Just before the cold sets in, God leaves us a final parting gift before winter hibernation…
The black walnut tree is ready for harvest.
Many find the black walnut tree a great nuisance — it stains, it drops walnuts incessantly for a few weeks, and for the clumsy among us — like my girls and me 😉 — the round hulls are perfect for rolling one's ankle.
We had been purchasing an herbal mixture for our goats. When we realized the main ingredient was black walnut hull, it was a no-brainer! Time to put these dangerous little ankle-rollers to good use.
Black walnuts have amazing properties!
Uses and Benefits of Black Walnut Tincture
- Rids the body of intestinal parasites
- Treats possible candida overgrowth
- Topically treats various skin conditions such as warts, fungus, and cold sores
- May help relieve excess sweating
- Can help aid digestion and elimination
- Can be used as a natural hair dye
- Has certain anti-cancer properties
My littles and I collected as many green walnuts as we could one day, while the older kids had their piano lessons. The greener the better, since by the time they start to turn brown, little worms have begun to invade.
We took home a few half-full grocery bags and let them sit for a day.
Armed with latex gloves (they will stain), I sorted through the walnuts to find the best ones: still green with little black on them.
How to Make a Black Walnut Tincture
- black walnuts, still green
- non-GMO potato vodka
Rinse the black walnuts, if you harvested them yourself.
Fill a quart Mason jar half full with potato vodka. This will draw the medicinal properties from the black walnut.
Slice as much skin off the walnut as you can before getting to the pit. It's rather like cutting up an unripe mango — you keep going until the middle, fleshy part is too difficult to slice through.
Place each slice of walnut directly into the potato vodka or it will oxidize. Repeat the process until the Mason jar is as full as you'd like.
Make sure the hulls are completely submerged in vodka. Seal the jar and store in a dark place for about 6 weeks, checking it from time to time by shaking it.
The liquid should be dark green, not completely black.
After 6 weeks, strain liquid into a dark glass jar (preferably amber-colored), and keep in a dark place.
Here is more information about black walnut.
Have you ever used black walnut? Have you ever made your own black walnut tincture?
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