Herbs Guide


Family Name: N.O. Juglandaceae

Botanical Name(s): Juglans cinerea (L)

Popular Name(s): White Walnut, Lemon Walnut, Oilnut

Parts Used: Barks of the root

Habitat: Butternut is found in eastern North America and in the mountains of Georgia.

Description: Butternut has grey, relatively smooth bark and the plant reaches up to 25m in height. The leaves are large, pinnate and are divided into 11-19 pointed, toothed leaflets. The inner bark of the root is the best medicinal part of the plant.

Uses: Butternut is often used as a laxative and in dysentery and congestions. It is used as a vermifuge and cures syphilis and old ulcers. The oil of the fruit removes tapeworm. The fruits are used as pickles and in diet. The bark of the plant is used for dyeing wool. It is said to be rubefacient when applied to the skin.