Butternut - Juglans Cinerea

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This Butternut (Juglans cinerea) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

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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. Not for long term use.

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.

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