New Info: Black Walnut Husks

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Keriamon
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   Posted 12/26/2007 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
A lady I work with and I were talking today about IBS and she mentioned that black walnut husks--which you can get at a health food store, presumably in pill form--are the holistic treatment for bacterial problems.  I guess something in them kills bacteria.  I don't know anything about it past that, but it might be worth looking into for some people who suspect or know they have a bacteria or yeast problem, but can't get their doctor to treat it. 

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 12/26/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
That is one of the things that are used in the colon cleanse I noticed. I am glad to know they are good for something. I have a Black walnut tree and it is such a nuisance.

Keriamon
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   Posted 12/26/2007 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I can one up you. We have a black walnut tree growing up out of our deck in front of our house. A big one. It looks nice and helps shade the house, but for two-three months every fall, it sounds like we are under mortar attack as the walnuts fall from the tree, hit the metal roof, then roll off and hit the deck. It's really bad when it's windy and they drop in clusters. I told my husband I like the tree shading the house for energy reasons, but when we build our new place, NO nut trees near the house.

Otherwise, walnut hulls are good for dyeing, so we can find use for them once they fall.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 12/26/2007 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine hits my awning in my mobile home so I know what you mean though I have had it cut back. I have a lot of squirrels which I feed except when the walnuts are thriving. It helps same me a lot of pickup. What the heck do you dye? I heard they are good in cookies but I am not about to hull them.

Keriamon
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   Posted 12/27/2007 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
>>What the heck do you dye?<<

Fabric. Remember my husband and I do historic re-enacting. He has a small container full of them in our garage for when he feels like dyeing something. Most of his 18th century shirts are white or off-white, and when they get too stained, you can throw them in a pot of boiled walnut hulls (no need to hull them though; throw them in whole) and dye them some shade of brown. Walnut hulls are one of the few dyes which don't need a mordant; the dye will hold up well with nothing added to it. Almost every other plant material needs a mordant to make the dye take to the fabric and not fade too much (although all natural dyes fade some). Common mordants are salt, cream of tartar and even iron filings (which themselves color fabric, so you have to be careful what dye you pair them with, but it's a good way to get a mixed color, like, say, purple). We have a fire pit in our back yard, so when we get ready to dye something, we drag out the big cauldron, hang it over a fire, and dye. We haven't yet dyed with walnuts--RIT is our preferred dye--but we have dyed several items in that pot over the fire. It works really well; you just can't do as well in a washing machine or a pot on a stove (I've done both of those too).

The squirrels will eat the hulls of our nuts, but even then, have you tried to crack one of those things open? I hit one with a hammer multiple times and never made a crack. My husband says that walnuts like we buy in the store are from an English walnut tree that makes bigger nuts with thinner shells.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 12/27/2007 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, too tough for me but those rascally squirrels do a good job on them. It looks like it is snowing sometimes as the they are peeling them in the trees. English walnuts are different and cheaper but they will all really mess up your hands for a long time. I live close to a town called Walnut Creek and certain times of the year the people that live there all have stained hands. Ok, enough chit chat on walnuts.

pb4
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   Posted 12/27/2007 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
That's funny, sounds like squirrels are tougher than you guys LOL!

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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