Health Improvement Recipes
Black Walnut Hull Tincture
This new recipe is four times as strong as the previous one, so it is called Black Walnut Hull Tincture Extra Strength.
Your largest enamel or ceramic (not stainless steel, not aluminum) cooking pot, preferably at least 10 quarts
Black walnuts, in the hull, each one still at least 50% green, enough to fill the pot to the top
Grain alcohol, about 50% strength, enough to cover the walnuts
% tsp. vitamin C
Plastic wrap or cellophane
Glass jars or bottles
The black walnut tree produces large green balls in fall. The walnut is inside, but we will use the whole ball, uncracked, since the active ingredient is in the green outer hull.
Rinse the walnuts carefully, put them in the pot, and cover with the alcohol. Sprinkle on half the vitamin С. Seal with plastic wrap and cover. Let sit for three days. Pour into glass jars or bottles, discarding walnuts, and divide the remaining vitamin С amongst the jars. If the glass jar has a metal lid, first put plastic wrap over the top before screwing on the lid. Potency is strong for several years if unopened, even if it darkens.
You have just made Extra Strength Black Walnut Hull Tincture. It is stronger than the concentrate made with just a few black walnuts in a quart jar (my earlier recipe), because there are more walnuts per unit liquid. In addition, you will not dilute it before use (although when you take it, it will usually be in water).
When preparing the walnuts, rinse only with cold tap water. You may need to use a brush on areas with dirt. If you are not going to use all of them in this batch, you may freeze them in a resealable plastic bag. Simply refrigerating them does not keep them from turning black and useless. The pot of soaking walnuts should not be refrigerated. Nor does the final tincture need any refrigeration.
Exposure to air does cause the tincture to darken and lose potency. To reduce air exposure, fill the pot as much as possible, without touching the plastic wrap, while still keeping a snug fitting lid. Even more importantly, the glass jars or bottles you use to store your tincture should have as little air space as possible, without touching the plastic wrap on top. A large jar should be divided into smaller ones when you are ready to use it. The idea is not to have partial jars, with a lot of air space, sitting for longer than a month or so.
There are several ways to make a 50% grain alcohol solution. Some states have Everclear,™ 95% alcohol. Mix this half and half with water. Other states have Everclear that is 76.5% alcohol. Mix this three parts Everclear to one part water. Yet another method is to buy vodka that is 100 proof. This is already 50% alcohol.
Remember, never use any kind of purchased water to make tincture.
Black Walnut Hull Tincture (Regular Strength)
This is the potency I used originally. It is included here in case you prefer it or wish to treat a pet. The Extra Strength recipe is four times as potent as the original recipe, so it must be diluted in quarters. (Similarly, if you have a lot of the Regular Strength left and want to use it in place of Extra Strength, simply take four times as much.)
Black Walnut Hull Tincture Extra Strength Grain Alcohol, about 10%
Mix one part extra strength tincture with three parts of the 10% alcohol. Store in glass containers same as described above.
There are several ways to make a 10% grain alcohol solution. Some states have Everclear,™ 95% alcohol. Mix this one part Everclear to nine parts water. Other states have Everclear that is 76.5% alcohol. Mix this one part Everclear to seven parts water. Yet another method is to buy vodka that is 100 proof (50% alcohol) and mix one part vodka with four parts water.
Black Walnut Hull Extract (Water Based)
Because you do not know how commercially available extracts were made, and may not be able to test for solvent pollution, it is wisest to make it yourself!
This recipe is intended for alcoholic persons: cover the green balls in the 10 quart (non-metal) pot with cold tap water. Heat to boiling, covered. Turn off heat. When cool, add vitamin С, cover with plastic wrap, and the lid. Let stand for 1 day. It will be darker than the tincture. Do not dilute. Pour into freezable containers. Refrigerate what you will use in two days and freeze the rest. Add vitamin С after thawing or during refrigeration (H tsp. per quart).
For use: in programs calling for Extra Strength Black Walnut Hull Tincture use four times as much of this water based recipe (8 tsp. instead of 2 tsp. Extra Strength).
Important Note: do not use bottled or purchased water to make this tincture or you could pollute it with benzene!
Add 1/8 cup quassia chips to 3 cups water. Simmer 20-30 minutes. Pour off 1/8 cup now and drink it fresh. Refrigerate remainder. Drink 1/8 cup 4 times/day, until a total of V4cup of chips is consumed. Flavor with spices.
Emmenagogue (Menstrual Period Inducer)
Here are four herbs that can each bring on your period. They can be started anytime but the most-effective time is before your next calculated period time (count days as if you never missed a period).
1 oz sassafras bark 1 oz rue (cut)
1 oz marjoram herb 1 oz blue cohosh root 41/2 cups boiling water
Add the herbs to the boiling water and turn down to simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Do not boil. Strain and refrigerate in sterile glass jar. Pour one cup for yourself in the morning. Let warm to room temperature, and sip between meals, making it last until supper.