Botanical: Juglans cinerea
Family: Juglandaceae (butternut/walnut)
Other common names: White Walnut, Oilnut, Gray Walnut, Lemon Walnut, Oilbean Nut
Butternut Bark is a mild and easily digested laxative that helps cleanse the bowel, as well as cleanse and stimulate liver function. Both these qualities are an excellent way to remove toxins from the system and relieve many ailments associated with sluggish bowels and liver, including indigestion, constipation and skin problems. Considered an effective vermifuge, Butternut is used to expel intestinal worms, including tapeworm.
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Butternut is a deciduous, not particularly decorative, tree that is native to eastern North America (where the species is not threatened) and southeast Canada (where in some regions it is considered endangered) and growing south to northern Alabama, but absent from most of the southern United States. Several varieties are used for the same medicinal applications. The tree may reach a height of one hundred feet, a diameter of three feet and a breadth of fifty feet, with a grayish bark that is occasionally used for dyeing wool a dark brown (but is inferior to the black walnut bark for that purpose). The tree bears dark green, hairy leaves and fruits (nuts), which grow in bunches of two-six together, and thrives in moist, fertile soil. It is seldom found growing in pure stands and is usually found in association with cherry, basswood, oak, walnut, ash, maple, elm and hemlock stands and is subject to canker disease. Its botanical genus, Juglans, is derived from both the reference to the Roman god, Jupiter, and the Latin word, glans, meaning "nut" or "walnut," describing the "nut of Jupiter" or "food of the gods." The wood of the Butternut tree is used commercially in the manufacture of plywood, and the inner bark of the tree has a venerable history in American herbal medicine, having been used by both settlers and native tribes alike as a treatment for constipation and to expel worms. It was one of the most widely-used laxatives in the nineteenth century and was listed in the United States Pharmacopœia from 1820 through 1905. It is now used by herbalists as a colon cleanse or for the treatment of constipation associated with dyspepsia, liver dysfunction and skin eruptions. Some of the constituents in Butternut include fixed oils, essential oils, bitter principle, tannin and napthaquinone (juglone).
Butternut Bark is considered a reliable, mild laxative that has been used to relieve constipation and efficiently remove waste products from the gastrointestinal system.
As a cholagogue that stimulates bile flow from the gallbladder and bile ducts, Butternut Bark is believed to stimulate a sluggish liver. This action is thought to have further cleansing effects in the system that encourages the efficient removal of waste products. This is said to help cleanse the liver and lymphatic system and consequently alleviate acute or chronic skin conditions that are associated with liver or bowel torpor.
Butternut Bark is considered an effective vermifuge that has been used to expel worms from the intestines and remove tapeworm, mostly due to its laxative effects.
The bitter principle in Butternut (as well as the herb's ability to increase bile flow) both assist the gastrointestinal system and promote better digestion and ease dyspepsia.
Currently, there are no known warnings or contraindications with the use of Butternut Bark Herbal Supplement.