Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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אגוז מלך

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Juglans regia



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10-15 m
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Grow in Israel in high areas in gardens and agricultural growth.


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Walnut is a deciduous fruit tree with a broad appearance from the nut family. In Israel it grows in private gardens and agricultural plantations. Its leaves are pinnate into 7-9 large leaflets. The male flowers hanged like long earrings and the female heads grows up from the young branches.
In the folk medicine the leaves and bark of walnut are used to remove stains from the teeth, prevention of diarrhea, hair dye, for strengthening the hearing, intestinal worms, skin problems and eye inflammation.
How to use
For removing stains from the teeth and treating toothaches  
Cut some young walnut branches and peel their bark from their wide part towards the narrow part.  Take a piece of the bark and rub the teeth with its inner side. Repeat this action every day. 
Another way is to rinse the mouth and gargle with a decoction of the fruit peel. 
 Preparation: before the fruits ripens remove the shells from them, take a handful of shells and cook them in half a liter of water, for about fifteen minutes. Fill your mouth with the liquid and gargle. Repeat 4 times a day.
Other Recipe against cavities, gingivitis and stains on teeth
During the ripening of walnut fruit (also pecans) their shells can be separated easily from the fruit. Collect two handfuls of shells, and squeeze them in a juicing machine (you must know that the nut fluid color is very dominant and can paint the machine in murky brown). Collect the liquid into a jar. Dip a Swab into the liquid and spread it on the teeth and gums. 
There is no doubt that after this treatment you will not want to show your brown teeth to your friends, and maybe you'll sentence yourself a vow of silence (it is good to keep quiet sometimes). This is an opportunity to seclude oneself in the Judean desert. But the end result justifies your temporary isolation from the society.
For treating Urinary incontinence:
Cook a handful of walnut shells (the green shell surrounding the nut) in one liter of water, strain and drink. You can also mix oak and walnut, the dose is 5 acorns and 5 walnuts shells to a liter of water.
At first, Walnut was common as a cultural growth in the near east and from there it was brought to Israel. The nut was first mentioned in the Song of Songs: "I went down into the garden of nuts, to look at the green plants of the valley" (6, 11).  According to the Hebrew, Greek and Roman tradition, the nut was a symbol of fertility and of couple relationships. As a result of this tradition it was customary to throw nuts at the wedding couple: " draw wine in pipes before the bride and groom and throw before them roasted seeds and nuts "(Babylonian Talmud, Berachot 50, 62) .
Tobias Cohn (1729-1652), who was the physician of the Turkish sultan Ahmed III, often praise the qualities of nut and says of him:" nutshells Juice is Good for washing the mouth and throat ... and nut oil is helpful for those who has  leprosy and psoriasis. " 
Assaf the jew, the first Hebrew famous physician, from the 7 century, mentions the qualities of nut oil, "relieves loins pain, and increases the sperm and will benefit the kidneys and crush the stones and fatten the nerazim". Maimondies says that nut is a difficult food to digest so it is better to eat nuts before the meal.