts (J. ailantifolia); all these are believed to have tannins and other healing compounds in their leaves.
Walnut tree is one of the most outstanding gifts provided by Mother Nature. The leaves is successfully used all over the world in order to improve the overall health and heal different problems. Contains A, C, K, and B Vitamins, silica, selenium, bioflavinoids which is a great antioxidant, plus chlorine, iron, manganese, sulfur, iodine, tannins, nucinerol, oxalic acid, zinc, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, essential oils, and mucilagenous compounds.
Preparation: There are two ways to enjoy walnut leaf tea, orally and topically. You can use the leaves to make a very strong tea (decoction). Once cooled, the tea is used in compresses, rinses, and other formulations that can be applied to the skin. It can also be added to bath water.
To make a decoction (boiled tea), use 1.5 ounces of dried, cut-up leaf per 1 cup (8 ounces) of water; bring the mixture to a boil in a small pot and simmer gently for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool before using it in compresses and other topical formulations, or in soaks.
To make a cup of tea: Place 1 to 2 teaspoons of Walnut Leaf in 1 cup of boiling water and let the mix steep for up to 10 minutes. Strain off and enjoy!
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