What is walnut shell used for? Application in medicine and cosmetology
Walnuts are not only tasty and healthy kernels, but also a healing shell, which has long been popular in folk medicine and cosmetology. Everyone who is familiar with the benefits of walnut peel will agree that throwing such a valuable substance out is inappropriate: with its use, you can prepare a lot of medicines or cosmetics. Read more about the features of using walnut shells below.
The chemical composition of the walnut shell
Many consider the husk of nuts as garbage that is simply disposed of.
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The fallacy of this opinion will be confirmed by information on the chemical composition of the peel, which contains stocks:
- ash - 1.6%;
- proteins - 2.5%;
- fiber - 60.9%;
- fat - 0.8%;
- extracts - 35.6%.
In addition to the above, the composition of the shell is rich:
- vitamin components (A, B, C, E);
- acids (ascorbic and carboxylic);
- vegetable proteins;
- compounds of alkaloids, steroids, coumarins, tannins;
- macro- and microelements (zinc, magnesium, iodine, iron, potassium).
The impressive useful composition of the nut peel justifies its use to eliminate many diseases.
- Effectively use these medicines from traditional healers to combat such diseases:
- malfunctions of the thyroid gland;
- inflammation of the upper skin and blood vessels;
- cholesterol deposits;
- atherosclerotic plaques;
- malfunctions of the musculoskeletal system;
- inflammation of the bronchi and upper respiratory tract;
- intoxication of the body.
It is advisable to treat teeth, or rather - to whiten them, such a folk remedy. Also, infusions on a nut peel help to overcome the problem of the appearance of excess vegetation on the skin and are very successful in dermatology - they perfectly eliminate skin diseases and defects (acne, abscesses, suppuration, provoked by infection in open wounds).
Such healing power and popularity in alternative medicine is explained by the fact that biologically active substances contained in the peel endow the liquid in which it is infused with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and restorative effects.
- Folk medicine men recommend the use of husk infusions for:
- compresses that are applied to the affected areas of the legs;
- treatment of thrombosis, as well as diseases of blood vessels and capillaries;
- anti-plaque and stone on the teeth: nut infusion has the property of softening plaque on tooth enamel, so it can be completely eliminated with an ordinary toothbrush;
- stopping uterine bleeding;
- strengthening the gums;
- getting rid of excessive sweating;
- removing cholesterol from the body.
They are also useful for strengthening hair: walnut husk contains substances that can restore the hair structure and restore their natural color and shine to the hair. In the case of dyed hair, a folk remedy will help consolidate the dyeing effect. The pericarp of the culture is known for its beneficial properties in alopecia: they are able to prevent hair loss.
Did you know? The average age of culture trees is 200 years: up to about 60 years they grow in length, and then — only wide. In the Caucasus, you can find long-lived nuts, whose age is 300-400 years.
Benefits in traditional medicine
To prepare a medicine from a peel, you must first separate the husk from the kernels. Since it is much harder to benefit from a hard shell than from kernels that can be simply eaten, various tinctures and decoctions are made on its basis. Methods of treating various diseases with the help of husk nuts are presented below.
To effectively combat polyps, it is recommended to prepare a therapeutic tincture using a husk removed from 30 pieces of fruit, which is poured with vodka (0.5 l). The mixture is sent to infuse in a dark, cool place for 2 weeks, and then consume 1 tbsp. l 3 times a day.
It is useful for those suffering from diabetes to use a tincture, which is prepared from the following components:
- husk with 5 large fruits;
- vodka - 0.5 l.
The peel is crushed and poured into a container with vodka, then it is tightly corked, leaving it to insist in a dark cool place. The infusion period is one week. Drink daily, pipetting 15 drops of the medicine. Take before eating, about half an hour.
Important! Vodka or alcohol based nut extracts can provoke irritation of the gastric mucosa, so it is advisable to take them by diluting with water.
Medicines with the use of nutshells, due to their useful composition, tend to eliminate joint problems and are widely used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis and other diseases.
To prepare a folk medicine, you will need:
- chopped husks of walnuts - 1/3 half a liter jar;
- vodka - 0.5 l.
