Juglans cinerea


Botanical Name: Juglans cinerea
Common name: Butternut (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 394)
Family: Juglandaceae (Burns & Honkala, 1990, p. 386).
Parts used: Inner bark (Hoffmann, n.d.)



  • Naphthaquinones (juglone, julandin and juglandic acid)
  • Fixed and essential oils
  • Tannins

(Hoffmann, n.d.)



  • Cholagogue (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 504)
  • Laxative (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 394)



  • Chronic jaundice
  • Constipation
  • Skin disease (incl. eczema, herpes, acne, impetigo pemphigus, herpes)

As a chologogue it increases manufacturing and elimination of bile, with full doses producing large bilious evacuations.

(Hoffmann, n.d.)


Preparation & Dosage

Tincture: 1-2mL (Hoffmann, n.d.)



Contraindicated in pregnancy due to presence of anthraquinone (Hoffmann, 2003, p. 394).



Burns, M., & Honkala, B. (1990). Silvics of North America. Washington DC: United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved from: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=bMnRqCA3uzwC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

Hoffmann, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester Vermont: Healing Arts Press.

Hoffmann, D. (n.d.). Healthy.net. Retrieved from: http://www.healthy.net/scr/mmedica.aspx?MTId=1&Id=175

Image: Talbot. (1843). Late Trapper Medicines. Retrieved from: http://brianaltonenmph.com/6-history-of-medicine-and-pharmacy/trapper-and-explorer-medicine-ca-1790-1840/a-materia-medica-for-trappers-and-explorers/trapper-medicines-a-z/

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