How To Make a Black Walnut Tincture

Now that you know the health benefits of black walnuts. Follow these instructions to make your own black walnut tincture.

Special note: It is important to wear gloves whenever handling walnut hulls because gathering walnuts with your bare hands will leave a dark brown stain on your hands that will not wash off. Walnut stains typically wear off in one or two weeks.

How to make a Black Walnut Tincture

  1. Gather the nuts from a mature walnut tree in the fall while they are still green.
  2. Separate the green hulls from the shell and the nut it contains. The inner meat of the nut should be picked out and bagged. These nuts can be frozen for use throughout the year.
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, break the green hulls away from the nut, wash the hulls and place in a large mouth jar ( wide mouth canning jars or pickle jars work well).
  4. Chop the hulls and mash down into the jar.
  5. Fill the jar with enough vodka to cover the hulls. Screw on the lid and tighten it.
  6. Store the jar away from direct sunlight while allowing the hulls to remain in the liquid for about 6 weeks.
  7. Shake or stir this mixture a couple times a day.
  8. After 6 weeks, strain the liquid through cheese cloth or coffee filters.
  9. Using a funnel, transfer to amber or blue colored bottles.

Typical dosage for black walnut tincture is approximately 15 drops or 1 dropper full once or twice per day. Black walnut tincture can be applied to areas of the body affected by fungal and other skin conditions. The tincture should be carefully wrapped, however, because it can stain clothing.

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