The oldest walnut remains were discovered in Iraq, and they are believed to be from 50,000 B.C. Walnuts are the oldest tree food known to man. Early history indicates that English walnuts came from ancient Persia, where they were reserved for royalty. The Greeks and Romans were fond of the walnut, and they were considered food for Gods by the early Romans. Walnuts are known as juglans, in fact, the word juglans goes back to “jovis glans” or “nut of Jupiter.”.
Black Walnut, in particular, is known for its powerful benefits for the body, mind and spirit and has been used for its medicinal properties as far as time goes back.
Native Americans and early settlers used it for food, dyes, ink, medicine, fence posts, gun stocks, and furniture.
Walnuts are high in plant compounds called polyphenols, which are particularly high in the papery skin of walnuts.
The polyphenols in walnuts may reduce your risk of certain cancers, including breast, prostate and colorectal cancers.
Brain scans showed that the people who ate walnuts had increased activation in a region of the brain that helped them resist highly tempting foods, such as cake, sweets and french fries.
The shell of a walnut looks like a tiny brain, walnuts are high in melatonin. Melatonin is needed for the regulation of sleep and is secreted by the pituitary gland.
Walnuts are significantly higher in omega-3 fat than any other nut.
These Omega-3 fatty acids are known as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is an essential fat, meaning you have to get it from your diet.
The hull of the black walnut is used to heal inflamed or damaged intestinal tissue. It supports a healthy environment in the digestive system and feeds the healthy bacteria which increases the absorption of nutrients from food and ensures the right elimination of food waste. Black walnut helps those with constipation and diarrhoea.
Black walnuts have long been recognised as a potent anti-parasitic superfood.
It has been known to kill off pinworms, tapeworms, hookworms and other undesirable intestinal parasites.
Walnuts are packed with Vitamin E, vitamin E works wonders for the skin. It works for acne and fungal infections such as ringworm and athletes foot.
The compounds found in black walnut are said to be antiviral, meaning they can be very useful in destroying a virus.
Just as walnut cleanses and heals the body physically, it also has a very strong “expelling” quality spiritually. Walnut’s same medicinal qualities expel parasites from the body. Not only physical parasites but spiritual parasites can be expelled with the help of the walnut tree.
As well as taking walnut internally to assist you through an expelling process such as depression or sadness, plant walnuts around the house to protect and cleanse your sacred space from lower vibrational energies.
Walnut teaches you the importance of gratitude. Throughout history, people would beat the walnut tree to make them grow better. The problem with over-harvesting the walnut in this way brings an important lesson of gratitude. The walnut reminds us of the important lesson of honouring the earth, harvesting that which is offered. Treat the earth and your body with kindness, respect, and care. Everything you need comes in time so have patience and respect and trust the process leading up to the fruits of your labour. Be in gratitude when they arrive, knowing they are meant for you at that time and in that place.
Mix a small amount of black walnut powder with a carrier oil such as almond oil or coconut oil and apply it to your skin.
Sprinkle walnuts over salads.
Use walnut powder to create delicious dips and sauces.
Chop walnuts into treats and energy bars.
Add them to oats, chia puddings or yoghurt.
Add them to homemade roasted granola.
Roast, chop and used on vegetables.
Use walnut oil as a dressing.