Information on Butternut

Latin NameJuglans cineraria
Other NamesWhite walnut
Part UsedBark, leaves
Herb FormsTinctures, capsules, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsDigestive system
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy. Not for long-term use (longer than two weeks).
Botanical InfoA thirty to fifty foot tree with a trunk about four feet in diameter. The compound leaves are aromatic, and the nuts are covered with a yellowish-green hull. The nuts are edible.
DescriptionButternut is a gentle laxative herb which shows some antiparasitic activity. In large doses it is emetic and purgative. Butternut is valuable for dyspepsia, flatulence, and burping resulting from overeating or improper food combinations.

Butternut has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COLD.


Powder2 "OO" caps 3 x daily
Tincture10-30 drops 3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Butternut

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Constipationlaxativetincture, capsule, tea


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