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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

WALNUT


Latin Name: Juglans regia

Alternate Names: English Walnut, Persian Walnut, Black Walnut

Family: JUGLANDACEAE

Parts Used: Leaves, outer rind of nut, nut, dried inner bark.

Properties: Alterative, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Astringent, Detergent, Hypoglycemic, Laxative, Purgative, Sudorific, Yang Tonic.

Internal Uses: Cancer, Candida, Constipation, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Eczema, High Cholesterol, Impetigo, Kidney Stones, Liver Stagnation, Parasites, Worms

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
Different parts of the plant have different properties, as follows. The bark is an alterative, antifungal, astringent, detergent, laxative, and purgative. The leaves are an alterative and anti-inflammatory. The nut is an anti-inflammatory and yang tonic. The rind is an antifungal and sudorific. All parts are an antiseptic and mildly hypoglycemic. Only the leaves are used for eczema, and only the nut is used for high cholesterol.
The plant helps rid one of protazoa parasites and tapeworm. The ellagic acid stimulates the central nervous system and has been used to help people recover from electric shock.

Topical Uses: Athlete's Foot, Bed Bugs, Eczema, Fungal Infection, Headache, Heat Stroke, Herpes, Impetigo, Insect Repellent, Jock Itch, Leprosy, Ringworm, Tonsillitis, Wounds

Topical Applications: Crushed leaves can be rubbed on the body to repel insects. Wash, compress or poultice for wounds, eczema, impetigo and herpes, also to prevent bed bugs and even in some parts of the world to treat leprosy. Salve made from green hulls is excellent for fungal problems like ringworm, jock itch and athlete's foot. Gargle for tonsillitis. Walnut leaves and shells were once used to color hair dark. The leaves have been worn as a crown to prevent headaches or heatstroke. Walnut oil is used in soap production and to make non-drying paint. The wood has long been used for furniture.

Culinary uses: Ripening nuts can be pickled. Walnuts may be eaten raw or toasted. They can be added to salads, stir fries and baked goods. Walnut oil is used in cooking and for salads. A delicious syrup, similar to maple syrup, can be made from the sap.

Energetics: Bitter, Warm, Dry, Cool.

Chemical Constituents: Leaves contain naphthaquinones (juglon), tannins, ellagic acid, gallic acid, flavonoids, inositol, essential oils. Nuts are rich in essential fatty acids (linoeic and linolenic), vitamin C, manganese.

Comments: Only the green hull is cooling.
The genus name Juglans or jovis glans means 'Jupiter's nut.' Mythology tells that gods residing on earth lived off Walnuts. The name Walnut is from the Teutonic welsche nuss, meaning 'foreign nut'. Because Walnuts are similar to the shape of the head, they have been thought to benefit the brain. In Asian medicine, Walnuts are regarded as a kidney tonic, which makes sense as they consider the brain to be governed by the kidneys. Walnuts have been carried as a charm for fertility. Walnut as a flower essence is for transitions such as job changes, moving or menopause.
The common name Walnut includes the species Juglans regia (Black Walnut) which is used interchangeably with Juglans nigra (English Walnut, Persian Walnut).

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