Monday, October 12, 2015

Black Walnut Salve

Green Stage of Black Wallnut Hulls,
Credit: The Natural Capital

You use the outer immature green husk of the black walnut to make a salve with powerful anti-fungal properties.

My main purpose is a natural replacement for athletes foot cream.

I've been waiting patiently for the walnuts to get ready for harvest. They can be picked any time in September or October in here Minnesota.

First you make an infused oil.

Here is the recipe...


1/4 cup bees wax
1/4 cup unrefined shea butter or organic coconut oil
1/2 cup of the outer green hulls of the black walnut infused in extra virgin olive oil
1/2 Teaspoon vitamin e oil (optional)


  1. To make an infusion heat the chopped or mashed green hulls in olive oil in a double boiler at low heat for two hours. Filter through cheese cloth or a coffee filter, squeezing out as much oil as possible
  2. In a clean double boiler combine  beeswax, shea butter and infused oil until it is melted.
  3. Let them combine over low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Mix in vitamin e and pour into containers to cool. Once cool, store in a cool dark area for good shelf life.
This salve can be applied to clean and dry affected areas two times a day until the fungus is completely gone. Fungal infections can be very persistent so this may take awhile. Diet changes can help.

You can also add 1/2 tsp other antifungal essential oils to the mix like:

  1. Oregano oil
  2. Thyme oil
  3. Lavendar oil
  4. Tea Tree oil

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