The ingredients are mixed and sent to a dark, cool room where they must be infused for up to 3 weeks. After the specified time, the medicine is filtered and stored in a container of dark glass. Take 1 time per day one hour before meals.
Respiratory system diseases
Problems with inflammation in the airways and bronchi will help eliminate the decoction, the recipe for which includes the following ingredients:
- husk 4 nuts;
- 1 tbsp. dried elderberry;
- 1 tbsp. honey;
- 0.5 l of water.
All components must be mixed and boiled for 30 minutes, cool the prepared broth and strain. For effective treatment of diseases of the respiratory system, the drug must be taken daily at 15 g, regardless of when and how many times you eat.
Did you know? The origin of walnuts, despite their name, has nothing to do with Greece. Perhaps this attribute was attached to the culture due to the fact that the Greeks were one of the first to understand the benefits of the fruits of this plant.
Infusion on a nut peel will help to quickly and effectively rid the body of worms, regardless of their variety.
To prepare a folk medicine, stock up:
- chopped peel of walnuts - 2 tbsp. l .;
- boiling water - 1 tbsp.
Mix the components, cover and leave for 1 hour. Then the tool must be filtered and can be taken. The recommended dose is 0.5 cups, the frequency is 2 times a day, the course lasts 2 weeks. If the medicine is intended for children, its dose should be halved.
To get rid of a sore throat, it is necessary to fill the peel of the nut with chopped garlic and put between the thumb and forefinger. The tool must be fixed and soak for 20 minutes. With the focus of the disease formed on the right side, fight by applying a compress to the right hand, with the left - do the opposite.
Important! Before starting treatment with folk medicine from peel nuts, consult your doctor and read the contraindications.
Medicines from the husk of nuts are an excellent tool for restoring the elasticity and strength of blood vessels, since it helps to remove cholesterol, absorb the salts and blood clots, and thin the blood.For this purpose, you need to take 15 pcs.shells, grind them and pour vodka or alcohol (0.5 l). Insist the medicine in dark cool conditions for 14 days. Tincture should acquire a rich brown color. Use it daily on an empty stomach for 1 tbsp. l
Effectively and quickly remove the stone on the teeth will help a decoction made from the following ingredients:
- husk of nuts: 40 g;
- water: 200 ml.
The product must be boiled for 15 minutes, then cool and strain. In a nutty broth, place your toothbrush for 10 minutes and brush your teeth. Repeat the procedure daily, 3 times.
Already after 10-15 days, the stones on the teeth will disappear, and the teeth themselves will acquire a radiant whiteness. This medicine is an excellent option for the prevention of diseases of the teeth and oral cavity, such as periodontitis or stomatitis.
Application in cosmetology
To make hair silky and healthy, to dye it in a natural chestnut shade will help gruel prepared from green husks of walnuts and water in the same ratio. The gruel is applied to the hairline and kept for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly.In cosmetology, they use both the peel and the fruit kernels, as well as foliage, from which oils, decoctions and tinctures are made to tone the skin, eliminate sweating of the legs, and get rid of excess vegetation on the body.
In the garden and in the garden
Walnut husk is not only a medical and cosmetic product; it can also be used in the household: use as fertilizer in a garden or vegetable garden. To do this, it is recommended to burn the peel and scatter it over the right place.
Important! The nutshell contains a large amount of juglone - a powerful natural phytoncide that inhibits the development of soil microflora and plant growth. If weed control is necessary, this is a plus, but a negative effect on cultivated plants is also possible, so a rotten shell is not always useful.
Therapy with folk remedies based on nutshells is not always justified, because, like any medicine, it can become a source of harm.
- Hazelnut medicines have contraindications for use for the following categories of people:
- suffering from individual intolerance (medications can provoke an allergy);
- having an excessive amount of iodine in the body (the peel of walnuts is rich in this microelement, and the use of drugs based on it is fraught with a sharp increase in iodine. It is also contraindicated to use such drugs for allergies to iodine);
- patients with chronic colitis and enterocolitis (possibly exacerbation of the disease);
- suffering from pancreatitis, acute intestinal and cardiac pathologies, psoriasis, dermatitis, diathesis, neurodermatitis (drugs based on vodka and alcohol are strictly forbidden to them, since they can cause a rapid exacerbation of diseases and a deterioration in the general condition of the body);
- prone to elevated platelet levels in the blood.
