How to Use Walnut

The handsome walnut tree with its large spreading boughs is probably a native of Iran and grows throughout Asia and Europe. Walnut trees can live for up to 1(100 years. Many of the large walnut trees seen in Europe were planted by monks for their nutritious nuts and the medicinal value of their leaves and green outer nutshells. There are about 50 species of walnut, some, such as the black walnut and vari­ous kinds of hickory, native to North America.

Herbal remedy

The leaves, best picked before mid-July, have a bene­ficial effect on mucous membranes throughout the body. In the digestive system they are astringent, combating irritation and inflammation of the gut lin­ing and relieving indigestion, gastro-enteritis, nausea and diarrhoea. In the respiratory system they clear catarrh and catarrhal coughs; they also have a diuretic and depurative action, aiding the elimination of toxins from the body via the urinary system. They help clear skin problems such as acne, and to clear congestion in the lymphatic system and swollen glands. They are reputed to lower blood sugar.

Externally, an infusion or decoction of walnut leaves can be used as a lotion for skin problems such as cold sores and shingles blisters, for chilblains, and for excessive perspiration of the hands and feet. They are a good remedy for piles, varicose veins and ulcers, for styes and sore throats.

The hark of the walnut tree has a blood-cleansing and laxative effect, while a vinegar of pickled young nuts makes an effective gargle for sore throats. Walnut oil is a good source of linolenic acid, which aids the immune system, heart and circulation, help­ing to protect them from degenerative disease and problems associated with harmful cholesterol.

Homeopathic remedy: Juglans Regia

Juglans regia is a good remedy for acne, cradle cap, boils, itching and inflammation of the scalp, and ulcers. In the digestive tract it relieves wind, bloating and diarrhoea and can relieve catarrh in the throat, chest and ears, in those who are mentally either over­excited as it intoxicated or peevish and discontented.

The flower essence

Walnut is the remedy for times of change in life, when one has to make a big step forward, starting a new life and breaking away from restrictions or past habits, releasing oneself from conventions. Old beliefs, family ties, the force of habit can be hard to shake off and can inhibit transformation and devel­opment. Walnut is the link breaker, the remedy to protect us from powerful outside influences such as the opinion of significant others that restrict our freedom and limit our potential for self fulfillment. It is excellent for those going through periods of bio­logical change such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause and finding them hard to accept. It is just as good for starting a new relationship, a new job, when moving house, retiring, or after divorce or bereavement and vet still linked emotionally to the past. Walnut is the remedy to enhance our inner strength and stability, the springboard to real change and freedom from misgivings from the past.

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About the Author: Leona Kesler is a head-chef at a very popular food restaurant in New York. Also she is a blogger who shares her experiences, tips, and other informative details about food and cooking. Her recipes are featured on many magazines.

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