You might be already aware of the amazing health benefits of walnuts. But did you know that you can also use the walnut leaves for health purposes? They have diuretic, antiseptic and hypoglycemic properties. They are used in herbal medicine as a cure for diabetes, digestive and kidney infections.
They are also recommended for weight loss due to their chlorogenic acid content, a substance found in green coffee, apples, pears, blueberries, strawberries, nectarines, peaches, tomatoes, dandelion root and artichoke leaves. The Chlorogenic acid slows down the body’s sugar absorption from food, prevents the formation of fatty tissue, increases body resistance to effort and reduces stress.
How to use walnut leaves
You can use the leaves to make compresses, infusion, tincture or tea. It is used to treat serious bacterial and fungal infections, skin inflammation, acne and illnesses of the digestive tract.
- Walnut leaves tea
Mix water (250 ml) with crushed dried walnut leaves (2 tablespoons). Let the solution boil for about 5 minutes. Strain the tea and drink 2-3 cups per day. Because some people might be sensitive to walnut leaves, if you notice symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain or vomiting, stop drinking this tea immediately.
- Walnut leaves infusion
Put one tablespoon of crushed dried walnut leaves in 250 ml of water. Let it infuse for 30 minutes. Drink one cup of infusion each day for 15 days per month. This infusion is quite bitter, so you can add some raw honey to make it sweeter.
- Walnut leaves tincture
Put two tablespoons of crushed dried walnut leaves into a glass jar and pour over 100 ml of alcohol. Put the lid on and place the glass recipient in a dark place for ten days. Shake the jar several times a day. Strain the tincture and let it sit for six days so that the tincture can settle. Strain again and pour into a bottle. Keep it in a dark place. You can keep this tincture for two years. After this period, it will start to lose its properties. Take half a teaspoon before each meal, 15 days per month.
Other benefits of walnut leaves
Walnut leaves can also be used to treat mild eczema or excessive sweating of the feet and hands. In some cultures, they are used as compresses for sunburns or to relieve scalp itching caused by dandruff.
Studies have also shown that walnut leaves contain anti-parasitic, bacteria-killing and insect-repelling properties.
Numerous intestinal disorders can be alleviated with walnut leaves, which stimulate the digestive tract, relieve diarrhea and cleanse the intestines. They also reduce colic, alleviate upset stomach and eliminate heartburn. If you plan to give walnut leaves tea or infusion to your child, first talk to your doctor to see if it’s safe to do this. Walnut leaves also cleanse the liver and the gall bladder, keeping these organs functioning properly, and it boosts the immune system.
Some people take one teaspoon of walnut leaves tincture from time to time just to maintain an overall good health.