Friday, August 19, 2016

Black Walnut Tincture

Last year I wanted to make walnut tincture, but I missed the window of time when the hulls on the walnuts are green.  This year I timed it just right.  All you need to make it are a few walnuts and the strongest proof vodka you can find. 

You need to chop up the hulls from the walnuts.  The husks are antiparasitic, antifungal and antibacterial.  They are designed to keep worms out of the walnuts.  The second you cut into them they are yellow, but they instantly start turning brown and they will stain your fingers, so don't be like me -- wear gloves!  My fingers were stained brown for days and nothing would remove it!


The tincture can supposedly be used like iodine to clean wounds.  The walnut hulls smelled just like iodine when I was chopping them up.  Black walnut tincture can also be used to deworm for various parasites.  Some people use it to deworm their animals.  Among other things, it may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and may treat heartburn and colic.  It is known to be good for fighting candida or yeast in the system.  Some even say it fights cancer, syphilis, and malaria. 

Black walnut tincture is strong and you should consult your doctor before using.  It is not recommended that you take it for longer than two weeks, and it is not recommended for use in pregnant women. 

I think it will be handy to have around.  I will let this cure for a month in a dark place before straining out the hulls and bottling it. 

21 comments:

Tom said...

Thanks, no thanks.

Mildred said...

You have the most interesting posts, Lisa. With 3 little boys, I know this will come in handy for cuts etc. You guys enjoy the weekend.

PioneerPreppy said...

I bey it taste horrible too....

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Walnut fruit even smells like a medicine. It should work good. When I was little we used turpentine for wounds, it doesn't burn like everyone thinks and coats the area that smells like pine.

Out on the prairie said...

some powerful medicine, I can almost smell it

Sharon Wagner said...

That's interesting. And a good thing to have around with boys I'm sure.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Have you ever tried it? So this is the big green ball outside the nut that you cut up, the very outside?? What do you do with the nuts themselves, anything? You find the most strangely wonderful things!!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I better stay away form that since I'm allergic to walnuts. I don't know about the hulls. I do remember getting stained by the hulls when I was little and played with them when they fell from the walnut tree.

Aodhnait said...

How interesting! I never heard of Walnut Tincture. I'm off to google to learn more:-)

Michelle said...

This is interesting to me and something I haven't researched. We have Black Walnut trees on our farm.

Phyllis Oller said...

The amish here in Pa put them in vodka,I made some myself but haven`t used it yet,to tell the truth,I forgot what it was used for! Thanks for reminding me,phyllis

Sally said...

You are constantly amazing, Lisa! Let us know how it works when cured.

xoxo

Lin said...

Oh, the things I learn here!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Wow,, very interesting!
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tweedles

troutbirder said...

Interesting. I have one black walnut tree. Last years crop, stored in a plastic bucket on the deck was stolen by some nefarious gray squirrels. This year I plan counter measures...:)

Abraham Lincoln said...

In my neck of the woods, most farmers sold off their walnut trees for several hundred dollars each so there are only a few of them left. But we used to gather them up and run over the green sheels to crack them open with my dad's Model A Ford.

Maggid said...

I never knew all this. My aunt & uncle had a grove english walnuts. Everyone in the family got to come in time for harvest - each of us had our own special job . . . still, i don't remember seeing any of this . . . Golly, you do some of the most amazing stuff.

Small Kucing said...

I didnt know what is walnut tincture until i read your blog post. Probably coz my side we only have dried walnut and it's very pricey too.

So many plants and fruits are said to be able to cure cancer, diabetes and etc. True what you have adviced...must use with care

Linda said...

I have bought it in tiny bottles and used it. Don't overdo it, of course.

alissa apel said...

I'd love to try this! My husband is a weirdo for me trying to make my own things like this. I talked about me making my own liquid soap. My husband freaked out like it was witch craft, or something. I love making things like this though.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

very cool

love
tweedles