Walnut, scientifically referred to either as Juglans Regia or Juglans Nigra, is also
known as the Black Walnut or White Walnut. During the ancient times, it is called
as Persicon, Basilicon, Regia, Caryan and Juglan.
Walnut, which comes from the plant genus Juglandaceae, was said to have been first
discovered in Persia, which is probably the best explanation why walnut is called
as Persicon in the middle-east region.
According history, it was the Romans (Italy) who had the great passion over the fruit. It
was also them who took tree samplings to the neighboring countries of Germany and
Britain, where it was utilized to make furniture.
Walnuts are also considered sacred. Stories foretold claim that festivals in honor
of Diana, the Greek Goddess, would not push through unless held underneath a walnut
tree. It was also said that the wedding custom which involves the walnuts also originated
from that folklore.
There is also another version as to how its name got to be. Its fruit, ancient stories
claim, are shaped like the brain, which at that time refers to nuts, while stubborn
people are described as those who have ?nuts? hard as the wall - hard-headed at that.
Walnut is deemed as very useful, both as an edible food and as an herbal component.
Among the plant parts deemed as of importance are the leaves, nut, casing and the
Walnut is known for bringing relaxing feeling out of the scent of the walnut leaves.
However, others are of the view that the walnut got this name owing to the similarity
of the kernel to the shape of the human brain. Even during the ancient times, walnut
has been widely used to cure ailments and relieve pains.
Aside from being therapeutic herbs, walnuts are made into sweetened delicacy. It
also forms part and parcel of medical mixtures and herbal medicines primarily designed
to cure ailments like abrasions and cuts, candida and yeast infections, digestive
discomforts caused by parasites and worms, sore throat, anemia and laryngitis.
However, many over overlooked one crucial benefit of walnut. It has properties that
appear effective in addressing baldness. The outer crust of the nut are infused and
used for the treatment of hair loss. Regular use of the infused outer crust of the
walnuts is also found to be an effective component in promoting hair growth and re-growth
for those who may have bald for years or just starting to bald.