I caught a cold recently, and it morphed into a sinus infection, as it occasionally does. I think it’s one of my Achilles heels. Anyway, while going through my supplement stash, I came across a bottle of Black Walnut tincture. I remember buying it a couple of years ago on the recommendation of my dentist-she said it acts like an antibiotic, but doesn’t mess with the flora in your gut. I don’t like taking antibiotics for that reason, and since I haven’t had any symptoms of ulcerative colitis for more than two years, did want to chance it. I added Black Walnut to my supplement regimen, and have to report that my sinuses are markedly better. Whether totally due to Black Walnut, I don’t know, but I did do some research on this herb.

It turns out that Black Walnut (BW) is a germicide, antiseptic, laxative, and a parasitic. It is indeed helpful in ridding the body of parasites, tapeworms, canker sores, acne, and other fungal conditions (psoriasis, ringworm, jock itch, excema, varicose ulcers, etc). BW can also be taken to help with gout, rheumatism, and other glandular disturbances. BW oxygenates the blood, ridding the body of parasites, and also helps to normalize blood sugar levels.

The BW hull contains several healthful compounds; alpha linoleic acid (ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid), tannins, sterols, and iodine. These compounds protect the cardiovascular system and are anticarcinogenic. I think I’ll keep taking it for a while (I put it in pomegranate juice).

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.