Before I get started with the information on how to make your own black walnut tincture, a word of caution is in order. If you have a nut allergy, do not attempt to make or use this tincture. Even though the actual nut is not used, the hull of the walnut is. No need to take a risk on this one.
However, if you do not and you’re looking for an easy recipe for a homemade black walnut tincture, the information in this article is just what you need. Whether you want this tincture to help get rid of intestinal parasites, or any other of the numerous other benefits we will discuss, it’s an easy recipe to prepare ahead of time. It also has a long shelf life, when stored properly.
We will get into all of this later in the article. But, let’s first go over what you will need.
Most of these supplies are easy to find, if you don’t already have them on hand. Here is what you will need:
- Black walnuts, whole and still in the hull
- 80 proof vodka
- Olive Oil
- Lemon juice
- Quart canning jar with lid
In addition to the above you will want at least one small dark-colored glass bottle with a dropper, as well as a sharp knife.
When choosing the black walnuts, it’s best to have the freshest you can find. In fact, if you can get them before they fall off the tree, when they’re still very green, that’s the best option. However, I am making this batch in the fall in a northern and colder region, and most of them have already fallen to the ground by now.
So, rather than waiting until spring, I am making this batch with a more mature selection of black walnut hulls. The final tincture may not be quite as potent, but it’s still effective – and at least you will see the process, so you can be ready when you choose to make it yourself.
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The Recipe and Process
Once you have gathered all your supplies, make sure to wear your gloves. If you opt to not wear them, be prepared for your hands to be stained for weeks. Also, be careful with anything else these hulls and shells come in contact with before, during, and after the process.
I remember as a kid my grandmother used to make a wonderful black walnut cake. She would run over the walnuts with her car to open them. Yes, they are a hard nut to crack. However, for this recipe, it calls for the hulls, not the actual meat or nut found in the inner shell. The green hull can be opened with just a knife. That leaves the actual nuts to be used for other purposes.
Anyway, making black walnut tincture is very simple:
#1. Fill a quart canning jar about ⅔ full with vodka.#2. Cut the walnut hulls, approximately 6-7 of them, and place in the jar.#3. Pour about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in to help preserve the tincture.#4. Pour about ¼ cup of olive oil in to help create a barrier from oxidation over time.
#5. Make sure the top of the hulls are covered with the vodka, lemon juice, and olive oil mix.#6. Cap the filled jar, without stirring the mix, then place in the refrigerator.The tincture is ready to use anywhere from as quickly as a couple of hours, to as long as 4-6 weeks of sitting. Obviously the longer it steeps, the more potent it will be for you.
The other factor in its effectiveness and strength is the freshness of the back walnut. The sooner you get if off the ground, or picked from a tree (better yet), the more potent the tincture.
#7. Once the tincture is ready to use, strain the mix to remove the hulls and excess debris.Pour the liquid into small dark-colored bottles that have droppers. The shelf life depends on the freshness of the hulls used. It could last for years, but will be more effective in the earlier stages.
Uses for the Black Walnut Tincture
Historically, black walnut tincture has been used for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-helminthic (killing parasites) traits. In addition to fending off and preventing various infections and intestinal parasites, other uses include:
- Reducing excessive sweating
- Lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels
- Aiding in digestion
- Slowing down heavy menstrual bleeding
- Relieving heartburn, colic, diarrhea, and flatulence
- Balances blood sugar levels
- Battles heart disease
- Helps with skin conditions such as acne, boils, and warts
So as you can see, black walnut tincture goes well beyond helping with intestinal parasites. But, how do you use it? Good question!
How to Use the Black Walnut Tincture
Now that you know how to make it, and what to use it for, you might be wondering how to use this strange-looking mixture.
When using it as an intestinal parasite cleanse, the dropper discussed earlier comes in handy. Drop 20 small drops of the tincture into a glass of water and drink three times a day until you are feeling better. To give you an idea how long this should last, a 2 oz bottle, should hold about 60 of these servings.
As a topical aid for skin conditions, use a cotton swab dipped in the tincture and dab on the area in question. Just a word of caution though, this will stain your skin for a while, as well as anything else it touches.
And another way to use it would be for athlete’s foot. Simply add a dropper full of the tincture into a gallon of warm water in a small tub, and use as a foot soak. This could also stain, but it’s far more diluted than the dose listed above for other skin conditions.
No matter what ailment you are seeking help for, hopefully this black walnut tincture will aid in finding relief for you soon!
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