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.