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English Walnut (Juglans regia)

English Walnut (Juglans regia)

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About

English walnut is a tree. The fruit (nut) is a popular food. The nut, the nut's shell (hull), and the leaf are used to make medicine.

The nut is used as a part of the diet for lowering cholesterol. The hull of English walnut is used as a “blood purifying agent” and to treat digestive tract swelling (inflammation) and “blood poisoning.”

The leaf is used for treating diarrhea, digestive tract inflammation, and intestinal worms. It is also used as a “blood-purifying” agent.

Some people apply English walnut hull directly to the skin for skin diseases, skin infections, and eyelid swelling. It is also used in hair dye and in sunless tanning products.

The leaf is applied to the skin for surface swelling of the skin; excessive sweating of the hands and/or feet; and for skin conditions such as acne, eczema, ulcers, and infections.

In combination with other herbs, English walnut hull is used to treat diabetes, stomach inflammation (gastritis), and “tired blood” (anemia).

In foods, English walnut is commonly eaten as a snack, in baking, and in salads.

How does it work?

The nut of the English walnut contains chemicals called fatty acids, which might be useful as part of a cholesterol-lowering diet. It also contains chemicals that can expand blood vessels, possibly improving circulation and the way the heart works.

Traditionally used for

Coronary heart disease (CHD).
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia).
Diarrhea.
Diabetes.
Anemia.
Acne.
Eczema.
Ulcers.
Swelling (inflammation) of the skin.
Excessive sweating (perspiration) of the hands and feet.

Dosage

By Mouth:

For lowering cholesterol: 8-11 English walnut nuts or 30-56 grams (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup) has been substituted for other dietary fats.

Possible Side Effects

English walnut nut is SAFE for most people in usual food amounts. There isn't enough information to know if larger amounts are safe to use.

The nut can cause softening of the stools and bloating, as well as weight gain unless other fats are removed from the diet. English walnut may cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to it.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: English walnut is safe in food amounts, but there's not enough information to know if it's safe in the larger amounts that are used as medicine. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.

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