The easiest and most popular way of peeling nuts is the traditional one: hammering the fruit. And so that it does not scatter in different directions and the shell does not have to be collected all over the house, the nut should be placed in a bag of linen or a dense bag.
Important! You can determine how hard the peel is by the appearance of the fetus. Thick-leafed nuts are elongated and small in size.
There are other cleaning methods:
- in order to easily peel the nut from the peel, you need to hold the fruit in boiling water for 10 minutes: the husk will soften and easily separate from the kernels;
- hold the fruit in the oven at a temperature of + 200 ° С for about 10-15 minutes: the shell will become brittle and will easily crack with the same hammer;
- buy a special nutcracker;
- the original cleaning methods include placing the fetus between the door leaf and the jamb, after which it is necessary to smoothly close the door;
- depending on the variety variety, the nutshell can be soft enough to crack, tightly squeezing two fruits in the palm of your hand.
Video: how to peel walnuts
Features and basic rules of application
In order for the treatment with nut remedies to benefit, and not become a source of harm, you need to familiarize yourself with the features and rules of their use.
Vodka tincture is used internally or applied externally. With diabetes, intestinal disorders and diseases of internal organs, a folk remedy is taken orally, strictly observing the dosages recommended by the healers. For skin diseases using tinctures on vodka, compresses are made.
Video: walnut shell tincture
Tincture on milk
This medicine is used to eliminate insomnia, frequent dizziness and seizures. It is advisable to drink the product chilled, not exceeding the dosage recommended by traditional healers.
Such a medicine is effective in eliminating the symptoms of radiculitis. The tool is strictly forbidden to be taken orally: only externally - compresses and lotions.
Did you know? The names “holiday for the brain” and “food for the mind” were assigned to walnuts, which is explained not only by the similarity of their kernels with the human brain, but also by the ability to activate mental activity and improve memory.
You can get ash peel, burning crushed shells on the grill. So you do not lose the healing product. The husk turns into ash in half an hour, after which it must be thoroughly ground to a powder state. Apply such a substance inside: 2 tbsp. ash is bred in a glass of water. Ash from the husk of nuts helps to eliminate toxins from the body, eliminates the symptoms of poisoning.
Mainly, the medicine is effective for preventive procedures and the elimination of diseases of the oral cavity and teeth. Method of use - rinse. A decoction of husk nuts is also popular in gynecology: due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it is used for douching in order to eliminate female fungal diseases.
The peel powder is obtained after drying the fruits in the oven, and then grinding their husks in a coffee grinder. Method of application - external: using a powder, compresses are applied that are applied to skin lesions and wounds.
Harvesting and storage
To prepare the peel of walnuts, it is necessary to carry out several activities correctly, the most important of which is the collection of fruits and their drying. Collected nuts (it is necessary to organize collection in dry weather) can be dried both outdoors, indoors, or in the oven. If you decide to dry the fruits outdoors, choose a warm sunny day for this.Fruits need to be folded in one layer on a non-soaking cloth and constantly mixed. In one day they will not dry: the procedure should be repeated up to 6 days. For drying in closed conditions, you should choose a well-ventilated room, for example, an attic, and pour the crop onto tables or racks.
The procedure is the same: stirring for 5-6 days. The fastest way to dry nuts is to put them in the oven and let them stand there for 3 hoursby setting the temperature + 45 ° С. After the specified time period, the temperature should be increased to + 70 ° C and hold the fruit for another half hour. Then remove and let cool.
Important! It is possible to determine whether the nuts have dried out by their kernels: they must be dense and dry, and not springy. If left feeling "Rubber", dry the fruit.
To prevent nuts (peel and kernels) from losing their benefits, place them in the correct containers: you can use a basket or mesh bag, inside of which a moist environment will not form, causing damage to the crop. The best place to store is the cellar, ideal conditions are cool.Under these conditions, nuts will retain their benefits and remain a treat for 2 years.The peel of nuts is not a waste whose purpose is a bin, but a valuable and effective remedy. Folk healers managed to unravel the healing power of the nutshell: they widely use the product for the preparation of medicines and even products that are used in cosmetology.