Juglans cinerea

Butternut - Juglans cinerea (in the Juglandaceae or Walnut family)

Part used: Root bark, leaves, hulls.

Taste/smell: Faintly aromatic, astringent, bitter, harsh.

Tendencies: Cooling, drying.

Dosage: Decoction: 1/2-1 teaspoon of the root bark or hulls or 1 teaspoon of the leaves per cup of water; or 1:5 dry liquid extract: 1-10 drops 1-3 times per day in a little water.

Use: (a) Alterative, (b) Hepatic, (c) Vermifuge, (d) Laxative, (e) Cathartic.

Butternut stimulates and decongests the liver and intestines. It is indicated for chronic constipation, intestinal toxemia, portal congestion and hemorrhoids. As a vermifuge, it is used for pin or thread worms.

Contraindications: Topically it may cause contact dermatitis. Symptoms of an overdose are nausea and vomiting. It is contraindicated in pregnancy.

Copyright 1999 by Sharol Tilgner, N.D. (ISBN 1-881517-02-0) - all rights reserved.